Programs: Family Support

Family Support

Family Support Services

Caring for a family member with a disability

The United Arc provides a flexible array of services for families that care for or include a family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Family Support Services include:

  • Family Support Centers — An array of supports are available to families caring for a family member who meets eligibility criteria with the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Services are offered by staff working out of Family Support Centers in Greenfield and Athol, MA. Primary supports offered are service navigation, information and referral, family trainings and support groups, community connections, social/ recreational opportunities, educational and service advocacy. Families prioritized by DDS may also be able to access short-term financial assistance to pay for goods and services that benefit the individual with a disability.
  • Intensive Flexible Family Support Services (IFFS) — Short-term intensive level of family support and case management provided to families caring for a child between the ages of 3 and 18 identified by DDS as having a high need for support to prevent out-of-home placement. IFFS Services are available through the Family Support Centers.
  • DDS/DESE Services — Longer-term intensive level of family support and case management provided to families caring for a child under the age of 18, with the intent of preventing residential placement of the child.
  • Youth Transition Program — Preparation for adulthood and transitional services for teens/young adults who are under the auspices of the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
  • Positive Parenting Resource Center — Services for families headed by parents with cognitive challenges or intellectual limitations. Services include home visiting, case management, parent support and education groups, supervised visitation for children in foster placement, support from volunteer mentors (Family Friends), structured supported living and consultation services for other service agencies. Resource Center staff coordinates training events under the name the Coalition for Supporting Parents with Cognitive Challenges and are active in The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP).
  • The Family Friends Program — The Family Friends Program matches community volunteers with families that have additional support needs.
  • Family Support Newsletter

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