Failing Our Kids

Measures of the Broken Child Welfare System in Massachusetts

News & Commentary – with a Critical Eye on Foster Care in Massachusetts

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VOL 1.2 /// JUNE–JULY 2021

The Not-So-Carefree Days of Summer

As restrictions relax nationwide and people begin to travel and to reunite with loved ones in person for ...
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Groundbreaking Report From Friends of Children Draws Significant Attention to Broken MA Child Welfare System

A damning report released by Friends of Children in late April continues to reverberate among policymakers statewide. Failing ...
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Donation Finds Many Homes

This spring Angel Flight NE, a nonprofit that schedules free air transportation for children and adults requiring specialized ...
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Kathie’s Fund Raises $2,200

In our last edition of Fostering Change, we honored beloved CASA volunteer Kathie Stewart with the creation of ...
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Leveling the Playing Field With Basic Resources for Kids in Foster Care

Foster children often arrive with a plastic trash bag of clothing, confused and scared. They stay for a ...
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Sergio: Success with FOCUS

In this powerful story, Sergio shares the impact of having mentors through our FOCUS program, a program for ...
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We speak the truth on behalf of children, no matter how difficult it is to hear. 

We are champions of their best interests. We advocate for the rights and dignity of children in and aging-out of foster care. We recognize the whole child, and commit to changing the course of their lives. Their future and our community’s legacy depend on it.

COVID-19 has created a crisis within a crisis for our children and youth.

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Our policy advocacy arm works with state officials, policy makers and other advocacy groups to improve the Commonwealth’s child welfare system.

Learn More About Our Current Policy Advocacy Initiatives →

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Spring 2021 CASA Trainings

Friends of Children is always looking for volunteers and will be holding its next training in the spring.

This training is conducted for all volunteers who have completed the initial CASA screening process, including filling out an application.

If you are interested, please contact Debi Belkin, CASA Director.

Looking for support?

Our programs can help you or a child you know that is currently in foster care or aging out with basic needs like food and health care, or with educational and personal growth opportunities.

If you are having a mental health crisis or feeling like you are in an unsafe situation call 911 or refer to this list of toll free numbers made available through childcare.gov.

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Court Appointed Special Advocacy

Providing a voice for the best interests of children involved in abuse, neglect and other challenging cases in Franklin and Hampshire counties.

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Meeting Basic Needs

Providing basic needs for children in – and aged-out of – the foster care system, such as clothing, school supplies, and money for extracurricular activities.

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Youth Mentorship Program

Connecting transition-aged youth to resources and community members who help young people succeed and be independent. 

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Arts & Media Expression

Inviting young people 16 and older to have their voices heard by sharing their experiences in foster care through artistic expression.

It takes a village!

We know this important work cannot be done without contributions from our entire community.

Just a simple donation of school supplies or clothing can go a long way to improving a young person's day.

Are you a compassionate listener? Or someone with valuable skills to pass along to young people? Children need reliable advocates and mentors to help them navigate challenges and develop the confidence to become independent.

Maybe you have experience in marketing, social media, photography, videography, or events coordination? So much goes on behind the scenes, and we may have a great fit for you!

Perhaps a financial gift is the best way for you to make an impact? We have multiple options to help you support our work.

Interested in volunteering?

From one-time to long-term volunteering, we have a volunteer opportunity that will be the right fit for you!

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From one time to long-term volunteering, we have a volunteer opportunity that will be the right fit for you!