This amazing story sheds light on the impact a CASA advocate and the right foster parent (now adoptive parent) can have on the life of a child. We are honored to have Eva and Dianne share their journey and Jo-Ann Vanin, their CASA, share the critical role a CASA can have. We hope you will take…

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Kathie Stewart and her husband Richard

When the perfectly coiffed CASA volunteer walked into the Friends of Children conference room, it lit up! Her smile, eagerness, and warmth made talking with her so easy—even when the topics were anything but easy to discuss. Kathie Stewart volunteered with the Hampshire/Franklin Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)  Program at Friends of Children for over…

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As a leading independent voice for young people involved in the child-welfare system in Massachusetts, Friends of Children serves as a unique and powerful agent for policy advocacy—and your support means more than ever at this critical juncture in child-welfare reform. The COVID-19 crisis has amplified issues already facing the staggering number of children and…

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From Executive Director Jane Lyons Welcome to Fostering Change, the freshly reimagined newsletter here at Friends of Children. The name Fostering Change succinctly captures the spirit of our work—taking action to achieve meaningful change for young people in the child-welfare system, both through our award-winning direct-service programs and through our tireless advocacy for policy reform. …

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