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 child, youth, or young adult in foster care every six months to evaluate that young person’s safety, well-being, and progress towards permanency.  The consequences of these reviews can be life-altering.  In most states, this review is the…

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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 and galvanize Beacon Hill decision makers to enact one of many needed reforms for young people in foster care—the establishment of an independent foster care review office in Massachusetts. The creation of a truly independent entity to…

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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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