Family TIES of Massachusetts provides information and referral services, emotional support, and trainings to parents of children and youth with special needs - just like you, we are caring for our children and aim to light your way. WELCOME - we are so happy to meet you!
The Family TIES Parent-to-Parent Program offers a unique type of support among parents who share similar life experiences. Parents learn a great deal from the practical experiences of other parents. We are a proud Alliance Member of the P2PUSA network.
Five lucky parents were randomly selected and received DD gift cards - but we say thanks to ALL PARENTS who responded to the DPH annual Chapter 171 survey: your voices were heard! We will share the DPH Annual Report as soon as it is available.
302 caring, compassionate volunteer Support Parents are the core of our Parent-to-Parent Program. Every parent is invited to share experience and wisdom gained from caring for your child with special needs. Becoming A Support Parent is even easier now! Listening & Learning workshops are offered in groups or in your home, at the convenience of busy parents. Click to learn more.
What More Can We Offer? How about community contacts, after-school or summer camps, or our Let's Get Organized workshop? Contact your Regional Coordinator to learn more, or call 800-905-TIES (8437) to learn more.
Support Groups Listings are in the Information & Resources section of this website. If you want help to find a support group, please contact your Regional Coordinator.
Can we help to raise awareness about YOUR support group? Contact Family TIES to be included in our Regional Listings: 1-800-905-TIES (8437).
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health needs to hear from families,as they develop programs to meet your needs. Please consider today becoming a Family TIES advisor!
Healthy People 2020: Read a comprehensive report compiled by the Genetic Alliance and Family Voices, in collaboration with MCHB, to learn more.
Health Care Reform is an important topic for all of us these days. Check out the Catalyst Center to explore the Affordable Care Act and how it affects children with special health care needs.
Looking for resources for Transition to Adulthood? Here's a start:
School Days to Pay Days, from the Institute for Community Inclusion, Transitioning Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, from the Autism Consortium, and just published
Planning A Life After Special Education in Massachusetts, from the Disability Law Center.
The PCA Quality Home Care Workforce Council has created a resource tool for families looking for PCAs to help care for their loved ones. Visit their website for the listing and a great Tip Sheet (in English and Spanish) on the process of managing PCA services at home.
Need to know more about Personal Care Attendant (PCA) services from MassHealth? Visit the MassHealth website.
The DPH Community Support Line offers support for families. Call 800-882-1435 to learn more.
Families of children with emotional challenges need resources. Click to visit PAL, the Parent/Professional Advocacy League;
the 2011 Mental Health How-To Guide compiled by the Boston Bar Association and Children's Hospital;
CBHI (Children's Behavioral Health Initiative);
and Parents Helping Parents. You are not alone!