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New Membership Announced for Senate and House Committees
February 23, 2023 KEY COMMITTEE The Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities has great influence over our legislative agenda. This committee considers all matters concerning child welfare, juvenile justice, public welfare, and children and adults with physical, d...
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Gov. Healey's Supplemental Budget Bill Would Provide Key Supports for Vulnerable Children and Families
January 31, 2023 On Monday, Governor Maura Healey filed a supplemental budget bill requesting emergency funding through the end of FY2023 for programs that provide vital supports to vulnerable children and families. These requests include: Food and housing insecurity are significant contributors to ...
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January News Roundup
January 31, 2023 Some recent news stories from around Massachusetts and the nation pertaining to child welfare and family well-being. In Massachusetts: Stories from around the country:...
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The Office of Economic Empowerment Releases Report on Baby Bonds
January 26, 2023 A new report released by the Baby Bonds Task Force from The Office of Economic Empowerment claims that state investment into government-issued Baby Bonds could help close the racial wealth gap across Massachusetts. Background:Massachusetts is an extremely expensive state a...
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CLM Celebrates Passage of the Foster Parents' Bill of Rights
January 5, 2023 The Children’s League of Massachusetts (CLM) celebrates one more 2021-2022 Session Victory: the passage of An Act Establishing a Foster Parents' Bill of Rights! This legislation expands and codifies several key rights important to foster families, including access to training ...
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Thank You to Secretary Marylou Sudders!
January 5, 2023 On January 5th, Marylou Sudders steps down from her role as Massachusetts’ Secretary of Health and Human Services. Secretary Sudders leaves behind a legacy as the state’s longest serving health secretary and we thank her for her eight years of service to the Commonwealth under th...
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December News Roundup
December 30, 2022 Some recent news stories from around Massachusetts and the nation pertaining to child welfare and family well-being. In Massachusetts: Stories from across the country:...
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Home Visiting (MIECHV) Legislation to Be Signed by President Biden
December 28, 2022 This week Congress passed a year-end legislative package that includes the Jackie Walorski Maternal and Child Home Visiting Reauthorization Act of 2022! This legislation reauthorizing and expanding the MIECHV program will reach President Biden's desk for signature in the coming day...
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JJPAD Releases Report on Reforming the Child Requiring Assistance System
December 21, 2022 This month, the Juvenile Justice Policy and Data Board (JJPAD) released a report on the Child Requiring Assistance System (CRA) after concluding its two-year study on CRA. The report's primary recommendation is to shift a significant portion of CRA cases away from the court room an...
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Home Visiting Programs: A Lifeline of Support for New and Expecting Families
December 14, 2022 For many, pregnancy can be a joyous experience even amidst the undeniable stress that comes with starting a family. New parents who are lucky enough to be surrounded by friends and family receive support to navigate the unfamiliarity that comes with giving birth and raising a child...
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