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Carolyn Mower Burns

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Executive Director

Berkshire Center for Children and Families

Employment History


  • Masters , Social Work
    SUNY Albany
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Burns to speak when the ..., 3 Feb 2015 [cached]
Burns to speak when the Zonta Club meets next Monday
Carolyn Burns, the executive director of the Berkshire Center for Children and Families, will speak when the Zonta Club of Berkshire County meets on Monday, Feb. 9 at Mazzeo's Ristorante.
Burns will discuss her organization's new grant to open a family resource center in Pittsfield.
The kids were quiet and respectful ..., 25 Oct 2014 [cached]
The kids were quiet and respectful while President and CEO of Berkshire Children and Families, Carolyn Burns, gave a moving speech on how music affects literacy.
Carolyn Burns Then, Kids 4 Harmony played.
"There are great rewards in establishing ..., 5 Nov 2013 [cached]
"There are great rewards in establishing or growing a family by adopting a child," said Carolyn Burns, BCF's president and CEO.
"In the life of a child, ..., 15 Nov 2010 [cached]
"In the life of a child, a year or two years is huge," said Carolyn Mower Burns, executive director of BCF.
Burns said that at Berkshire Children and Families, they prepare each child's extensive life history to give to the adoptive family. Details like the child's birthplace or what he or she was like as a baby are included alongside the locations and names of foster families the child may have stayed with before adoption.
Burns said that adoption professionals are essentially in agreement about the importance of keeping children's channels to the past open. She explained that the relationships children have with birth parents, even if very fraught, almost always contain strength and love.
The cultural shift surrounding reproductive choices for women as well as the decrease in the stigma of single motherhood have resulted in a significant drop in infant adoptions, according to Burns. She noted that BCF used to do 40 infant adoptions a year, but by the late 1980s, that number was down to around three.
The kind of people who make adoptive parents can be anybody -- single or coupled, experienced or inexperienced, old or young, Burns said.
"We want to make a commitment ..., 28 July 2014 [cached]
"We want to make a commitment to families and the neighborhood," said BCF President Carolyn Burns, who said the rapid growth of its Kids 4 Harmony program, currently based out of the nearby Morningside Community School, has prompted the organization to look at a broader vision for the future of this and other programs.
Burns said the Kids 4 Harmony program, which since 2011 has grown to include 55 students, is quickly outgrowing its home at the neighborhood elementary school, an issue that has also highlighted a lack of community space in the city's most densely populated section. "What I became aware of is that the Morningside, there are not any gathering places," Burns told iBerkshires. "Aside from the school, there is no place for people to come together and grow community." "The symbolism of a fire station represents something about safety, and well-being for a neighborhood," added Burns. "I thought if we could create a really out-of-the box community center, a 21st century community center that would be focused on learning, opportunity, music and art. ... and then embed other programs in it that would be of interest to the neighborhood." Burns said there are two facets to the process going forward. The first is assessing the costs and feasibility of rehabilitating the building, and secondly to work with the community to plan the types of desired programs to design accordingly. "We're trying to start with the biggest dream possible, because it's always best to start with a very broad vision," said Burns.
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