Lawmakers asked to "step up" for kids

BOSTON (WWLP) — Family support groups say 66 children are abused in Massachusetts everyday. And now, lawmakers are being asked to “step up” for children.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Children's Trust Fund finds that by visiting new parents at home, they can teach skills on how to raise their kids in healthy environments.

Family advocates lined the State House Grand Staircase with 66 pairs of shoes representing the average number of children who are abused or neglected everyday in Massachusetts.

A young mother from Hampshire County said despite having a son while in high school, home visits from family counselors gave her the support she needed to learn the skills of a new mom.

The Children's Trust Fund is asking lawmakers for about $10.5 million to fund a program called Healthy Families that provides home visits to teen parents.

"It was hard for me but Healthy Families supported me, and they would just give me the emotional support that I needed,” said Megan Scott. “When it would get stressful, I would always have somebody to talk to."

Amherst Senator Stanley Rosenberg, who grew up in foster care from age five to college, was honored for his legislative support in advancing children's causes.

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