BOSTON (WWLP) — Family support groups say
66 children are abused in
Massachusetts everyday. And now, lawmakers are being asked to â€śstep upâ€ť for children.
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
"It was hard for me but Healthy Families supported me, and they would just give me the emotional support that I needed,â€ť said Megan Scott. â€śWhen 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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