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Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Runners Go the Distance to Support Boys Town New England Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Runners Go the Distance to Support Boys Town New England <p>They trained. They ran. They raised money to help at-risk children. </p><p>The Amica Newport Marathon is renowned in Rhode Island, New England and even around the world! It features both a full- and half-marathon and was recently named the "Best Marathon in Rhode Island" and a "Top 20 Half Marathon in the USA." Boys Town New England is proud to be one of the six charity partners for this global event, which in 2018 had over 3,200 runners from 11 countries including Korea, Spain, Germany, Japan and Australia.</p><p>The 2018 Boys Town New England Team had 10 runners, including staff from Development, Foster Family Services and Care Coordination, plus members of the Portsmouth Police Department and local community leaders.</p><p>One runner, Zechariah Cook of Bullfinch Realty Boston, ran the entire marathon and raised over $1,000 himself for the Boys Town Team. Cook gave credit to Boys Town New England Development Director Amanda Baker for recruiting him for the race. "Amanda presented the opportunity, asking if I'd be interested in running to raise money for Boys Town New England," Cook said. "After reading about the organization's mission, I couldn't say no." </p><p>An additional 30 individuals, including Boys Town New England staff, Board Members and youth, volunteered their time throughout the weekend to assist with check in and setup. They even camped out at the finish line on race day to cheer on and support the runners!</p><p>Boys Town New England offers life changing services to children, families and communities in high-risk environments. Thank you to everyone who helped make 2018's marathon fundraiser a huge success; with your support we can continue working towards the core belief that every child deserves a future, every family deserves to stay together and every community deserves to thrive.</p><p>Registration for this year's race, scheduled for Sunday, October 13th, is already live. If you are interested in running for Team Boys Town New England please email <a href="mailto:amanda.baker@boystown.org">amanda.baker@boystown.org</a>.</p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/carol-jill-jess-nm-2018.jpg" alt="Carol, Jill & Jess" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2019-01-25T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Riley, Zech & Amanda" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/riley-zech-amanda-btne-nm-2018.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England’s Never-Give-Up Attitude Pays Off for Little Girl Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England’s Never-Give-Up Attitude Pays Off for Little Girl <p>Little kids can have big problems when they grow up in foster care.</p><p>Take Millie for example.</p><p>At just 6 years old, Millie had already been placed in nine foster homes over the span of one year. Home number ten was with Boys Town New England and, while there were no guarantees that it would be any more of a success than the others, there was one difference -- Boys Town New England doesn't give up.</p><p>Millie's young life had been filled with neglect and endless opportunities to learn bad habits. Her birth parents were homeless, and her childhood consistently lacked adequate adult supervision and support.</p><p>When she first entered foster care, Millie was verbally and physically aggressive towards children and adults. She refused to follow instructions and struggled to connect with others. One can only imagine what moving in and out of nine homes does to a child; it broke down Millie's ability to trust and to feel wanted. She was a lost, lonely little girl.</p><p>At first it wasn't easy. Millie did not listen to her Foster Parents and would make scenes in public. She consistently displayed the same negative attention-seeking behaviors that had worked for her in the past.</p><p>But these things didn't matter – the Boys Town staff refused to give up on her.</p><p>It took some time, but eventually Millie started to change. She began interacting with her peers in positive ways. She followed her Foster Parents' instructions, and was excited to participate in projects and activities with the family. She smiled, laughed and showed affection towards those around her.</p><p>In recent months, Millie's Foster Parents inquired about adopting Millie. With the continued support of Boys Town staff, Millie and her Foster Parents could become the "forever" family every child deserves.</p><p>Fostering a child is not always easy, but opening your heart and loving a child can be.</p><p>If you are interested in becoming a Boys Town New England Foster Parent, please call 1-800-847-2025.</p><p><em>The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real. In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.</em></p><br>2019-01-25T06:00:00ZNewsNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Local Community Delivers Holiday Cheer for over 300 Boys Town New England Children Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Local Community Delivers Holiday Cheer for over 300 Boys Town New England Children <p>The holidays are a joyful time of year for most. They are a time filled with love, laughter, delicious food and plenty of presents under the tree. However, for many this does not hold true. For the 39 million U.S. families living in poverty the holidays can be an incredibly stressful time. For the 438,000 U.S. children living in the foster care system the holidays can be a lonely, joyless time.<br></p><p>This past Christmas the Development Team at Boys Town New England reached out to the local community in an effort to brighten up the holidays for some of the children and families who struggle during this time. Thanks to the support and generosity of local businesses and community members all of our children's wish lists - over 300 - were adopted out by the first week of November. <br></p><p>Amanda Baker, Boys Town New England Development Director, credits this year's Adopt a Child success to the hard work of Elizabeth Rose, Boys Town New England Donor Relations Specialist. "In finding our donors I was able to give them a glimpse into the important work Boys Town is doing," said Elizabeth. "It was such a great opportunity for me to not only dive into our programs but to really connect with our team and learn more about our youth, overall it has left me feeling much more connected to our mission and even more excited to be a part of such a great organization." <br></p><p>Amanda cited the Adopt a Child Gift Drive as a great way to re-connect with our youth, who she is not able to work with every day, "it brings it back full circle as to one of the many reasons why I am here, I am able to be a part of making the holidays enjoyable for our children and families." It is especially fun for our donors as each child writes their own wish list, including likes and dislikes, and the donors are able to learn about them as they Christmas shop.<br></p><p>We'd like to offer a special thanks to everyone who donated to this year's Adopt a Child Gift Drive and made Christmas a little more special for the children of Boys Town New England. </p><p> <span style="background-color:transparent;">"Appreciation – Appreciation for all that I have, for our local community and their overwhelming support, and for all of my Boys Town New England co-workers and the hard work they do every day. That was my biggest takeaway from all of this," said Elizabeth.</span></p><p>Some of the businesses and organizations within the community that contributed to this year's success story include:</p><div class="container"> <div class="section"> <ul><li>Simpatico Jamestown</li><li>Colonial Mills</li><li>Johnson & Wales University</li><li>Electric Boat</li><li>Perfect 10 Nail Salon</li><li>Raise the Bar Nutrition</li><li>Providence Veterans Regional Office</li><li>Blount Fine Foods</li><li>Ørsted</li><li>Pare Corporation</li><li>Trinity Church in Newport</li><li>Optum Health</li></ul></div><div class="section"><ul><li>Pare Corporation</li><li>Trinity Church in Newport</li><li>Optum Health</li><li>Performance Adjusting</li><li>Thevenot Transportation</li><li>Independence Financial Advisors</li><li>Embrace Home Loans</li><li>StrategicPoint Investment Advisors</li><li>Portsmouth Police Department</li><li>Viking Riders of Rhode Island</li><li>Kenneth Cote Renewal Center</li><li>Bags of Hope<br></li></ul></div></div><p><br></p><p>To be placed on the distribution list for next year’s Adopt a Child Gift Drive please email <a href="mailto:elizabeth.rose@boystown.org">elizabeth.rose@boystown.org</a>.<br></p>2019-01-18T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Holiday Gifts" src="/locations/new-england/Holiday_Gifts/simpatico.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mom Finds Solutions to Daughters’ Medical, School Challenges with Boys Town New England’s Help Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Mom Finds Solutions to Daughters’ Medical, School Challenges with Boys Town New England’s Help <p>A single mom, Ana was doing everything she could to care for her four daughters while dealing with her own serious medical problems and those of two of her kids.</p><p>But when those problems led to chronic absenteeism for the four girls at their school, the family's plight came to the attention of Boys Town New England. Soon, Eli Escrogin, Director of the site's Community Support Services, was visiting Ana and her girls – Ciara and Tiffany, both 7, Jade, 8, and Kenya, 13 – regularly in their home to work on a plan to meet their challenges.</p><p>Eli found that Ana was feeling overwhelmed by pressure and anxiety. There were many days when she simply chose to keep her daughters home from school because she felt powerless and fearful about their ability to manage school and their medical conditions.</p><p>Eli was determined to help Ana find some relief, and started to look for ways the girls' medical conditions could be assessed and managed so they could live normal lives. Working as a partner with Ana and school staff, Eli was able to connect with medical providers who could treat the girls and resolve many of their issues. The school also contributed, meeting the family where they were and developing improved Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for the girls to address their current needs.  </p><p>Meanwhile, Eli used elements of the Boys Town Model® to empower Ana as a mom and a parent and establish structure, rules and consistency in the home. These changes would help the girls improve their behaviors, complete their homework and be better prepared to succeed in school.  </p><p>As a result of this team effort, the school reported that Ana's girls were attending school consistently and the concern about their frequent absenteeism had been resolved. Ana said Jade, the daughter she struggled most with, had become "a completely different person" with Eli's support. Ana was so happy with how Boys Town New England had helped and supported her that she asked the site to provide services for her brother and his family, who also were struggling with some issues. Boys Town New England accepted the referral and is currently working with that family. </p><p>Ana's journey from feeling anxiety over her daughters' absenteeism and the family's medical problems to becoming a more confident and capable mom and caregiver was not an easy one. But Ana's determination, and Boys Town's guidance and support, have put her and her kids on a happier, healthier path.   </p>2018-12-21T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Thanks to Boys Town New England, Ana and her four girls have much more to smile about today." src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/momFam.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents <p>Moving to a new country can accompany a lot of struggles for individuals, some of the biggest challenges can be the language barriers and adjusting to a completely new kind of culture. </p><p>The unique thing about America is that we are the melting pot of the world with people who move here from many different countries and backgrounds. Many of them are moving here because they want a better life and they see hope for their family's future in the United States. </p><p>Some children are so young or maybe not even born yet when their parents move to the United States, so they have the advantage of living in the country from a young age where it is much easier for them to grasp onto different things such as language and culture, unlike their parents.  </p><p>Boys Town New England has partnered with Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island to teach <a href="/parenting/Pages/csp-find-a-class.aspx">Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup></a> (CSP) to International parents in the hopes to help them transition into a new country. </p><p>Dorcas International's mission aims to empower individuals and families so that they can become self-sufficient and active members of the community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training and cultural understanding. </p><p>These collaborative CSP classes with Dorcas International will be offered four to six times per year. Here international parents can attend and learn new parenting methods of the United States and simultaneously will continue to practice their English speaking skills and learn new terms accustomed to our culture. </p><p>Maria Marroquin, Common Sense Parenting Supervisor, New England, is the Boys Town employee who has played a significant role in this partnership with Dorcas and it is something that she is very passionate about because she can relate to it from her own past. </p><p>"I had parents who came to America from another country. So I personally understand how frustrating it can be as a first generation American child to have parents who don't necessarily grasp the culture," said Maria. "It's hard for children who all they know is the American culture to come home to parents who don't."</p><p>The goal of this new partnership is to bridge that gap that is in some of these families where the children understand the culture, but there is still some disconnect for the parents. </p><p>"The thing about these parents is that they so desperately want to learn, so that they can improve the lifestyle of their families. A lot of them move to the United States in the first place so that their kids can have a better education and overall improved lifestyle," said Maria. "They want to adapt to the American society, while still holding tight to their culture." </p><p>The classes provide a diverse team of skilled trainers who come together to offer a quality program and to work with a variety of different cultures to create very impactful conversations. The trainers rely heavily on visual aids and role modeling to get the messages across as well. </p><p>"The trainers themselves have a wide range of backgrounds. One trainer is African American and one speaks three different languages," said Maria. "We really can come together to help support a wide range of different people with different backgrounds." </p><p>Boys Town New England is very excited about this partnership and they are already receiving amazing responses from those who have attended it and the classes have had a great turnout of parents who so desperately want to adapt to this new society for themselves and their children.  </p><p>Thanks to everyone at Boys Town New England who is coming together to help strengthen these families and giving hope to international parents so that they can become active members of the community. </p>2018-11-30T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town New England Teaches International Parents " src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/dorcas-international.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />New England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | New England Celebrates Annual Spirit of Youth Gala Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | New England Celebrates Annual Spirit of Youth Gala <p>On Friday, Sept. 14, Boys Town New England celebrated the annual Spirit of Youth Gala at Newport Car Museum honoring the recently retired Executive Director Bill Reardon. </p><p>Over 195 people attended the event where they could enjoy small plates and truffles paired with wines and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Boys Town New England. </p><p>Some items up for bid included a signed Robert Gronkowski jersey, Boston Celtics Tickets, Frozen on Broadway Tickets and a Cape Cod getaway. The event raised over $66,000. </p><p>This year's gold sponsors were the Bazarsky Family Foundation, National Grid and Navigant Credit Union. </p><p>"The funds raised from the Spirt of Youth will directly benefit the children and families throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts that Boys Town New England provides care and services to," said Amanda Baker, Development Director. "In 2018 it is estimated that over 1,400 lives will have been impacted."</p><p>Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event a huge success to help support Boys Town New England. </p>2018-10-10T05:00:00ZNewsNew England;#
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Greetings from Our New Development Director Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Greetings from Our New Development Director <p>Hello There,</p><p>I'm Amanda Baker and I'd like to introduce myself as the new Development Director here at Boys Town New England. I want to thank you all for your support of our work with the kiddos and families that turn to us for help and guidance.</p><p>I began my career with Boys Town New England about four years ago in the Development office, and accepted the Development Director position on June 1. So yes, if my name sounds familiar, you're absolutely right – you've probably received phone calls, emails and notes from me!</p><p>As a wife to an amazing husband and a mother to two little ones, I struggle with the everyday parenting of toddlers. I am fortunate to be part of a wonderful "village" of friends and family I can always count on for help and advice. For many local children and families, Boys Town New England is their "village." I am excited about leading our site's fundraising efforts and helping to grow our programs and services so we can be that "village" for many more children and families. </p><p>I look forward to working with all of you as we reach out to help others in need. Your support is greatly appreciated!</p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Amanda Baker<br>Development Director, Boys Town New England</p>2018-08-13T05:00:00ZNew England;#