The health and well-being of children across the Commonwealth is the foremost priority of our children, youth and family serving agencies. Our programs and services are designed to protect and aid children and youth as well as to strengthen their families. We work to strengthen families and individuals by providing quality services, information, and other resources across a number of life domains. For example, in fiscal year 2012, our Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – the Commonwealth’s largest nutrition program – provided an average of 471,000 households with assistance in purchasing food each month.

We strive to meet the complex needs of families and children in a comprehensive and well-coordinated manner, with a particular goal of giving children across the Commonwealth the best possible opportunity for long-term success, regardless of their current circumstances. Additionally, in order to optimally serve individuals and families, as well as to improve services for children, youth, and families, we have embraced the values and principles of Systems of Care, Strengthening Families, and Positive Youth Development frameworks. These frameworks encourage activities such as: proactively promoting protective factors in young people; employing youth and family assets, with families and youth guiding planning; building meaningful relationships within families and communities; engaging and coordinating across all elements of the community; and promoting cultural and linguistic competence across our agencies, programs, and services.

EOHHS, with its partners, seeks to transform Massachusetts’ child and family service system to a strengths-based, family-centric model that serves the whole child and family.

Strategic Goals

  1. Improve the service delivery system for families, this includes:
    1. Improving access to services through the enhancement of information resources and family access points
    2. Improving coordination and communication across child, youth and family serving agencies and programs
    3. Improving and streamlining business processes
    4. Strengthening the human services workforce
  2. Increase educational outcomes of children by addressing the barriers to learning that exist because a child’s basic needs are not being met
  3. Partner with local communities to implement targeted strategies to reduce youth violence

This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.