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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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 Stewart and her husband Richard

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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VOL 1.1 /// APR–MAY 2021

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 ...
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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 ...
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Honoring the Memory of Kathie Stewart, Adored CASA Volunteer

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 ...
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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 ...
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