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                                  CHILDREN AND TEENS IN FOSTER CARE
In our home state of Massachusetts, more than 10,000 children and teens are in foster, institutional, or other substitute care, and nationwide, half of a million politically voiceless kids wait for a safe return home or for a new family. For far too many, that day never comes, and the reality for this population of kids is stark and unacceptable. Many end up institutionalized due to a lack of available homes and age out of the system with no safety net, no family to fall back on and no plan for the future. After suffering untold abuse and neglect, they deserve so much better. Please join us in making the plight of the child protection system an issue of relevance to all levels of our legislature, increasing funding, raising public awareness, and reaching out to support foster children, foster and adoptive families, kinship solutions, and social workers. To learn about foster parenting, visit www.nfpainc.org. For more information about adoption, try www.adoptuskids.org. And if you are in any position to do so, consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. 
 
                                                     BREAST CANCER
Barnhart Gallery is a business born of breast cancer. Designer and founder Kelly Barnhart enjoyed an 18 year career in television, media and communications when, reaching age 40, she stepped down from a dream job as a parenting magazine editor to voluntarily undergo a bilateral mastectomy and total hysterectomy. Having lost her mother, grandmother, and many aunts to breast or ovarian cancer, testing positive for the BRCA1 "breast cancer gene," and having a four-year-old son, the decision to be proactive was an easy one to make. During a lengthy series of surgeries and recuperation, Barnhart kept her mind and hands occupied making her signature semi-precious stone holiday ornaments. With hundreds made, a trip to the Boston Gift Show put Barnhart Gallery into business. Do you or a friend have a family history of breast cancer? Read Kelly’s story, and find links for vital information about genetic testing.

                                                      HOUSE RABBITS
Did you know that rabbits make wonderful household companions? Learn about rabbits as delightful, lovable, house-trainable, and ridiculously adorable pets! We found our latest family addition at www.petfinder.com.

 HEART DISEASE · WORLD HUNGER & HEALTH · CHILD SAFETY · HOSPICE · PUBLIC ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICE
       DIABETES · MS · MENTAL ILLNESS · HOMELESSNESS · ANIMAL CRUELTY · RESEARCH FOR RARE DISEASES
       DISABLED VETERANS · PEACE & EQUALITY ·  HISTORIC &  ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION

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