24/7 Youth Crisis Hotline

The National Runaway Safeline aims to help individuals help themselves. They use crisis intervention to work through problems and find a plan of action.


New Hope Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault 24/7 Hotline

New Hope offers a wide range in services which combine crisis intervention, violence prevention, life transition, and self-sufficiency opportunities, while promoting behavioral and systemic changes to reduce violence at the individual and community levels.


Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) 24/7 Hotline

BARCC offers free, confidential services to survivors, their friends and families, and professionals ages 12 and older.  If an individual has been sexually assaulted within the last five days, they can take immediate steps.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

This is a federally funded suicide prevention hotline connecting individuals to crisis centers across the country.



1-877-870-4673 | Call or Text 24/7
Samariteens is a crisis hotline for teens that is staffed by teen volunteers, and can provide help to a teen who is suicidal or in despair.


Mass 2-1-1

Dial: 2-1-1
Mass 2-1-1 is a 24/7 Hotline that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community.  It serves as a resource for finding government benefits and services, nonprofit organizations, support groups, volunteer opportunities, donation programs, and other local resources.


MA Youth & Young Adult Substance Abuse Services Directory



Foster Child Bill of Rights

Foster Child Rights  pdf format of Foster Child Rights
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The Sibling Bill of Rights

Sibling Bill of Rights  pdf format of Sibling Bill of Rights
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Department of Mental Health Human Rights Handbook

Human Rights Handbook  pdf format of Human Rights Handbook
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Handbook for Parents, Legal Guardians, & Custodians in Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) Cases

This handbook will help you understand what is likely to happen in court, who the people are that may be involved, and what your rights are as a parent, legal guardian, or custodian in a CRA case.


Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) Youth Advocacy Division (YAD)

YAD assists children in delinquency proceedings with effective representation in court, educational advocacy, psychological assessments, and individualized referrals to community resources.


Just for Youth: Advocating for Youths in the MA Department of Youth Services (DYS)

This book describes the basic steps that a youth typically follows within the DYS system, from the point of arrest until discharge.  The book is focused particularly on the rights of a youth involved with DYS.  The book explores two areas closely: 1) mental health/substance abuse services; and 2) education.