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Bob Franks

President's Blog ~ August 2018

August 17, 2018

As we begin the new school year, it’s hard to believe how quickly summer vacation has gone by. This past year has been extremely eventful. Families have been inundated with news, social media and daily challenges. For many, summer is a time to reset, spend time with family and enjoy a “break” from our busy lives. For others, the summer may have been challenging—especially for families who have children with behavioral health and special education challenges where the lack of structure and intensity of “togetherness” can be both demanding and stressful. At Judge Baker, we try to sup...
Dr. Bob Franks

President's Blog ~ October 2017

October 20, 2017

As we celebrate our Centennial Year, we look back on the history of Judge Baker Children’s Center. Established in 1917, the Center was developed to address the social and mental health needs of the children of greater Boston as a legacy to the work of Judge Harvey H. Baker who was the first juvenile court judge in Massachusetts. Judge Baker saw children in his court who were labeled as “delinquent”, but he saw them differently. Through his court, he worked to try and get children the help and support they lacked. He believed these vulnerable youth needed intervention and support—not pu...
Dr. Robert P Franks

President's Blog ~ May 2017

May 8, 2017

As we enjoy the warmer weather and spring sunshine, the cycles of the season also bring the end of the school year and anticipation of summer. The end of the school year can sometimes be a stressful time as children and adolescents try to finish end-of-year projects, study for final exams, and anticipate year-end report cards. Many children are also juggling sports and other recreational activities. Parents are busy trying to help their children through these challenging weeks and months while planning ahead for summer activities and childcare. It can be a chaotic and stressful time for famili...
Dr. Robert P Franks

President's Blog ~ February 2017

February 13, 2017

It is hard to believe, but Judge Baker Children’s Center is celebrating its Centennial Anniversary in 2017! One hundred years ago, the Center was established to honor the late Judge Harvey Humphrey Baker, an early pioneer in children’s mental health. Judge Baker was one of the first juvenile court judges in the nation and when he saw the troubled children and adolescents coming through his court, he knew that they needed more than punishment. He paved the way for looking at these children and adolescents differently with an understanding perspective that acknowledged their challenges and r...
Dr. Bob Franks

President's Blog ~ September 2016

September 28, 2016

QUALITY Why does it matter?  We care about quality in many parts of our lives.  We seek the best possible quality available especially when it comes to our children.  We worry about their teachers, their friends, how they spend their free time.  When they are sick or injured we want to be sure they are receiving the very highest quality care.  We would not take our child to see a doctor who was not using the most proven medical interventions and medicines to treat our children.  What is the first thing we do if our child needs to see a specialist, or we move to a new town and need to fin...
Robert P. Franks, PhD

President's Blog ~ June 2016

June 20, 2016

Summer has arrived! We’ve waited with anticipation for the warm weather, beauty of the outdoors and opportunities to enjoy our families and friends. Children eagerly await the end of the school year and look forward to summer vacation. Summer is finally here. Unfortunately, for many children, mental health challenges don’t take a vacation in the summer months. While children may experience less academic pressure, the increased amount of unstructured time with family can sometimes exacerbate their difficulties. For children with social challenges, summer vacation can present added stress. W...

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