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The 2014 edition of the Family TIES of Massachusetts Directory of Resources for Families of Children and Youth with Special Needs is now available! View online or contact the Regional Coordinators at 800-905-TIES to get your copy.

We always welcome information about more community programs, especially from families. Just fill out our Directory Add form and mail or email to the address on the top of the form. Thank you for sharing with us!


(The Directory is available in PDF format only. You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™in order to view these pages. Acrobat® Reader™is available at no cost and can be downloaded by clicking here.)

 

Inroduction

This Directory is meant to be used only as a starting point for inquiry into community-based resources and state agencies that support families of children and youth with special needs. The inclusion of a program in this directory does not represent an endorsement by the Federation, nor does an omission represent any form of disapproval by the Federation.

What is so important about the work we do?

FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS, Family TIES of Massachusetts has provided a unique opportunity for families and professionals supporting children and youth with special needs. The efforts of our staff, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and our funder, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs enriches the lives of thousands of families each year.

Through Family TIES, families find a knowing source of emotional support, information about resources in their local communities (and beyond), and opportunities to enhance the skills we need, as parents, to ensure that our children receive the kinds of supportive services that make a positive difference in their lives. This is important in our worlds of healthcare, education, and community opportunities.

The staff of Family TIES is ever appreciative for the opportunity to meet families and professionals, for through your contacts, we learn so much more about the needs of families and ways to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth with special needs. Please keep your calls coming!

Family TIES of Massachusetts produces this annual Directory of Resources to assure everyone has access to the kinds of information that our staff offers to families and professionals who support children and youth with special needs. We know from personal experience that families are busy, and they cannot solve all of their concerns on their own. We are here to assist.

There is a strategy for using our Directory when searching for a resource that will help to address an unmet need:

  • 1. The RESOURCES BY TOPIC listing is helpful when you know the kinds of resource programs that you need. Perhaps a family needs help with advocate for a child’s needs, child care services, resources related to health care or housing, or would benefit from knowing more about their child’s specific diagnosis? Open to the first section of the book, RESOURCES BY TOPIC, and browse through the sections to identify which one or more may be helpful. Start your search in NATIONAL resources, then STATE, and finally the specific area of the state where the family lives. By searching for programs with multiple scopes of area, it will become evident that there are plenty of places to reach out to, for assistance.
  • 2. The A-Z RESOURCES listing, in the second section of the book, is like a phone directory. Start here when you know the program you want to reach. You’ll see its description includes a summary of available supports, along with the various categories (topics) of services in their focus. This will help you to know, is this really the right program for this concern? Knowing the types of services that one program offers, you can turn back to the TOPIC listing in the front, to see if there are additional programs that might be of help to address the need. This expands your search, once again.
  • It is important to note that the resources in the Directory are not the be-all, end-all of resources available from our staff. Family TIES Regional Coordinators are committed Parent-Professionals and a resource to families and professionals. Contact your Regional Coordinator to expand your search, for assistance in exploring unmet needs. Our program staff can be helpful in sorting out the details of a child’s circumstances, and help to expand opportunities for the child and family.

    The continuing commitment of Family TIES is based on a simple statement: our own families inspire our staff. The Federation for Children with Special Needs is a wonderful organization that brings together the kinds of services that reduce the challenges of families of children and youth with special needs. The newly defined Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health continues to commit its resources and staff to assure that families just like ours can identify community programs, receive emotional support, and benefit from skill-building opportunities to enhance their lives. Thank you to our community. We are blessed to be among these committed partners in our work. Together In Enhancing Support; that is our motto. The staff of Family TIES looks forward to meeting your family.

     

    Remember that our Directory of Resources is a starting point for our Regional Coordinators. Contacts within local communities helps us to maintain lists of programs that are available to meet the needs of your family.

    When seeking services or ideas, call Family TIES!

    Special words of thanks to our closest communities. This includes our agency,

    the Federation for Children with Special Needs;

    our funder and collaborator, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs;

    the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau; and

    Parent to Parent USA.

    Thanks, too, to many community-based organizations and state agencies that have offered opportunities to share in their activities to support families. In supporting your families, too, we gain understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of our community’s experiences. Thank you.


    Family TIES of Massachusetts is funded and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.