Friends of Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of hundreds of children each year by working to bring security and hope to abused and neglected children in the foster care system. These children from birth to young adulthood have been made vulnerable by abuse and neglect and often have other special needs associated with mental health, trauma, education and permanency.
Since it began, Friends of Children has advocated on behalf of more than 10,000 children in western Massachusetts.
That’s good. But it’s not good enough. There are still many children who need our help.
The mission of Friends of Children is to serve the needs of children through individual case advocacy and support of coordinated programs and policies to improve their lives.
Our vision is that all children, especially those who are most vulnerable, have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. We believe all children have the right to safe, consistent and nurturing homes in which to live, as well as access to essential services and quality educational opportunities that will allow them to succeed.
How we do it…
We speak the truth on behalf of vulnerable children, no matter how difficult it is to hear.
We act by promoting their best interests, bringing together these multiple facets of their lives, including; family, protection and safety, education, mental health, general well-being, and laws and regulations.
We change the course of the lives of vulnerable children by identifying and meeting their needs. Their future and our community’s legacy depend on it.