School-Based Services Offering Suicide Prevention Program

In response to a recommendation by the Riverside Trauma Center in Needham to implement a suicide screening process, New Bedford’s middle schools have been integrating the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program to better prevent and treat suicidal incidents. The SOS Program discusses a protocol for addressing individuals that make or endorse suicidal statements among […] more »

Mattapoisett Laundromat Donates Over 200 Coats to Child & Family’s Clients

The Mattapoisett Laundromat recently held its sixth annual One Warm Coat drive. More than 200 coats were collected and donated to Child & Family Services for distribution to their clients. Customers and employees of the Mattapoisett Laundromat and people from the community gave gently used and even new coats of all sizes, as well as […] more »

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a robust toy safety system, by requiring testing by independent, third party testing laboratories around the world; enforcing stringent lead and phthalates limits for toys; imposing some of the most stringent toy standards in the world; and stopping violative and dangerous toys at […] more »

Celebrating National Adoption Month

Established by President Clinton in 1995, November is recognized as National Adoption Month, along with National Adoption Day on November 23rd. States, communities, and organizations throughout the country hold events during the month to raise awareness for the thousands of children in foster homes awaiting a permanent home. Spreading awareness for adoption may be more […] more »

Child & Family Has Deep Roots in New Bedford

By SARAH GONET Contributing Writer The Standard Times November 05, 2013 In the mid 1800s, New Bedford was gaining fame as the most prolific whaling port in the world. Nearly two centuries later, while the landscape of commerce has changed dramatically, some things have remained constant — one being that we still have many children […] more »

Child & Family Services Welcomes Dr. Jurici to the Psychiatrist Team

Child & Family Services is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Merima-Misirca Jurici to our Adult Behavioral Health Services (ABHS) clinic located at 543 North Street in New Bedford. Dr. Jurici received her Medical Degree from Victor Babes University of Medicine & Pharmacy Timisoara, Romania and also served as a fellow in Psychoanalysis training […] more »

CFS Welcomes Its New Site Director and Chief Operating Officer

Child & Family Services is proud to announce the addition of a Chief Operating Officer (COO) to its leadership team. The COO position, designed to support the executive director in day-to-day operations, will be filled by Paula Borges, formerly the site director for Child & Family’s New Bedford Outreach Services location for nearly eight years. […] more »

Panera Bread Donations to Child & Family Services Exceed $31,000!

Panera Bread North Dartmouth recently made an annual donation to its Operation Dough-Nation partner, Child & Family Services (CFS) based in New Bedford, MA. A check in the amount of $2,249.44 was recently presented to Child & Family Services, raising Panera Bread/Howley Bread Group’s total giving to $31,085.70 since the beginning of the partnership in […] more »

In-School Support Services Can Help Prevent Bullying, Violence and Tragedy

BY CHANDA COUTINHO Site Director Child & Family Services August 23, 2013 Bullying has become a major problem in schools across the country. The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students, and nearly every day it seems like bullying makes headlines […] more »

Salem Family Praises Services for Adopted Kids

By Sarah Thomas The Salem Gazette August 8, 2013 SALEM – Everyone remembers the school projects. Swabbing inside your cheek for genetics studies. Interviews with grandparents. Your family tree. They seem innocuous enough; simple stepping stones on the path of growing up. But for adopted kids and their families, they serve as reminders of a […] more »