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What We Do
We conduct our child advocacy ....

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD: It is the child first and foremost who suffers the pain of exclusion and the loss of his or her potential. MAC’s individual case advocacy puts the child at the center of our systemic advocacy to change conditions for many. Individual cases inform MAC, helping us to understand how systems are impacting individual children and their families, and grounding our ability to bring the child’s voice to the administration, the legislature, and the courts

THROUGH THE HEART OF A PARENT: Parents, the primary advocates of their child, have a unique ability to see the world through their child’s eyes. It is the parents who will move heaven and earth to get the right supports their child needs to succeed. It is from their hearts that all advocacy begins, that communities are mobilized and that laws are enacted. MAC empowers parents with skills and support through training, technical assistance and legal advice and representation to be strong and passionate advocates for their children’s rights.

THROUGH THE CARING OF COMMUNITY: We must support all children in the community as our own. MAC’s coalition building and leadership development is designed to mobilize communities to advocate on behalf of the children and families we serve. Schools are one example of a community to nurture children and help them thrive. MAC supports inclusive and trauma-sensitive schools as such models. MAC works closely with coalitions, parent groups, and professionals to help schools become supportive, connected communities where ALL children can focus, behave appropriately and achieve at their highest potential.

THROUGH THE LAWS OF THE LAND: MAC uses the legal process to help establish, expand and protect educational and other rights for vulnerable children, like the thousands of children who were excluded from Boston schools in the 1960s and the thousands more who are still excluded from educational opportunity statewide today.

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For 40 years, MAC has responded to the needs of children who are vulnerable because of poverty, race, limited English or disability and does not intend to stop. With education reform continuing to occupy a high priority on the state’s policy agenda, and with the severe economic crisis facing Massachusetts families, MAC is needed now, more than ever.

Pictured above: Invited guests at MAC's 2007 Thanks for Giving event.

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