Sergio: Success with FOCUS

Sergio standing on a bench

In this powerful story, Sergio shares the impact of having mentors through our FOCUS program, a program for young adults aging out of foster care. Sergio shares how the support he has received is helping him take control of his life. As Sergio so heartfully says, “I am the future.” We are grateful that we…

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Kathie’s Fund Raises $2,200

Kathie Stewart and her husband Richard

In our last edition of Fostering Change, we honored beloved CASA volunteer Kathie Stewart with the creation of Kathie’s Fund, which makes it possible for children supported by CASA to enroll in sports programs. Through generous donations, we have raised more than $2,200. CASA volunteers are reaching out to enroll their youth in sports, and…

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Donation Finds Many Homes

Partners in the Angle Flight NE bag donation

This spring Angel Flight NE, a nonprofit that schedules free air transportation for children and adults requiring specialized medical care outside of their geographic area, reached out to Friends of Children with a unique and generous offer. They had more than 1,000 new cloth satchel bags that they no longer needed. Instead of discarding them,…

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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 the first time in a very long time, I’ve heard the word “carefree” to describe the coming days of summer. But for many of the thousands of children, youth, and young adults in out-of-home placements in Massachusetts,…

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CASA Changes Lives

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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Honoring the Memory of Kathie Stewart, Adored CASA Volunteer

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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A Pivotal Moment for Child-Welfare Action

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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Emerging, Stronger.

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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