Human Services

In Massachusetts, the state budget supports a wide variety of human services for children and their families, especially for those who are confronting particular challenges. These services can include support for children with disabilities, services for children at risk of abuse or neglect, supports intended to strengthen vulnerable families, and services for troubled children.

The Human Services section of the Children's Budget is broken down into several parts:

Child Welfare includes supports for children in foster care, adoption assistance, and supports for vulnerable families.

Disability Services includes funding for services for children with developmental and other disabilities and their families, as well as services for teenagers and young adults as they move through the transition from school-based services to adult services.

Food Assistance includes state-provided supplemental funding for food banks and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps).

Juvenile Justice includes funding for troubled children and young people, including those involved in the juvenile justice system, either in direct custody or receiving a variety of alternative services designed to keep young people out of custody.

Public Benefits includes funding for the transitional assistance benefits and other benefits and employment supports for low-income children and their families.

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