Did you know there are over 30,000 grandparents raising their grandchildren in Massachusetts?
The Family Resource Network offers a support group for Grandparents and other relatives raising children. Details for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Harmony are on page 3. The group has grandparents of all ages, with a variety of reasons for why they are raising these children. Massachusetts has a Commission that recognizes this ever growing population and supports them in the unique challenges they face each day. There is a great website at http://massgrg.com/.
“Information Exchange Tour” -- The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren & Attorney General’s Office
Join members of The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren as well as members from Attorney General Healey’s Office to exchange information, learn, and listen to families discuss issues impacting kinship caregivers in Massachusetts, particularly as it relates to the current opioid epidemic.
After a brief panel presentation there will be a “Town Hall Forum” for people to express their thoughts and concerns as kinship caregivers as well as share suggestions on addressing the impact this crisis is having on children and families. There will be local community resources present at each event.
Lowell/Lawrence: Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Middlesex Community College, F. Bradford Morris Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square
Boston: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm; Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Street; Dorchester, MA.
For additional information call 617-635-1484.
Some of the services we offer for parents and educators.
• At this time, we are looking for a space to hold our drop in play times.
Ages and Stages Developmental Screenings: As parents, we want to know that our child is on track developing and learning all that they can. Through the Department of Early Education and Care, we have received access to the Ages and Stages Developmental and Social Emotional Growth questionnaire. The Ages and Stages screening tool is a great way to learn more about your child’s development. You complete the questionnaire based on your child’s age in the comfort of your own home, and then return the information to the Family Resource Network. Once completed, you and a staff member can review the results and see what we can do together to help your child reach their full potential. If you have any questions, please call our office at 781-246-5187.
Childcare and Preschool Information: http://www.eec.state.ma.us/ChildCareSearch/EarlyEduMap.aspx