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Adopt a Child this holiday season a Child this holiday season<p>​​“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver'- Maya Angelou</p><p>This holiday season Boys Town New England is looking for the generosity of others to make our kids holidays heartwarming and magical.  This year we are asking for monetary donations that will be used to purchase gifts for 200 kids in our care. </p><p>Please help us raise $11,000 to fulfil the wishes and make the holiday season special for those in need.</p><p>There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life more beautiful for others.</p><p>If you would like to make a donation <span lang="EN" style="text-decoration:underline;"> <a href="">please click here​</a> </span> or text AdoptaChild to 76278.<br></p><p> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Adopt-a-Child-this-holiday-season/adopt-a-child.jpg" alt="adopt-a-child.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p>2021-12-15T06:00:00ZEvent<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/adopt-a-child-sml-banner.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent



Pedaling for Boys Town New England! for Boys Town New England!<p>​ Boys Town New England Board Member, Art Bert and 5 other community members of Plum Beach embarked on a 400 mile bike ride starting in Lubec, Maine on September 7. They call themselves The Plum Beach Pedalers and this year they rode in support of Boys Town New England and The Parkinson’s Foundation. They encountered some weather on their journey but they stayed in good spirits and enjoyed the beautiful sights of the New England coast. They completed their trek on September 16 in Salisbury, MA. <br></p><p> We are so grateful for Art, the Palm Beach Pedalers and for all those who supported their ride!<br></p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Pedaling-for-Boys-Town-New-England/Pedal-for-BT-New-England.jpg" alt="Pedal-for-BT-New-England.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2021-11-12T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Pedaling for Boys Town" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/NENGL-Bike-shirt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Pedal for BT" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Pedal-BT-NENGL.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England Helps Previously Separated Siblings Find Their Forever Family Town New England Helps Previously Separated Siblings Find Their Forever Family<p></p><p>The ability to keep siblings together, whenever possible, is always a goal when it comes to youth being placed in foster care. For Libby and Scott, Boys Town New England found a way.</p><p>Libby is an autistic, non-verbal youth who was admitted into the Boys Town Family Home program approximately four years ago. She came into our care due to reported abuse and neglect by her birth family.</p><p>Libby's brother, Scott, lived in a foster home, but was preparing to be moved after that family announced they would be moving out of state.</p><p>Seeing an opportunity to reunite Libby and Scott, Boys Town New England immediately advocated for Scott to move into the same house with Libby on our campus in Portsmouth, RI. That way the siblings could be in each other's lives while waiting to learn what was next for them.</p><p>Scott's move was approved, and he and Libby were reunited. Boys Town staff cared for the two and saw how much they enjoyed being together. They both thrived under the new arrangement. However, they had no interaction with their parents. Boys Town New England became their new family.</p><p>Approximately six months ago, Adoption Rhode Island called with great news – they had found family members from the maternal side who had never met Libby or Scott. After hearing the brother and sister were in need of a forever family, they immediately expressed interest in wanting to be just that for them.</p><p>The family members went through extensive training and observed the care Libby required in order to communicate and thrive. They fulfilled all the necessary requirements in order to officially become the forever family that could care and love for Libby and Scott. It was just what the children needed.</p><p>Just over a month ago, after over four years of Boys Town care, Libby and Scott were able to move into their new home – together! They finally found their forever family.​<span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p>2021-11-12T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England Sponsors Back-to-School Bashes at Elementary Schools Town New England Sponsors Back-to-School Bashes at Elementary Schools<p>​<span style="background-color:transparent;">R</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">ecently, Boys Town New England had the opportunity to sponsor back-to-school bashes for families at two of their LIFT Together partner schools, Elizabeth Baldwin Elementary and Fallon Memorial Elementary.</span></p><p>During these events, teachers were able to meet with their new students and show them around the classroom. Various community organizations provided resources and families participated in fun activities together, such as basketball, face painting, and corn hole.</p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Boys-Town-New-England-Sponsors-Back-to-School-Bashes-at-Elementary-Schools/Back-to-School-Bash-2.jpg" alt="Back-to-School-Bash-2.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:350px;height:362px;" />Boys Town New England was also given the opportunity to explain their services and offer immediate sign-ups for their programs. They currently have a School Support Specialist that works in both elementary schools to support teachers, students, administration, and families through the LIFT Together program. They also offer In-Home Family services, Care Coordination services, and Common Sense Parenting<sup>®</sup> classes to families at these schools.</p><p>These back-to-school bashes are significant because families are able to connect with school administrators and teachers at the start of the year, which helps improve home-school communication, and students can see and experience school in a different light.</p><p>Boys Town New England is looking forward to another successful school year of providing services to children and families in the local community.<br></p>2021-09-14T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="back to school bash" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Back%20to%20School%20Bash.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town helps young people get back on their feet. Here's what they do in Portsmouth. Town helps young people get back on their feet. Here's what they do in Portsmouth.<p><a href=""><em>Published in Newport Life on Aug. 17, 2021</em></a></p><p>​Jesse Rios sits at a custom chess table in a Portsmouth living room, contemplating his next move as his 11-year-old challenger, Andrea, gazes at him expectantly. Family photos and school art projects cover the surrounding walls in a scene that could be played out in countless Aquidneck Island homes. <br></p><p> What makes this particular scenario unique, and this game of chess noteworthy, is that Jesse and Andrea have been brought together through Boys Town New England, an organization providing care to children and families in Rhode Island and surrounding states. </p><p> Jesse and his wife, Nikki, work as a “family teaching couple,” which means they are full-time guardians, mentors, caretakers and essentially acting parents to six teenage girls who live in a residential group home adjacent to the Rioses’ own apartment (which they share with two young sons). The Rios home is one of five similar houses lining lush and leafy Flanagan Road, a quaint cul-de-sac just off of West Main Road, across from the entrance to Raytheon. </p><p>Flanagan Road is named for Father Edward J. Flanagan, the Irish priest who established Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1917 (and was memorably portrayed by Spencer Tracy in a 1938 film). What began as a home for adult males coming out of the prison system has evolved over the past century to concentrate on preventative care for both young men and women. </p><p>Boys Town New England was established in 1991 as a separate but connected entity. It’s a distinct 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but still falls under the umbrella of the national organization, with which it shares resources and financial support. Other funding comes from the state of Rhode Island and private contributors, like the Bazarsky family, which donated the land that the Portsmouth campus has occupied since 2005. This campus also serves as the headquarters for Boys Town New England, which is overseen by executive director Sarah Galvan, who previously worked for Boys Town in Washington, D.C. Marcy Shyllon, the senior director of programs at Boys Town New England, has been with the organization for 13 years, having previously worked at a Boys Town shelter in Philadelphia. For both Galvan and Shyllon, working at Boys Town happened a bit by chance and evolved into a profession that often feels more like a calling. “What a privilege it is to work here,” Shyllon says. “I remind myself that on my hardest days.” </p><h3>Life on the Boys Town Campus </h3><p> The young people on the Portsmouth campus arrive there for a variety of reasons and from a range of places. Some come directly from Bradley Hospital in Providence, a psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively to children and adolescents. Others are products of the state’s child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Some are in touch with their biological families, others are not. Most have what can be described as behavioral struggles that require more nurturing and care than other settings are equipped to provide. <br><br></p> <p><img class="gnt_em_img_i" data-g-r="lazy" alt="Despite the Boys Town name, only half the residents in Portsmouth are male. " src="" style="width:660px;color:#ffffff;background:#000000;margin:5px;height:396px;" /> </p><div data-c-caption="Despite the Boys Town name, only half the residents in Portsmouth are male. " data-c-credit="Photography By Jessica Pohl"></div><p></p><p>The ultimate goal at Boys Town is to work with each youth and help them develop a treatment plan that’s in their best interest. That can involve reuniting young people with their biological families or helping them graduate from high school and establish independence and stability in work or college.   ​<br></p><p>“The length of stay depends on their needs,” Galvan says, noting that all residents can remain until they turn 18, at which point they are considered adults. Some stay for several months, others for several years. The campus can house up to 30 youths and is often at capacity.  </p><p><img class="gnt_em_img_i ms-rtePosition-2" data-g-r="lazy" alt="“Boys Town believes that the people closest to the kids are the primary change agents for the kids.” — Sarah Galvan, Executive Director" src="" style="width:300px;color:#ffffff;background:#000000;margin:5px;height:412px;" /></p><div data-c-caption="“Boys Town believes that the people closest to the kids are the primary change agents for the kids.” — Sarah Galvan, Executive Director" data-c-credit="Photography By Jessica Pohl"></div><p></p><p>Each of the five houses on campus has its own family teaching couple, all of whom are married and whom Galvan describes as “taking on all the roles and responsibilities parents would take on — and then some. </p><p>“Moving into a house and taking on six kids with behavioral issues isn’t an easy task,” she continues. The job attracts people from all walks of life, and demands stability, which is what the kids need most. “Boys Town believes that the people closest to the kids are the primary change agents for the kids,” Galvan says. </p><p><span style="background-color:transparent;">Two of the homes are residences for teenage girls, two for teenage boys, and one for a mix of younger children. All of the youths attend different schools around the state, usually staying within the same district for as much of their K–12 education as possible, to promote continuity in their lives and learning.  </span></p><p>For some of the youths, Nikki Rios notes, “going to the same school is the only constant thing going for them.” </p><p></p><div data-g-r="lazy" data-gl-method="lazyLoadX" data-google-query-id="CNfggvfdvfICFYWApgQdytoN3g"><div></div></div><p></p><h3>At Home with the Rioses</h3><p>Jesse Rios teaches all of the girls in his household how to play chess. “I grew up very similarly to a lot of the kids,” he says. “I attribute learning chess to getting out of the situation I was in.”  </p><p>He and Nikki have worked as a family teaching couple for four years. Jesse, 32, and Nikki, 28, met in Southern California while working in theater, married in 2012, and are expecting their third child this summer.  </p><p><img class="gnt_em_img_i" data-g-r="lazy" alt="Jesse teaches all the girls to play chess." src="" style="width:660px;color:#ffffff;background:#000000;margin:5px;height:440px;" /> </p><div data-c-caption="Jesse teaches all the girls to play chess." data-c-credit="Photography By Jessica Pohl"></div><p></p><p>Neither had experience with Boys Town before Jesse applied for a job in 2014 at the suggestion of Nikki’s mother. Jesse didn’t get that position, but he did receive a phone call asking if he and his wife would be interested in becoming a teaching couple. When they accepted, they had no idea they would soon be surrogate parents to six teenage girls — an idea that seemed overwhelming at first and is now the only thing they can imagine doing.   </p><p>Both emphasize that they are not there to replace the parents the girls already have, but rather to serve as mentors and support systems. They often work with the girls’ biological parents, coaching them as much as their children. They are also in constant contact with teachers, doctors, case workers, therapists and psychiatrists.  ​<br></p><div data-c-caption="A Family Meeting is held each night after dinner, so the girls can address conflicts or talk about what’s on their mind." data-c-credit="Photography By Jessica Pohl"></div><p></p><p>“Any adult that interacts with our kids we have some sort of contact with,” Jesse says, adding that he and Nikki are often “one of the first adults in our kids’ lives to fight for and advocate for them.”  </p><h3>At Boys Town “Your Voice Matters” </h3><p>Andrea is the youngest occupant in the house, as reflected in the collection of unicorns carefully piled atop her bed. She shares the room with the oldest resident, a recent graduate of Portsmouth High School who plans to study art at <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-t-l=":b|e|inline click|${u}">CCRI</a> this fall. Her side of the room sports darker colors and fewer sparkles, along with walls adorned with art.<br></p><p></p><p>When Andrea moved into Boys Town housing at the age of 10, she was experiencing an array of difficulties at school and had been flagged by teachers and administrators as being troubled, with her education in jeopardy. Within six months of moving into the Rioses’ home, she was earning honors like Student of the Month. Her teachers were surprised at how quickly her behavior had changed for the better.  ​<br></p><p>When she first moved into the house, Andrea often carried a large rock and sometimes used it to express her frustration. Since then, the rock has undergone a transformation. It has been painted with glitter and placed on a shelf in the company of her unicorns — no longer something to throw, but an art piece that doubles as a reminder of better ways to communicate when she’s frustrated or at a loss for words.  </p><p><img class="gnt_em_img_i" data-g-r="lazy" alt="Eleven-year-old Andrea and her stuffed animals share a bedroom with the oldest resident, who plans to study art at CCRI this fall. " src="" style="width:660px;color:#ffffff;background:#000000;margin:5px;height:440px;" /> </p><div data-c-caption="Eleven-year-old Andrea and her stuffed animals share a bedroom with the oldest resident, who plans to study art at CCRI this fall. " data-c-credit="Photography By Jessica Pohl"></div><p></p><p>Learning how to communicate, especially when angry or upset, is an essential practice that the Rioses seek to instill in all of the girls they care for. Every night around 5:30 p.m. the group convenes in the kitchen to prepare dinner, which is a communal affair. “We subscribe to the theory that the dining room is the most important room in the house,” Jesse says.  </p><p>Six teenagers under one roof means various schedules, and some of the girls have jobs and aren’t home as often, so dinner is the one time that everyone is able to sit down, check in and be together. After dinner, the girls conduct what the Rioses call a Family Meeting, which is run by the girls — although Nikki and Jesse are present. One house member is appointed the leader and conducts the meeting, which is used as a time for all the girls to express whatever is on their mind, in a positive and productive way, and in an effort to avoid or soothe confrontations. </p><p><img class="gnt_em_img_i" data-g-r="lazy" alt="Each girl gets a card delineating objectives and performance." src="" style="width:660px;color:#ffffff;background:#000000;margin:5px;height:440px;" /> </p><div data-c-caption="Each girl gets a card delineating objectives and performance." data-c-credit="Photography By Jessica Pohl"></div><p></p><p>Nikki emphasizes that she and Jesse teach the girls that they have a voice and their voice matters, as well as how to create, maintain and build upon healthy relationships — life skills that will stay with the teens as they evolve into adults. Trust is another important element that is not easily gained, nor taken for granted when earned. Once the girls move out of the home, they often stay connected with the Rioses, with some returning for holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas.   </p><p></p><div data-g-r="lazy" data-gl-method="lazyLoadX" data-google-query-id="CNjggvfdvfICFYWApgQdytoN3g"><div></div></div><p></p><h3>The Greater Boys Town Family </h3><p>Galvan notes that one of the biggest misconceptions she encounters is the stigma attached to “congregate care” or “group home care,” with which Boys Town is sometimes lumped in. </p><p>“We’re a professional foster home,” she says. There is no shift staff, just the live-in couple that serves as surrogate parents. Treatment plans are developed using evidence-based research models, and home life revolves around family and routine — “All those things that kids need,” Garvan explains.  </p><p>“We tell all of our kids that once you’re part of the Boys Town family, you’re always part of the Boys Town family.” ​<br></p> 2021-08-19T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Family Dinner" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/BT-family-dinner.jpeg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England Youth Creates Art Mural Town New England Youth Creates Art Mural<p>​​One of Boys Town New England’s youth, Chassity, had the opportunity to create a beautiful mural for her Family Home. The mural features paintings of many characters, which represent Family Teachers, Assistant Teachers, and youth in the home.</p><p>“I am amazed by her talent and moved by the meaning behind this art,” said Marcy Shyllon, Senior Director of Program Operations for Boys Town New England. “Our kids are true gifts, and we are truly privileged to know them.”</p><p>We are very thankful for those who help foster the talents of our youth and give them unique opportunities like this mural to put their skills to use!</p><p>Beautiful job, Chassity!</p>​<br>2021-08-05T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/mural1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
THREE SISTERS ADOPTED TOGETHER BY FORMER BOYS TOWN FAMILY-TEACHERS® SISTERS ADOPTED TOGETHER BY FORMER BOYS TOWN FAMILY-TEACHERS®<h2 style="text-align:center;">They only ever had one request, that they stay together.​</h2><p>When sisters Susie, Shannon and Sophia were removed from their mother's care, they moved onto Boys Town's Family Home campus in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Eventually they became eligible for adoption and made it very clear – they did not want to be split up. The reasoning they said was simple, “We're family."</p><p>That was almost seven years ago. Since then, they've been waiting. Waiting for their forever family and forever home. The girls display vibrant personalities, each with a slew of hobbies they love – from watching Supernatural, to assembling model dollhouses and 1,000-piece puzzles, right down to visiting Boys Town staff in the office and telling them all about their favorite endangered animals. They are sweet, smart and very typical sisters; bickering all day, then dragging blankets to each other's rooms for a sleepover at night.</p><p>For most of their time at Boys Town, the sisters were in the care of Family-Teachers® Daniel and Ellie Sheehan. The Sheehans were a staple here on our Portsmouth campus, known for their kindness and patience. As with all Family-Teachers, the Sheehans ran one of our five Family Homes – residential-style treatment facilities run in a way that mimics a “normal" home and teaches real life skills.</p><p> <img src="/locations/new-england/about-boys-town-new-england/PublishingImages/palladini-2-with-heart.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;width:278px;height:361px;" />Last summer, with their third child on the way, the Sheehans made the very difficult decision to move closer to family and leave their positions as Family-Teachers. But the Sheehans had developed a love of the three girls. They wanted to adopt them, if possible.</p><p>With the adoption up in the air, they couldn't tell the girls what was going on right away, but they worked hard to get all the pieces in place as quickly as they could. The Sheehans knew that Susie, Shannon and Sophia were meant to be part of their forever family.</p><p>Just about a month ago, the Sheehans and the girls were finally reunited. The sisters will now grow up alongside Daniel and Ellie's two sons and infant daughter, surrounded by their extended family on a huge farm property. They are exactly where every child deserves to be, and we could not be happier to see them getting the future they have waited so patiently for. In the words of Shannon, “It's nice to feel that something is forever."</p>​ <p> <em>Some names have been changed for privacy.​</em></p> <br>2021-04-26T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/about-boys-town-new-england/PublishingImages/palladini-2-with-heart.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/about-boys-town-new-england/PublishingImages/palladinis-with-heart.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
We’re All in This Together: Staff Shoutouts’re All in This Together: Staff Shoutouts<p style="text-align:center;"> <em>We reached out to our staff and asked: Who always goes above and beyond for our children and families? Who do you strive to emulate each day?</em><br><em>These are the no-contest nominees.​</em></p><p> <strong><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/staff-Arlene.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;width:120px;height:160px;" />Arlene Cabral</strong><br>ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT — FOSTER FAMILY SERVICES<br>Arlene isn't just our Foster Family Services Admin; she's the backbone for our entire office. Her desk is the first thing you will see when you arrive at our Portsmouth office and her cheery “Good Morning" is the first thing you will hear. Arlene selflessly supports her colleagues, both programs and administration alike, with whatever is needed to support our team while they work virtually.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/staff-Jassica.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;width:120px;height:160px;" />Jessica Davis</strong><br>PROGRAM SUPPORT SERVICES COORDINATOR<br>Jess is a vital member of our team, ensuring all our youth are kept safe and secure for the duration of their time at Boys Town. She was nominated for her willingness to always rise to the occasion and do whatever is needed to put Boys Town's Mission and our youth's safety first.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/staff-Maria.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;width:120px;height:160px;" />Maria Gibau</strong><br>SCHOOL SUPPORT SPECIALIST, LIFT TOGETHER WITH BOYS TOWN<br>Maria transitioned into her role as School Support Specialist in September 2020 and to lighten the role for her teammates, kept families in her caseload from her previous role as an In-Home Family Services Consultant, all while continuing to teach Common Sense Parenting® classes! Maria always does whatever is needed to ensure our children and families succeed. We are so thankful for her.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/staff-Melissa.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:0px 1rem 1rem 0px;width:120px;height:160px;" />Melissa DuBois</strong><br>CARE COORDINATION SERVICES CONSULTANT<br>Melissa's commitment to excellence has really shined over the past few months. She has assisted with onboarding new staff members, greatly improved her own outcomes with families and is a leader of Latinx Organization Understanding Diversity (LOUD) – one of Boys Town's Employee Resource Groups driving our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion initiative. She has also played a key role in implementing new systems for her program aimed at enhancing the quality of care we provide. Melissa is a Boys Town leader, through and through.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Riley Huntington </strong> <em>(not pictured)</em><br>FAMILY HOME PROGRAM CONSULTANT<br>Riley was nominated for her hard work and dedication to our Family Home Program. Riley always goes the extra mile for her team, and no one speaks about the youth living in our Family Homes with as much pride and admiration as she does!<br></p>​<br>2021-04-26T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent