This weekend campus was abuzz with over 400 foster parents, adoptive parents, children, and DCF staff who were in attendance for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Annual Picnic.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been a strategic partner with the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Department of Children and Families Annual Edward Trainor Southern Region’s Foster Parent and Staff Picnic to show appreciation and support for foster and adoptive families in the Commonwealth.
Led by 1/C Hillary Doucette, 2010 graduate of Manchester-Essex Regional High School, Manchester, MA and a Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, volunteering comes natural to this leader. Doucette is an integral part of the team also responsible for getting cadet volunteers in helping coordinate the DCF Christmas party, local walk-a-thons, and several other community centered efforts. Academy service volunteers have cultivated and enjoyed a long term relationship with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Over the years, events have varied, but children (and cadets) can be found having fun with boat rides, fishing, face painting, bouncy houses and lots of food. (To this day, no one is sure who ends up having the better time – kids or cadets.)
About the Department of Children and Families (DCF): The Department of Children and Families is charged with protecting children from abuse and neglect and strengthening families. There are currently 7,500 children in foster care across Massachusetts and 40,000 children in all served by the Department. DCF programs include foster care, adoption, adolescent services and domestic violence services.