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Three sisters adopted together make for Tuesday's Child success story sisters adopted together make for Tuesday's Child success story<p></p><p>Two years ago, these three sisters bravely asked for a family to come forward to adopt them with one condition: They had to be adopted together.</p><p>The girls grew up and thrived at Boys Town in Portsmouth, with Ellie and Daniel Sheehan as their caregivers. But last summer, the Sheehans made the move far away to be closer to family. </p><p>In a virtual family meeting, Ellie and Daniel told the girls the good news of coming back for them to adopt them. Check out the full story on <a href="">WJAR</a>. ​<br></p><p>​​</p>2021-03-24T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Three sisters" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/sisters-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Sisters" src="/locations/new-england/PublishingImages/Sisters.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Update from Boys Town New England’s Development Office’s-Development-Office.aspxUpdate from Boys Town New England’s Development Office<p>​Valued Supporters,</p><p>I can hardly believe how quickly this past year has flown by. As we approach the one-year mark of COVID changing our society entirely, I have found myself spending some time reflecting on the incredible community surrounding us here at Boys Town New England. Despite everything that happened in 2020, your support did not waver. Our children and families were able to access the resources and assistance they needed, experience the love and opportunity they deserve and open doors to more successful futures. This was all because of you, our donors. While our operations changed to accommodate health concerns, our programs and reach did not. With your generosity, we kept our doors wide open to those we serve throughout what was most likely the toughest year many of us have ever endured.</p><p>I am hopeful that, with your partnership, we can continue this momentum in 2021. We have many exciting things happening in the coming year that I would love to share with you.</p><p> First, 2021 is our 30<sup>th</sup> Anniversary. In 1991, the Bazarsky family of Newport, Rhode Island, donated the land our campus is now built on in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and we opened our doors to New England children in-need. Slowly, over the years, we built onto our programs. We currently offer our Boys Town Family-Home Program®, Foster Family Services and Community Support Services.</p><p>Our 30<sup>th</sup> year is marked by the goal of expanding LIFT Together with Boys Town℠, a branch of our Community Support Services, which currently serves some of the neediest elementary schools in Pawtucket, RI. Pawtucket is a city marked by poverty, racial disparity and crime. LIFT Together works within the Pawtucket school system to connect with parents at-risk. These parents may be struggling with housing, job and food insecurities, or dealing with issues such as drug or alcohol abuse, domestic violence and crime. These parents work with our team voluntarily to improve their situations, and provide a safe, loving home for their children. Our team helps to connect them with whatever resources they need to find stability, acts as a liaison between parents, who are often not native English speakers, and their children's school, and provides emergency support if any such situation arises.</p><p>In 2020, our LIFT Together team served 159 children and 68 families, with 35 families successfully discharged from our program. As the year progresses, we will be sending out a few mail pieces that will share success stories from this program, as well as information that will help provide a more comprehensive understanding of what LIFT Together does for our community. To learn more about LIFT Together with Boys Town, or make a monetary donation to the program, please visit</p><p>Lastly, I am excited to share our event update for the year with you. Currently, we are still in limbo when it comes to any in-person events. We are hopeful 2022 will be the year that we are finally able to celebrate our first Racing for the Roses Kentucky Derby event! In the meantime, we have a handful of fun things planned.</p><p>On April 1, 2021, we will be participating for the second year in a row in United Way of Rhode Island's #401Gives. This statewide day of giving brings people together to make a difference for Rhode Island-based nonprofits that deliver vital services throughout the state. Last year we raised close to $10,000 for our children and families. This year we are hoping to increase that to $15,000. We will be sending out more information as we get closer to that date; you can also learn more at</p><p>In May, our entire organization will participate in the Virtual Memorial Day Run. More information on that can be found at</p><p>From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything you have done for our children and families. When you give to Boys Town New England, you give to children and families who most others have given up on. You are a beacon of hope, and your support is a helping hand for someone who may be out of options. We are so grateful for you and for your faith in our work.</p><p>I wish you the best in 2021,</p><p>Amanda Baker<br>Development Director</p><p>Boys Town New England​<br></p>​<br>2021-02-15T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/30years-black.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Mom Turns Life Around for her Daughters Turns Life Around for her Daughters<p>​​Since its founding more than 100 years ago in Omaha, Nebraska, Boys Town has been a safe haven for children who have experienced trauma, abuse, neglect and other challenges. Boys Town New England was established in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1991, so that Father Flanagan's mission could benefit the children and families of Rhode Island and its surrounding states. As programming expanded over the years, a need in the Pawtucket school system, specifically at Elizabeth Baldwin and Fallon Memorial elementary schools, became clear. In 2016, with the support of the United Way, the LIFT Together with Boys Town community partnership emerged.<br></p><p>As 2021 progresses, we will be sharing more information about our LIFT Together program with you so you too can experience the joy of families overcoming their struggles, eliminating obstacles, and finding success and stability. Today, we will share one such story; that of the Britto-Marquez family.</p><p>Yeleinys and her family began working with Boys Town in the fall of 2019. At the time, they had several issues plaguing them. Homelessness, mental health concerns for both mother and children, no stable income, unclear immigration status, a limited support network and previous instances of domestic violence, which had Yeleinys fearing for her safety, all prevented her and her kids from finding success and stability. Yeleinys struggled with thoughts of self-harm and suicide and felt she had no way out.</p><p>From day one, LIFT Together Consultant Rossana championed success for this family. She worked diligently alongside Yeleinys to create a plan that would systematically address every problem area identified. The biggest hurdle faced by this family was the behavioral and mental health needs of the children, which were exacerbated while the family struggled to find stable housing. Rossana constantly checked in on Yeleinys' and her children's well-being, and ensured detailed plans were set in place to keep them all safe. These step-by-step plans (If you are considering self-harm you will first call so-and-so, then you will…) were vital in guiding Yeleinys as she addressed the mental well-being of both herself and her kids.</p><p>As time went on, Rossana worked to empower Yeleinys' ability to advocate for herself and independently enact change to improve her children's futures. Rossana modeled things such as phone calls and in-person interactions with providers and proper completion of job applications. She employed empathy and teaching by suggestion to help Yeleinys develop problem-solving skills and gain confidence all on her own.</p><p>Throughout their time together, one thing stood out to Rossana and the LIFT Together team – Yeleinys' unwavering commitment to securing the best life possible for herself and her children, regardless of the obstacles she faced. Yeleinys went from being a shy, timid woman, to one who relentlessly advocated for herself. With Rossana's coaching, Yeleinys learned how to express her needs, appropriately disagree, ask for help, and accept “no" as an answer. These skills proved invaluable as Yeleinys successfully secured employment for herself and safe housing for herself and her children.</p><p> <a class="image-group page-suppt-cont cboxElement" href="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/LIFT-family-1.jpg">​<img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/LIFT-family-1.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:189px;height:328px;" /></a>​As we assemble this story in early January, Yeleinys is days away from signing a lease on her own apartment. With Rossana's help, she has employed a budget system to plan for her and her children's futures and has found resources to help her acquire furniture and other essentials for her future home.</p><p>Yeleinys has spoken of her gratefulness for Boys Town time and time again. No matter how many times she lashed out due to her frustration and anger, Yeleinys said Rossana never stopped supporting her. She showed endless compassion, patience and understanding. <strong>Through her guidance and grace, Rossana showed Yeleinys that she could do this. She could provide for herself and her children and find hope and healing from her past traumas, while moving towards a brighter, better future for her family.</strong></p><p>To support Boys Town New England's LIFT Together program, please visit​<br></p>​<br>2021-02-15T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" height="457" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/LIFT-family-2.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Our Wish for 2021 Wish for 2021<p>Dear Boys Town New England Friends and Supporters,</p><p>As 2020 comes to an end, I have been reflecting on all of the challenges many of us have had to face and overcome this past year. We have all learned to navigate an existence with minimal human contact and a virus of historic proportions. It has been exhausting, overwhelming and, at times, terrifying.</p><p>Boys Town New England has moved through this challenge with the support of its community and supporters like you. Thanks to you, our valued donor and friend, we were able to successfully tackle the early days of the pandemic and quarantine, all while maintaining a safe and healthy virtual schooling environment for our kids on campus. We were also able to quickly pivot our protocols and procedures to maintain virtual contact with the families we serve within our communities, and continue to provide 24/7 support to our foster families. </p><p>Even though our spring fundraiser was canceled, you still helped us maintain a successful fundraising year. With virtual events and other creative campaigns, you have reminded us time and again that our kids and families can continue to count on you.  We are grateful and humbled by your dedication to and support of those we serve. </p><p>As we look to 2021, we are hopeful. The effects of the pandemic are not yet fully understood. What is understood is how essential Boys Town New England's programs and services will be to our communities as they recover. Our team is ready to meet the needs of those we serve and continue to help guide them through these trying times. </p><p>It is my hope that you too will see the important role Boys Town New England will play in the COVID-19 recovery in 2021 and beyond.  We will need your continued support as we look ahead to the futures of the children and families we serve. Please join us in helping them overcome obstacles, open new doors and confidently step through this post-pandemic world into a brighter, happier future. </p><p>You support changes lives. Please consider donating to our children and families today.</p><p>Warm Regards,<br><span style="background-color:transparent;">Sarah Galvan<br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">Executive Director<br></span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​Boys Town New England</span><span style="background-color:transparent;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <a class="btn btn-theme13" href="" target="_blank">Help us teach love in 2021</a></p>​ <style> .ExternalClass .bt .btn-theme13 { margin:10px 0; padding-right:30px; padding-left:30px; padding-top:15px; padding-bottom:15px; } </style>2020-12-23T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Because of you, Boys Town New England saw a lot of GOOD in 2020,-Boys-Town-New-England-saw-a-lot-of-GOOD-in-2020.aspxBecause of you, Boys Town New England saw a lot of GOOD in 2020<p>In these times of crisis, we stand together to serve. Despite a trying year…Because of you, we still saw a lot of GOOD in 2020. We are so grateful for our community partners, friends and supporters in New England. We wouldn't have these incredible success stories to share if it wasn't for you. Thank you!</p><div class="columns article-grid"><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/Pages/BT-New-England-Foster-Care-Give-Sisters-a-Forever-Family.aspx"> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/neng-1.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /> <span class="article-title">Foster Care Couple Give Sisters a Forever Family <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/Pages/RI-Brother-and-Sister-Find-Forever-Family-with-BT-Foster-Parents.aspx"> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/neng-2.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">RI Brother and Sister Find Forever Family with Boys Town Foster Parents <span> </span></span></a></div><div class="column"> <a class="article" href="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/Pages/Local-Middle-Schooler-Donates-More-Than-120-Hours-of-Support.aspx"> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/neng-3.jpg" alt="Boys Town" /><span class="article-title">Local Middle Schooler Donates More Than 120 Hours of Support <span> </span></span></a></div></div>2020-11-13T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England Foster Care Couple Give Sisters a Forever Family Town New England Foster Care Couple Give Sisters a Forever Family<p>Sometimes, it's just meant to be.</p><p>When Katie and Jon Russell first heard about Boys Town New England, that's how it felt. They were ready to grow their family and had been exploring options for a while, but just hadn't found quite the right fit.</p><p>Then, on Mother's Day a few years ago, members of the Boys Town New England Foster Care team visited Katie and Jon's church to share information about becoming a foster family. Once they learned about the children placed through Boys Town, and discovered the constant, committed support Boys Town would offer every step along the way, they knew – this was it.</p><p>From day one, Katie and Jon loved fostering through Boys Town. “We never felt alone in the process. We'd never been parents; we started at ground zero, rookie level, and Boys Town supported us the entire way."</p><p>As placements started arriving, any fears they had going into the process quickly disappeared.</p> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NENGL-fosterCare-2.jpg" alt="Kaylee & Avery" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin-bottom:5px;margin-left:15px;width:265px;height:265px;" /> <p>Yes, it was hard. The children in their home had experienced trauma; many of them had a multitude of challenging and heart-wrenching behaviors to work through. But Katie and Jon quickly realized that what these kids needed was patience, support and love. That, combined with safety and creature comforts, was the recipe for success. They could offer all those things in abundance, and soon poured their hearts and souls into the children placed in their home. They quickly built strong relationships with the Boys Town staff, fellow foster families, and the youth placed with them.</p><p>Then, two sisters stole their hearts.</p> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NENGL-fosterCare.jpg" alt="Happy" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin-right:15px;width:300px;height:225px;" /> <p>Kaylee arrived first. At only 6 years old, Kaylee had already been placed in four other homes, including one congregate care facility, before coming to Boys Town. The following year her little sister Avery, only 3 years old and on her fifth placement, also moved in with Katie and Jon.</p><p>The girls had not lived in the same home since Avery was an infant, and therefore had never experienced the “normal" moments sisters should. They had never listened to bedtime stories together, never enjoyed a popcorn and family movie night on the couch, and never headed outside on a warm summer day to play. Katie and Jon were thrilled to watch the girls' relationship grow and thrive.</p><p>One evening, the Russells drove the girls to visit with their biological aunt; they met her at a local Friendly's. It was freezing cold, and she was running late. While they waited, the girls snuggled up together in the backseat. Sitting there, watching the girls giggle and whisper secrets to each other – Katie and Jon knew, Kaylee and Avery were here to stay.</p><p>It wasn't long after that they reached out to the girls' social worker and began pursuing their adoption. It wasn't a simple process -- the girls were removed from their parents because of rampant drug use and homelessness, and there was plenty of paperwork and court dates involved to solidify the adoptions – but none of that mattered. These sisters, separated for months, would now be a family again.</p><p><img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NENGL-fosterCare-3.jpg" alt="Happy Family" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:300px;" />On Thursday, July 23rd, 2020, Jon, Katie, Kaylee and Avery became a forever family. The team at Boys Town New England is so thrilled to be a part of their story and wishes them all the best!</p><p>And, the story doesn't stop there! Katie and Jon will continue their foster care journey and they, alongside their new daughters, will continue welcoming Boys Town New England children in need into their hearts and home.</p><p>For tips, tricks, resources and stories about foster care please check out Katie's blog at <strong></strong>. Learn more about how you can <strong>#BetheOne</strong> to make a difference in a foster child's life <a href="/locations/new-england/Pages/Foster-Family-Service.aspx"> <span style="text-decoration:underline;">here</span></a>.<br></p>2020-08-31T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Kaylee & Avery" src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/NENGL-fosterCare-4.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town New England Youth Uses Art as Creative Outlet and to Inspire Others Town New England Youth Uses Art as Creative Outlet and to Inspire Others<p>Peter (name changed for privacy), a 14 year old boy living in one of our Portsmouth, RI, family homes, often uses art to express his thoughts and feelings. He has closely followed the Black Lives Matter movement, and has created this drawing, along with a few others, to help express his feelings surrounding current events. We asked him to tell us more about himself and his art:</p> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Peters-Drawing.jpg" alt="Peter's drawing" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="width:300px;height:387px;" /> <strong>1. </strong> <strong>What inspired you to create these drawings?</strong> <p></p><p>My Avo (mom's aunt) used to draw with me and my brothers, and now I use it to express my feelings. I watched the video of George Floyd, and I think it wasn't fair what happened to him.  </p><p> <strong>2. </strong> <strong>What do you hope others will feel or think about when they look at them?</strong></p><p>I hope they feel inspired and encouraged.</p><p> <strong>3. </strong> <strong>You've been following the BLM Movement and watching all of the things happening across our country – How do you feel about all of this? As a young man, do you hope things will be different when you are an adult? What do you hope to see change?</strong></p><p>I felt angry with the police. It reminded me of a time when my dad was treated poorly by the police. I hope things are different; I hope everyone treats each other well, with respect, and I hope police are less violent. </p> <img src="/locations/new-england/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Peter-photo.jpg" alt="Peter's Photo" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="width:300px;height:351px;" /> <strong>4. </strong> <strong>How do your Boys Town Family Teachers and Asst. FTs support your creativity, and your interest in current events?</strong><p></p><p>They encourage me to talk about what I'm feeling, and they ask to see my pictures. I gave copies of one of my drawings to my AFT, and the house. My AFT and FT's said I could talk to them about the current events if I ever wanted to talk about it.</p>2020-08-20T05:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent