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 by seeming different to others. Friends of Children works tirelessly to instill the dignity each person deserves. Our monthly donation makes it a little bit easier to achieve that goal.  My father was a foster child after…

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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 event on the road! Race Your Way enables supporters to create their own special “move-a-thon” while raising critical funds. Lace up your running sneakers, walking shoes, or hiking boots and go the extra mile to help the…

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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 Adoption Institute. The award, for which FOC was nominated by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), recognizes the organization’s more than 31 years of work on behalf of children impacted by the foster care system. Founded in 2001, the…

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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 adult and to them. The gift that this opportunity provides for all involved touches everyone’s life. Friends of Children is fortunate to have amazing folks such as Sarah and Dave to support our young adults aging out…

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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 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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Whatever It Takes

This continues to be a year that juxtaposes joy with worry. When we think we’ve turned a milestone corner in addressing Covid-19, we are confronted with an extremely virulent variant. While we have wanted to celebrate the resilience of our steadfast and caring volunteers, we’ve had to put that on hold until we can gather…

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