Friends of Children Receives National 2021 Angel in Adoption Award

Thank you to Senator Edward Markey and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for recognizing our hard work and dedication for children and young adults impacted by foster care or juvenile-justice involvement. We are so honored to be a 2021 Angels in Adoption Honoree.

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

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VOL 1.3 /// OCT–NOV 2021

Whatever It Takes

This continues to be a year that juxtaposes joy with worry. When we think we’ve turned a milestone ...
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An Autumn of Truth and Action To Change Child Welfare Policy

As autumn deepens, so does the season of policy action at Friends of Children. We continue to educate ...
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Our Kids Deserve Independent Foster Care Review

The federal government requires all states that receive federal foster-care funding to review the permanency plans of each ...
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Being a Mentor: One family’s journey

Sarah and Dave share the story of what a mentor is and means to both their FOCUS young ...
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Friends of Children Receives National 2021 Angel in Adoption Award

Friends of Children is honored to receive the 2021 Angel in Adoption Award of the Congressional Coalition on ...
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Amherst Area Chamber Golf Tournament is A Hole-In-One for Friends of Children

Community leaders and golf enthusiasts took to the greens at Cold Spring Orchards in Belchertown, MA on July ...
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Support Friends of Children Through “Race Your Way”

October 24-31, 2021 for the second year in a row, Friends of Children is taking its virtual race ...
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Make Supporting Vulnerable Children an Ongoing Reflection of Who You Are

“A foster child/teen already has so much emotional baggage, the last thing they need is the shame felt ...
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Failing Our Kids

Measures of the Broken Child Welfare System in Massachusetts

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 →

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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