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Across the state, Massachusetts offers a wealth of resources for families and individuals who have fallen on hard times. From child advocacy to transitional assistance, state agency welfare and social services provide assistance and support for those in need.

Department of Children and Families

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) offers various programs to support family needs.

Office of the Child Advocate

The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) ensures each child involved with juvenile justice, welfare, or another state service receives help in a timely and respectful manner. OCA works with social workers, legislators, administrators, doctors and other professionals to improve services to children and families.

Department of Transitional Assistance

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) provides financial assistance and services to residents in need.

F.O.R. (Follow-Up, Outreach and Referral) Families

The F.O.R. (Follow-Up Outreach Referral) Families program helps homeless families who are transitioning to a more stable living situation.

Home visiting services are also available to those receiving emergency assistance from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Home visitors conduct family assessments and can make referrals to other services.

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. But with the help of Massachusetts’s welfare and social services, residents can find the support they need. Relief programs are available to help provide food, medical services, housing needs, and more. Be sure to reach out to any friends or family members that may benefit from these resources so they can get back on their feet.

Do you have any additional resources to share? Feel free to let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @MassGov.

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