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Youth Villages part of Strengthening Families Coalition in Massachusetts

July 6, 2010

Youth Villages is a proud participant in the Strengthening Families Coalition in Massachusetts.

The Coalition, spearheaded by Rosie’s Place, comprises more than 35 well respected local service organizations. Through the Coalition, Youth Villages supports policies that strengthen preservation and timely reunification for families involved with the Department of Children and Families.

Coalition research has shown the state spends eight times as much on out-of-home placements than it spends on family preservation and reunification services. Matt Stone, Youth Villages Massachusetts state manager, recently testified along with Sana Fadel, the Strengthening Families director, before the Massachusetts State Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. At the hearing, Fadel and Stone discussed real-world examples of the outcomes and cost effectiveness of intensive in-home services.

Working with the Coalition, Youth Villages continues to make a case for more financial emphasis on keeping families together and helping them succeed through intensive in-home support.

Those efforts are already making a difference. Department of Children and Families Commissioner Angelo McClain spoke at a February 2010 Strengthening Families Coalition meeting and referenced Youth Villages’ work in his presentation.

Advocating for changes in how services are provided to at-risk children and their families has become an important part of Youth Villages’ mission in Massachusetts.

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