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Category: Advocacy Feature

The Parentage Act Advances Through the House
Now that the House has unanimously passed An Act Relative to Parentage to Promote Children's Security, also known as the Parentage Act, we are one step closer to codifying it! Take Action: Please thank your representative for supporting the Parentage Act and encourage your senator to move this bill ...
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CLM Honors Legislative Champions for Children at State House Advocacy Day
On May 16th, the Children’s League of Massachusetts (CLM) gathered with more than 130 advocates, staff from direct service provider organizations, and legislators at the Massachusetts State House for Advocacy Day. Together, we amplified legislative priorities and budget investments vital for vulne...
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Critical Child Welfare Legislation Advances - Urge Legislators to Pass Priority Bills
We're happy to report the Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities has enhanced and advanced critical priority bills. See below for the key bills we are tracking and the details. An Act Enhancing Child Welfare Protections (Child Welfare Omnibus) S.124 / H.165 - New Draft: S...
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Senate Ways and Means FY25 Budget: One Step Forward for Children and Family Services
On May 7, 2024, the Senate Ways and Means Committee (SWM) FY25 budget was released. Highlights include an additional $5M in funding to Family Resource Centers (4800-0200) and holding steady on solid investments made by the Governor and House of Representatives. We appreciate that SWM Chair Rodrigues...
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CLM Amplifies Key Data & Legislative Priorities - Child Abuse Prevention Month
During Child Abuse Prevention Month, CLM shares important data and amplifies key legislative priorities to promote child and family well-being Throughout this month, we are raising awareness on how to better support families and prevent child maltreatment across the state and country. Many bills we ...
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CLM Uplifts Key Priorities During National Social Work Month
As March comes to an end, the Children's League celebrates National Social Work Month. This month, CLM recognizes the dedicated social workers who work tirelessly to serve and improve the lives of thousands of children, young adults, and families across the Commonwealth in need of support. Social wo...
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CLM Highlights Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Young Adults Exiting the State's Child Welfare System
On March 14th, CLM and partners held a legislative briefing at the Massachusetts State House and called for increased support for Massachusetts’ transition age youth through the adoption of key legislation and budget investments. Transition age youth (TAY) are young adults between the ages of 18 a...
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CLM Urges the Legislature to Advance FY25 Budget Priorities for Children and Families
While the Children's League of Massachusetts appreciates many strong investments in children, families, and human service providers in Governor Maura Healey's proposed FY25 budget, there are a few critical programs that need additional investments. We encourage our House of Representatives, particul...
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The Intersection of Poverty and Child Welfare Involvement
The Children's League of Massachusetts and CLM Member HopeWell explore the intersection of poverty and child welfare involvement. In the following fact sheet, we discuss the research showcasing the link between poverty and child welfare involvement, the necessary solutions to alleviate the challenge...
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Governor Healey's FY25 Budget Proposal
On January 24, the Healey-Driscoll 58.1 Billion Dollar Budget Proposal for FY25 was released, and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services held a stakeholders call to review key investments for children, families, and providers. Despite the budget's growth being constrained to les...
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