FAMILIES

The Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston.
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There's a shortage of attorneys willing to take child welfare cases in western Massachusetts, and state legislators are trying to address the issue. 

Tucked into the new tax law is a provision that offers companies a tax credit if they provide paid family and medical leave for their lower-wage workers.

Many people support a national strategy for paid parental and family leave, especially for workers who are not in management and are less likely to get that benefit on the job. But consultants, scholars and consumer advocates alike say the new tax credit probably won't encourage many companies to take the plunge.

State officials say that several dozen Puerto Rican families who were at risk of losing federal housing assistance could now have their stay in Connecticut extended until mid-February.

Dave Roback / The Republican

With the recent cold snap, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation called on Department of Health and Human Services to release additional money to help low-income people pay their heating bills. 

Excerpt of love letter posted on Greenfield, Massachusetts, police Facebook page.
Courtesy of Greenfield, Mass. Police Department

Not all mysteries pursued by the police are crimes.

Hundreds of Honduran immigrants in Connecticut and Massachusetts will find out in the coming months whether they’ll be allowed to stay in the U.S. or face possible deportation. This comes as violent protests continue in Honduras following a contested presidential election.

An Inherited, And Now Embraced, Christmas Tradition

Dec 19, 2017
Julia Cafritz's mother had strong feelings about where Glitter Santa needed to be placed on their Christmas tree.
Julia Cafritz / Courtesy of Julia Cafritz

At my house, Christmas trees didn't exist to be decorated; they existed to be conquered.

Cosmic Visitors Whose Paths Just Missed Each Other

Dec 14, 2017
At left, Martin Baron Tisdale George in a selfie. At right, Julia Pistell with Vega, three weeks old, at an NEPR studio.
Martin Baron Tisdale George / Greg Ludovici / Courtesy Julia Pistell / NEPR

I'd already taken dictation from my grandmother on the facts of Grandpa Baron's life. For a person I'd spent so much time with, there was so much I didn't know. 

This week marks five years since the mass shooting deaths of 20 young children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

One of those killed was 6-year-old Avielle Richman, who was shot in her first-grade classroom. Her parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, plan to spend this year's anniversary day quietly, at home with the two children they had after Avielle's death.

Mass. Auditor Suzanne Bump released a review of the Department of Children and Families on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

A review by the Massachusetts state auditor concludes that between 2014 and 2015, the Department of Children and Families did not report 19 cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect to district attorneys.

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