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Abby's House
(508) 756-5486
      Worcester
Non-profit, multi-service organization serving homeless and battered women and children. www.abbyshouse.org.
AbilityPlus
see website
www.abilityplus.org

      Statewide
Website and forum detailing adaptive snowsports and other adaptive recreation activities at major ski areas in New Hampshire and Vermont. www.abilityplus.org.
AccesSportsAmerica
(978) 264-0985
www.accessports.org

      Statewide
Windsurfing, outrigger canoeing, surfing, water-skiing, sailing, and more for adults and children with disabilities.



The Adoption Community of New England
(508) 366-6812
www.adoptioncommunityofne.org

      Statewide
Support groups for waiting parents, birth families and adopted persons.

Adoptive Families Together
See website
www.mspcc.org

      Lexington
A supportive network of adoptive parents who combine experiences and information to strengthen families and adoptions.  AFT families have adopted children domestically and internationally, infants and older children, and children with special needs.

The Arc of Massachusetts
(781) 891-6270
www.arcmass.org

      Statewide
Support programs for children and adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities and their families. Information/referral, respite care, recreational programs, community outreach and more.


Aspergers Association of New England
(617) 393-3824
www.aane.org

      Statewide
Phone consultation and service referrals, support groups for parents and seminars, conferences and workshops for educators. www.aane.org.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
(877) 2-ASTHMA
www.asthmaandallergies.org

      Statewide
Support groups and resources for families coping with asthma and allergies.

Attention Deficit Information Network
(508) 746-3959
      Statewide
Nonprofit all-volunteer organization offering support and information to families of children with ADD, adults with ADD and professionals through a network of AD-IN chapters.



Autism Alliance of Metro West
(508) 652-9900
www.autismalliance.org

      Natick
Support groups, information and referral, lending library, open play gym, teen adventures and family swim for children with autism and their siblings.
Best Buddies
(866) 332-8339
www.bestbuddiesmassachusetts.org

      Statewide
Opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  www.bestbuddiesmassachusetts.org.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
See website
www.chadd.net

      Wayland
Monthly support groups, links to local resources, and an information line for direct support. www.chadd.net.
Community Autism Resources
(508) 379-0371
      Statewide
Clinics, fun groups, field trips, event and more.

Early Intervention
See website
www.mass.gov/dph/earlyintervention/

      Statewide
Programs for children, birth - 3, with or at risk for developmental delays.
Easter Seals
(800) 922-8290
www.eastersealsma.org

     
For adults and children with disabilities. Assistive technology assessment and training, mini equipment loan program, summer camp and youth leadership program.

Families First
(617) 868-7687
www.families-first.org

      Statewide
Helping to builds positive relationships between parents and their children by educating families and professionals through inspiring, hands-on workshops.


Families for Ukrainian Adoption
See website
www.fruanewengland.org

      Sterling
Support network for families with, or planning to adopt, children from countries of the former Soviet Union. Support network, cultural and ethnic events, newsletter and lecture series.
Families with Children from China
See website
www.fccne.org

      Statewide
Offers cultural awareness with celebrations of Chinese Holidays, waiting family support, playgroups, charitable initiatives and more. www.fccne.org.

Families With Diabetes
See website
www.childrenwithdiabetes.com

      Statewide
Support groups for families with children who have Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. www.childrenwithdiabetes.com.
Family Resources of Natick
(508) 655-2557
www.natickfamilies.org

      Natick
FRN provides information on high-quality early education and care. Programs and activities designed to promote family education, literacy and engagement with other Natick families. Birth - 8 years old.

Family TIES
See website
www.massfamilyties.org

      Statewide
Information and parent-to-parent support for families of children with
special needs and chronic illness.

Fathers and Families
(617) 542-9300
www.fathersandfamilies.org

      Statewide
Advocates for the right of every child to have two active parents in their lives.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
(800) 331-0688
www.fcsn.org

      Statewide
Parent to parent support and advocacy training for families with children with special education and special healthcare needs.
First Call for Help (United Way of Mass Bay)
(800) 231-4377
      Statewide
Telephone counselors locate resources and advocate with other agencies on callers behalf. Information on support groups, employment, housing, fuel assistance and more.
First Connections
(978) 287-0221
www.firstconnections.org

      Concord
First Connections offers comprehensive services every step of the way to support you in becoming the best parent you can be. Educational seminars and playgroups. Support groups include first time mothers, 40 something, cultural sharing, parents of multiples, foster children families, and young parents. For Concord and surrounding towns. www.firstconnections.org.

Freedman Center for Child and Family Development
(617) 244-4636
      Newton
First-time moms group.

Fuel Assistance Program
(508) 746-6707
www.sscac.org

      Statewide
Provides qualifying low-income households with help in paying heating bills. www.sscac.org.
GoGirlGo!
(617) 288-9898
www.womenssportsfoundation.org/GoGirlGo/Boston.aspx

      All Towns
GoGirlGo! works across the country to keep girls involved in physical activity. GoGirlGo! supports nationwide programs and organizations that work with girls to achieve a healthy lifestlye through education, funding, public awareness and networking.
Health Helpline
(800) 272-4232
www.hcfama.org

      Statewide
Helpline answers questions about the health care system and provides information and referrals to appropriate resources.

Holistic Moms Network
See website
www.holisticmoms.org

      Statewide
Welcoming all area parents with an interest in holistic health and green living. Our goal is to develop a thriving local community of holistic parents with a wide range of interests.



Infancy to Independence
See website
www.actonadmissions@itoi-ma.org

      Waltham*
*Also offered in Acton.  A one to one cooperative, educational support program for parents with children 1-4.
Insure Kids Now
(877) KIDS-NOW
www.insurekidsnow.gov

      Statewide
US Health and Human Services program to link children to low-cost or free health insurance. www.insurekidsnow.gov.
Jewish Family and Children's Services
(781) 647-5327
www.jfcsboston.org

      All Towns
A non-denominational charity which offers a comprehensive group of programs designed to strengthen families and support individuals through challenging times.  www.jfcsboston.org.
Judge Baker Children's Center Child-At-Risk Hotline
(617) 232-4882
      E. Bridgewater
For reporting suspected child abuse or neglect in Massachusetts. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles
(508) 559-0040
www.keepingpace.org

      Statewide
Support meetings, newsletter, social activities, reasonably-priced resale boutique and networking for all families with, or expecting, multiples.
La Leche League breastfeeding support group
See website
www.llleus.org/state/Massachusetts.html

      Statewide
Monthly meetings. www.llleus.org.
LexFun!
See website
www.lexfun.org

      Lexington
Lexington's five and under network offering social, educational and recreational opportunities to families with young children. www.lexfun.org.
Massachusetts Adoption Resource
(800) 882-1176
      Statewide
Provides extensive resources, programs and services related to foster care adoption.



Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation
See website
www.mass.gov/dmr

      Statewide
Services for children under age 18 with mental retardation or developmental disorders. Services include family support, service coordination, integrated after school programs, respite and summer camps. www.mass.gov/dmr.
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
(800) 664-MDSC
www.mdsc.org

      Statewide
Support groups, social events, information clearinghouse and "parents first call" program.  www.mdsc.org.
MassHealth
(800) 841-2900
www.mass.gov/masshealth

      Statewide
MassHealth Family Assistance offers coverage to eligible children, some working adults, and people who are HIV positive who cannot get MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth. www.mass.gov/masshealth.
The Milc Room
(508) 845-8466
      Shrewsbury
Breastfeeding support center.

Mothers and Company
(508) 835-6666
      Boylston
Caring for new baby, breastfeeding a new baby, preparing for parenting of twins, hypnobirthing and other birthing classes, friends and family CPR, infant massage, childproofing and more.
Mothers of Multiples
See website
www.mmota-founding.org

      Dedham
Support, lending library and moms night out.

Mothers of Twins Association
See website
www.wscmmota.org

      Framingham
Provides educational, social and emotional support to parents and expectant parents of multiples.  www.wscmmota.org.
Mothers of Twins Club
See website
www.nomotc.org

      Statewide
Providing educational, social and emotional support to mothers and expectant mothers of multiples with groups statewide. Members meet monthly to discuss the unique challenges of parenting multiples and to hear speakers on a variety of parenting topics. 


OTA-Watertown, PC
(617) 923-4410
      Watertown
Sensory integration specialists treating SPD, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, receptive and expressive disorders. Specialty Areas: Trauma and attachment, Visual-vestibular, Feeding/oral motor, handwriting,
listening, and craniosacral therapy.

Parent Professional Advocacy League
(617) 542-7860
www.ppal.net

      Statewide
Statewide organization dedicated to helping families with children who have mental illness. www.ppal.net.
Parent Talk
See website
www,parenttalk.info

      Various
Enrichment activities and educational resources for families with young children in Needham, Dover, Westwood, Natick and surrounding towns.
Parental Stress Line
(800) 632-8188
      Statewide
24-hour hotline staffed by trained volunteer telephone counselors who care and are concerned about the preservation of families.
Parenting Solutions
(508) 366-7557
www.parentingsolutionsprograms.com

      Westboro
Workshops, individual consultations and mediation services for parents. Guidance in what parents need to do to support cooperative, caring, respectful behavior and healthy development of their children.

Parents Helping Parents
(800) 632-8188
www.parentshelpingparents.org

      Statewide
Offering a statewide network of support groups for parents or other adult caretakers who are isolated, overwhelmed or afraid of their anger toward their children. 24-hour support phone line. www.parentshelpingparents.org.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
(866) 427-3542
www.gbpflag.org

      Waltham
Support, education and advocacy.

Project Bread FoodSource Hotline
(800) 645-8333
www.projectbread.org.

      Statewide
Statewide information and referral service for people facing hunger.www.projectbread.org.
Raising a Jewish Child with Special Needs
(508) 755-3300
      Framingham
Monthly supportive and thought-provoking discussion group.

South Bay Early Intervention
(508) 559-0473
www.southbaymentalhealth.com

      Multiple*
Brockton. *Also located in Swansea, Lowell and Worcester. Evaluations, toddler groups, home visits, parent support and speech, physical and occupational therapy. Click ad for full-size version.
South Bay Early Intervention
Special Olympics
See website
www.specialolympicsma.org/west

      Statewide
Sports programs for those with intellectual disabilities.


SPEDwatch
See website
www.spedwatch.org

      Statewide
SPEDWatch is a community of concerned citizens: a grassroots, nonprofit, social change movement working to eliminate the root causes of educational neglect of students with disabilities, ages 3-21.
United Cerebral Palsey
(617) 926-5480
www.ucpboston.org

      Statewide
Providing an array of programs and services to children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families. Information and referral to state and local resources, summer camp scholarships and financial assistance programs for items of necessity related to home and community adaptation. www.ucpboston.org.
WIC - Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program
(800) WIC-1007
www.mass.gov/wic

      Statewide
WIC is a nutrition program that provides FREE healthy foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to families who qualify. You must live in MA, have a child under 5 or be pregnant or breastfeeding, have a nutrition risk (WIC staff can help with this) and be income eligible. A family of 4 can make up to $41,000 to qualify.



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