FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

The events listed below are either sponsored by MARE or by other organizations. MARE is not responsible for changes made to the event listings for other organizations. For each event, please note the sponsoring organization and appropriate contact to direct questions and comments. For any MARE event, please call 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678) or 1-800-882-1176 for more information.

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Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma- This workshop is for families living in the Northern or Western regions of Massachusetts who have a foster/adoptive child placed in their home
See this flyer for event dates and other details. En Espanol, click here.
   
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Stress Management and Resiliency Program for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors
Tuesday Mornings (10:30 am- 12:00 pm): May 6 – Jun 10, 2014
Join us to learn ways to build your resiliency against the ongoing stresses of parenting.  In this six-week program, you will learn practical strategies for stress management, easily applied relaxation methods, and positive thinking techniques.

Program leader: Laura Malloy, LICSW specializes in working with parents of children with challenging behaviors, is a certified yoga teacher and teaches stress reduction to adults and children.

Location: Classes meet at the Benson Henry Institute, 151 Merrimac Street, 4th floor, Boston.                  
Cost: $240 for the six-week program, payable in advance.  Pre-registration is required.
Contact:  For questions or registration, please call Laura Malloy at 617-643-6061 or email at Lmalloy@partners.org

   
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Waiting Family Support Group Meetings
DCF: Northern Regional
3/13, 4/10, 5/8 & 6/12
at Jordan’s Furniture
50 Walkers Brook Drive
Reading, MA 01867
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Rsvp to suegenovesehelp@gmail.com
   
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We are Family: A post-adoption support group
First Connections: on the Emerson Hospital Campus, Route 2, Concord, MA
A monthly support and education group for parents who are caring for foster children, have adopted a child at age 3 or older, or whose adopted child is now over age 5. Meets on the third Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm.
Contact the facilitator, Mary Rowlinson with questions: 978-287-0221 ex:218
   
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Adoption Learn & Play: Monthly Support Group
First Connections: on the Emerson Hospital Campus, Route 2, Concord, MA
A support and education group for parents with adopted children age 5 and under. During the parent discussion time, children are welcome to play in a supervised play room. The facilitated group is a supportive environment where adoptive parents can meet and share resources with other adoptive families.
Contact the facilitator, Mary Rowlinson with questions: 978-287-0221 ex:218
   
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Webinar:  You’re Not Alone:  Mobilizing Supports for an Adoptive Placement
MARE
Hear from a roundtable of adoption professionals about accessing services in Massachusetts to support adoptive families and ways to build your personal support network.  Appropriate for families at any stage in the adoption process. Listen to the recording HERE.
   

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Webinar-Waiting is the Hardest Part: Tips and Survival Strategies for the Matching Process
MARE
Have you ever wondered:  
How do workers decide on the right match?
    How come I feel like I never hear anything back?
    What more can I be doing to help facilitate a match?
    What should I be doing while I am waiting?

We hosted a casual conversation about the challenges and successes of waiting for a match. This webinar is most appropriate for families who have already started the training/homestudy process. To listen to the recording, click HERE.

   

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Workshops, Parent Groups & Online Discussion Group
Adoptive Families Together (AFT)
Click HERE to view upcoming workshops.

AFT provides education, advocacy, support, and more. Adoptive Families Together (AFT) offers several parent-run confidential groups, statewide. AFT parent support meetings provide pre- and post-adoptive information, education, and general support for families touched by adoption.                        

AFT also hosts a moderated Online Discussion Group which provides parents with a 24-hour support forum, focusing on children with challenging behaviors and complex needs. To learn more about Online Discussion Group, click HERE.

   
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Pathways to Permanency through the Trauma Center
The Pathways to Permanency Program
Trauma Center in Brookline, MA
Rona Sandberg, LICSW, Clinical Coordinator at 617-232-1303 ext.223 or visit www.traumacenter.org.
The Pathways to Permanency Program strives to strengthen and support families in providing foster and adoptive children with a nurturing and stable home environment. The program offers services that include caregiver support, psycho-education, and consultation. Consultation services may be used to assist families with:  guidance in determining if and/or how to adopt or to be a foster parent and deciding whether a specific child placement is a good match for your family.  Caregiver services may be used to assist families with:  Parenting a child with a history of trauma, managing relationships with birth families, and preparing siblings for the arrival of a new foster or adoptive child and/or addressing challenges that may arise between siblings.These services are provided by clinicians with extensive experience working with childhood trauma and foster care and adoption related issues.
 

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