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Carolyn Mower Burns

President and Chief Executive Officer

Berkshire Children and Families Inc

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Berkshire Children and Families Inc

480 West Street

Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

United States

Company Description

With more than 100 years of service in Western Massachusetts, we are the trusted resource in providing temporary and permanent families for children in need. We work with potential foster parents, educating them on the process and what you can expect. Whe ... more

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Background Information


Board Member
Children's League of Massachusetts

Member, Steering Committee

Non-Profit Steering Committee
Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Inc

Statewide Advisory Board
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Patch Approach



Social Work

SUNY Albany

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Board | Berkshire Children & Families [cached]

Carolyn Mower Burns, LICSW, President & CEO

In Memoriam | Berkshire Children & Families [cached]

In Honor of Carolyn Mower Burns

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that Carolyn Mower Burns, President and CEO of Berkshire Children and Families, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. She was at home, surrounded by her family, and at peace.
Carolyn was a visionary in the area of children and families and dedicated 47 years to that work. She was a leader locally and statewide in her efforts because of the relationships she established and her constant eye on emerging social trends, most recently in the area of child and family well-being.
Carolyn joined BCF in 1989 after working 20 years at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, now Department of Children and Families, nine years as the Area Director. Under Carolyn's leadership, BCF has become one of the most comprehensive family service agencies in Western MA, providing innovative programs that create lasting opportunity for children and their families in Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. Carolyn has served on many local and statewide boards and organizations during her career. She was the leader of the City of Pittsfield-funded Pittsfield Family Consortium, served on the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Steering Committee, the Pittsfield Promise Initiative, and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families Statewide Advisory Board. She offered numerous workshops at regional and national conferences and held a Master's Degree in Social Work from SUNY Albany and was a licensed independent clinical practitioner.
When family support met child welfare years ago, she founded the Patch Approach, a community team practice model that brought together child protection and community-based services to enhance family resilience, caring capacities, and well-being. With her guidance, the Patch Approach took root in Massachusetts in a way that continues to evolve to this day.
In 2010, Carolyn led Berkshire Children and Families in taking a bold step to challenge the root causes of social obstacles facing children and families. She believed passionately that all children and families had strengths and talents, yet not all had opportunity.
Programs such as Kids 4 Harmony, an intensive after school music program in Pittsfield and North Adams, were developed, creating long-term opportunity and corridors of care to help children succeed in school and in life. BCF enlisted families as partners in that initiative. Because her vision was so true, she was a trusted advisor, consultant and colleague everywhere she worked.
Our team at BCF is heartbroken by this news yet determined to carry out the vision Carolyn has ignited in us. Please join us in keeping her family and friends in your thoughts through this difficult time. Notes of appreciation can be sent to the Burns Family at PO Box 55, Housatonic, MA 01236.
Carolyn Mower Burns Remembered December 1, 2016

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Berkshire Children and Families: Carolyn Burns

Pittsfield Promise Event | Berkshire Children & Families [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

Board | Berkshire Children & Families [cached]

Carolyn Mower Burns, LICSW, President & CEO

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