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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.

UMass Medical Center (Shriver Center)

University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S3-301, Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: 774-455-6562
Email: shriver.center@umassmed.edu
Websites: http://shriver.umassmed.edu/about-us

Services: To help with early intervention, the Shriver Center team of national experts in the fields of autism, applied behavior analysis, psychological sciences, and instructional technology work together, and with NIH grant support, have developed a number of innovative courses for parents and professionals. These courses are distributed through an online portal called UDiscovering. Developed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Shriver Center, UDiscovering offers a new line of online training tools, products, and services to help families and professionals touched by or working in the fields of autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Shriver Center is a nationally and internationally recognized research, education, and public service center dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established 30 years ago, it became a part of UMass Medical School in 2000. The Center offers a wide range of resources:

Helping the public understand and ameliorate the challenges faced by those with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

Training professionals and leaders in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field

Promoting efforts to enhance the health, safety, and quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families

Offering a series of disability related products, starting with Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Central MA Recovery Learning Community

209 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: (508) 751-9600
Fax: (508) 751-9601
Email: info@centralmassrlc.org
Website: http://www.centralmassrlc.org

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:30am-when last meeting of the day ends

Services: Offers peer-support groups. Meetings are frequently straight-up Peer Support: people coming together to discuss experiences, challenges, symptoms or whatever else comes to mind. Other meetings approach recovery through other channels, helping peers with any aspect of life from Aromatherapy to Zen. Examples include Computer Literacy, Creative Writing, Yoga and more.

These meetings help peers with extreme emotional/mental experiences on many levels. They give us a reason to get out of bed when we’re having a hard time doing so, and a place to go when we need one. They ground us in the “here and now” and give us new ways with which to express ourselves by engaging us in creative activities (drumming, writing, knitting, etc). Most importantly, they provide a network of emotional support, simply by bringing us together.

The RLC holds meetings in locations all throughout Central Massachusetts, in hospitals, community centers, book stores, churches-anyplace that has opened its space for use of the community. Our physical homes, sometimes referred to as our Resource Connection Center, also hosts numerous meetings throughout the week.

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