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This webpage contains terms of use for By using you agree to these terms and conditions. Other individual state agencies and external websites may also adopt additional terms of use that apply to specific web-based transactions with those agencies or data posted on their websites. In addition, you should also review the Privacy Policy to learn about information collected by, what that information is used for, and how it may be shared.

Other sites have other policies

For your convenience, contains hypertext or other links to websites that are maintained by other Children’s Trust agencies and to external Internet sites that are not provided or maintained by the Children’s Trust. Please note that the Children’s Trust cannot guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these sites. In particular, please note that uses various social media tools. Although some of the social media sites or identities might appear to be part of this site, many are hosted by third-party providers and subject to their own terms of use. 


The information posted on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. This site’s content is not intended to substitute for professional, legal, media, or other advice to determine if a report of child abuse should be made. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 and/or contact the emergency authorities in your area.

Any organization or individual can access, create an account, and access all of the site’s features, including creating a “Toolkit.” Accessing content, creating an account, completing the “Toolkit,” or receiving a “Completion Badge” does not constitute any type of endorsement or approval by or any of its affiliates. holds no liability for or oversight of the individuals or organizations that access the site, nor is any type of contractual or agency relations created either explicit or implicit. 

Disclaimer of endorsement

The information posted on this website includes hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. provides these links solely for our users’ information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners or sponsors of the third-party website.

● and its affiliates do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information contained on a linked website.

● and its affiliates do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products or services they offer.

● and its affiliates cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website and may incur liability if these materials are used in an unauthorize manner.

● and its affiliates are not responsible for any transmissions users receive from linked websites.

Public records and copyright

All of the material posted on the Children’s Trust’s websites and available to the public without use of an authenticating and authorizing mechanism (such as a “PIN” or password) is public record. Most of the public records posted on the Children’s Trust websites can be copied and used for any purpose. For example, all judicial opinions and all laws and regulations are public record. However, some of the public record posted on the Children’s Trust’s websites is also copyrighted material (for example, regulations based on technical codes developed and copyrighted by private organizations).

All of the information and other content on this website is compiled and presented by the Children’s Trust. We hope that you will find it useful, and we encourage you to download it or print it if you would find it helpful to do so. We also ask you, however, to recognize that the material found here is protected by United States copyright law. You may download or copy material from this website for your own personal use, but you may not modify it, redistribute it, or use it for any commercial purpose without our prior written permission. Certain fillable forms on the site are exempt from this policy. For more information on obtaining permission to copy, repost, or redistribute any information found on the website, please email

The only part of this website to which the copyright rules stated above do not apply is on social media pages that receive comment. Content on these pages is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Children’s Trust of Massachusetts. In addition, visitors to these pages agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to this site under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. A copy of this license is available online at

The Children’s Trust of Massachusetts’ respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask users of our website to do the same. In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable law, we have adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at our sole discretion, users, subscribers, or account holders on our website who are deemed to be repeat infringers. We may also, at our sole discretion, limit access to our website and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

Copyright infringement claims

If you believe that any material on this website infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, or that any link on this website directs users to another website that contains material that infringes upon any copyright which you own or control, you may file a notification of such infringement with our Designated Agent as set forth below. Notifications of claimed copyright infringement must be sent to’s at

The Children’s Trust makes no warranty that the materials contained within are free from copyright claims, or other restrictions or limitations on free use or display. The Children’s Trust disclaims any liability for the improper or incorrect use of information obtained from

Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the website are provided solely for the information of individuals using the website. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the Governor, the Children’s Trust of Massachusetts, or its officers and employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying the Governor’s or the Children’s Trust’s endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service. The Children’s Trust does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on the website is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. The links to non-state websites are for information purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Children’s Trust.

The information and content on this website are for information purposes only and do not constitute and should not be construed as legal, financial, professional, or any other type of advice or counsel. You should contact an appropriate advisor with respect to any particular issue or problem.