Make-A-Change Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing life changing experiences and education to every foster child in America, helping raise strong foster and adoptive homes in our communities.
75% of foster care children are behind grade level
50% of foster care youth won't receive a high school diploma
31% of children in Massachusetts foster care have a service plan to be adopted
56% of children in foster care who have been neglected due to substance abuse reported to using street drugs
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“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
“You can’t choose the life you’re born into, but you can choose the life you were born to live.”
“It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become”
FAQS ABOUT MAKE-A-CHANGE INC.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We provide life changing experiences and education to foster and pre-adoptive children. For example this could be taking a child on a day trip to a sporting event, concert or amusement park. Our education comes through mentorship as we work on an online platform that every child will have access too providing mentorship and financial education.
WHEN DID WE START THIS ORGANIZATION?
We started on June 22, 2016, what we like to call Make-A-Change Day!
WHERE DO WE SERVE?
We focus our serving in our local communities in Massachusetts, but we do work with kids in other regions/states when opportunity presents itself properly.
WHY DID WE START MAKE-A-CHANGE INC.?
Make-A-Change Inc. started when Josh and Emily Therrien had a vision of starting an organization dedicated to impacting foster children in a major way, who may otherwise never get the chances we are going to be offering kids. Josh lost his father at a year old to a drug overdose, then his mother to a drug overdose while in college. Fortunately when Josh was 9, his aunt and uncle raised him, taking him in and showing him what love and faith was to support the needs he had as a child. When he was 22 years old and his wife was 19, they became foster parents of their 2 nieces, currently they have 3 kids when their baby nephew was added to the family. This life journey put Emily and Josh on a mission to start an organization to live out their calling of changing kids lives.
HOW DO WE FIND KIDS TO HELP?
Make-A-Change Inc. works with DCF offices, churches, schools, and current leaders in the organization to ensure that the children we are working with fit the needs that Make-A-Change Inc. is looking to fill.