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A personal note from Robert Franks, President and CEO, Judge Baker Children’s Center

Dear Friends,
The world has felt upside down since the start of COVID-19, and we now face the unimaginable reality of our fragile nation in turmoil over the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.  We grieve these painful losses and share in your anger and despair over the many losses that came before them. Judge Baker Children’s Center stands in solidarity with the black community, our staff, and the families we serve. 
We condemn acts of racism and hate and pledge to do our part to create a better future for all children—especially those disenfranchised by systemic prejudice and injustice. But we know that voicing our support is not enough. As mental health professionals and educators, we can take action by actively supporting vulnerable families and youth so that they may have a brighter, more hopeful future. We are committed to ensuring that Judge Baker Children’s Center is a safe and welcoming place for all we serve and we will break down the barriers that prevent access to high-quality care for all who need it. 
We know that we have work to do and will stand with you to constantly improve and fight to make a difference in our community. We are committed to increasing access to culturally sensitive care, to having the tough conversations to better our organization, and to confronting our own unconscious bias. 
We are with you in your outrage and grief. Together we can work to make this a better, more just world, and create a future full of hope and peace that all our children deserve. 

Robert P. Franks, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer