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Children’s Friend

20 Cedar Street, Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (508) 753-5425
Administrative Fax: (508) 757-7659
Website: http://childrensfriend.org/programs/outpatient-counseling/

Counseling Center hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm, and Saturdays by appointment.

A clinician is available to our clients by telephone for after-hours emergencies. The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center is located at 20 Cedar Street in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Services: We strive to help families survive difficult times and return to their highest level of functioning. To accomplish this, we work collaboratively with physicians, other mental health and social service providers and schools. We encourage referrals from schools, agencies, hospitals and medical professionals for a wide range of services including individual, group, and family therapy, psychological testing, psychopharmacology, and parent training.

These services are provided through the four major programs:

    • The Carriage House, A Center for Grieving Children and Families
    • The Ellsworth Child and Family Counseling Center
    • Adoption and Family Services
    • School Age Mothers (SAM) Program

Spectrum Health Systems’ Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) Program

585 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
Phone: 1-800-464-9555 (x 1156)
Website: http://www.spectrumsys.org/programs/domestic-violence

Services: Spectrum’s Prevention of Abuse and Violence through Education (P.A.V.E.) program is a 40-week psycho-educational program designed for men who batter their partners.  The program helps clients recognize violent and controlling behaviors, take responsibility for their actions, and learn non-violent ways to resolve conflict with others.  Clients are required to attend forty 2-hour group sessions.  Intervention may also require referrals to develop a sober and drug free lifestyle, obtain employment training or acquire parenting skills.


New Hope Inc.

91 Prescott Street, Worcester, MA 01605
Phone: (508) 753-3146
Toll-Free, 24-Hour Hotline: 800-323-HOPE (4673)

Services: New Hope is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is “Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence in Our Community”. While some programs serve only domestic or sexual violence survivors, New Hope is a dual mission agency which addresses both issues together. Since domestic and sexual violence are often intertwined, our clients benefit from the full spectrum of programs we offer, allowing them to receive domestic and sexual violence services all in one place.

We offer a wide range of services which combine crisis intervention, violence prevention, life transition and self-sufficiency opportunities, while promoting behavioral and systemic changes to reduce violence at the individual and community levels.

Toll-Free, 24-Hour Confidential Hotline

Our trained hotline specialists assist callers with crisis intervention, risk assessment, and safety planning. Callers are also provided with information about New Hope’s services and other community resources to address domestic and sexual violence.

Our Hotline is also available to family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who may be concerned about someone they know that may be a survivor of domestic or sexual violence.

Emergency Shelter

We provide women, men, and children safe haven in New Hope’s two confidential emergency shelters. While at the shelter, clients receive crisis intervention, counseling, economic literacy training, financial advocacy and case management, including a housing plan.

Counseling

Dedicated to supporting both groups and individuals, trained counselors work with children, adolescent, and adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

SAFEPLAN

Advocates stationed in seven district courts and one probate court assist individuals with obtaining restraining and harassment orders. These advocates are located in Attleboro, Dudley, East Brookfield, Milford, Taunton (District and Probate), Westborough and Uxbridge. This program is partially supported by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) through the 1984 VOCA grant from OVC, OJP, US D.O.J.

New Start Transitional Living Program

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) assists families with securing individual apartments, which they live in for up to 18 months. While in the TLP, these families pay their own utilities and contribute toward the rent, which helps them to build credit and economic independence. New Hope also assists these clients by providing counseling, job-training, budget management, a housing plan and other life skills to transition towards self-sufficiency in the aftermath of violence.

Community-Based Advocacy

Community advocates assist individuals with finding resources to enhance their safety while staying in their home community. Local assistance aims to minimize future risk and prevents the need to flee to shelter.

Supervised Visitation

Located at the MJ Leadenham Center in our Worcester office, supervised visitation is provided to non-custodial parents due to a prior history of domestic or sexual violence. Staff model healthy parenting skills with these adults while they visit their children in a safe, monitored and nurturing setting.

Housing Stabilization

Our housing stabilization program provides individuals with funding for rent, utilities, or other costs necessary for providing stable, reliable housing which was jeopardized as a result of domestic or sexual violence.

Civilian Police Advocate

Our civilian advocate in the Attleboro Police Station provides individuals with services such as crisis intervention, safety planning, and assistance with the criminal justice system.

 


Worcester Family Partnership

130 Leeds Street, Worcester, MA 1606
Phone: (508) 799-3136
Fax: (508) 799-3129
Email: vietze@worc.k12.ma.us or beltont@worc.12.ma.us
Website: http://worcesterschools.org/worcester-family-partnership

Services: Worcester Family Partnership is a MA Department of Early Education and Care grant to provide support services to families with children birth to school age. Worcester Family Partnership is offering you the opportunity to participate in a FREE Screening for your child. The AGES & STAGES Questionnaire only takes a few minutes and will give you important information about your child’s development.

WFP Opportunities include:

Playgroups–For parent and child Monday through Friday 9:30–11:00 am
Family Literacy–In collaboration with Adult Education programming (GED & ESOL) sponsored by partner agencies,  family activities are offered to extend learning to the entire family.
Family Recreational Activities – scheduled monthly.
Workshops–Related to parenting topics – scheduled monthly.
Family Resource Information.
Support for families–Transitioning into school/child care settings.
Quality support -For early education programs.
PCHP–Parent-Child Home Program.


Worcester Adoptive Families Together

335 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Telephone: (508) 753-2967
Fax: (508) 767-3095
Website: http://www.mspcc.org/about/office-locations/worcester/

Services: Adoptive Families Together (AFT) provides education, advocacy, training, and support to families, professionals and communities about the unique circumstances inherent in the adoption experience. Our groups include parents who have adopted children of all ages and races, domestically and internationally, children of kin, and children with special needs. We also welcome adopted individuals, birth parents, foster parents, guardians and pre-adoptive parents.

For more info contact Lori Baeumler 617-587-1522 or lbaeumler@mspcc.org

Other Services Provided By the Massachusetts Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children:

Pregnancy & Parenting Support– MSPCC supports teen and young adult parents beginning at pregnancy. Home visitors offer encouragement and education to parents through each stage of pregnancy and early childhood development. MSPCC also provides guidance to parents, helping them reach their educational and career goals.

Child & Family Counseling– MSPCC clinicians provide behavioral health services to children who have experienced trauma, family or community violence, school bullying and social and emotional adjustment issues. We work both one-on-one with the child and with the whole family in the home and in our Family Counseling Centers.

Foster Care & Adoption– MSPCC provides support to foster families, helping parents manage the needs of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. MSPCC also facilitates the adoption process when children cannot be returned to their biological families and offers post-adoption support.


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