Support to Parents and Caregivers
We offer guidance, resources, and support to parents of children and adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral, learning differences or mental health needs
We believe families have a direct role in shaping the system that serves them. We help families gain the confidence they need to become more effective advocates for their families. We advocate for services and supports that are based on family strengths, as well as respect for cultural values and diversity.
Family Partners and Family Support Specialists are themselves parents, caregivers and guardians of children/adolescents and young adults who have first hand experience navigating service systems.
- Provide free on-going parent support groups located in the Framingham and Waltham areas. Each group meets bi-monthly.
- Provide support, information and resources to families who cannot attend an outside support group. To access please go to www.waysideparents.org.
- Provide free education group for parents of transition age youth 14-25.
- Coach families in developing advocacy and negotiation skills.
- Assist families in identifying their needs.
- Link families to resources in their communities such as therapeutic activities, camps, and respite care.
- Empower families to understand and exercise their rights.
- Provide information on medications, diagnoses and educate families on ways to navigate Educational, Legal, Health Care Systems, and State Agencies.
- Educate community organizations and schools.
Parent Support Groups & Workshops
Below is a list of Wayside support groups, which run at various times throughout the year. Please contact the staff listed below for more information.
Monthly workshops and seminars on issues parents face when raising a child or young adult with mental health issues. Dates and locations TBD. Topics can include but are not limited to: Young Adults Transitioning from high school to adulthood, ADHD, Transition Portfolios and Wellness. To join our e-mail list contact Ann Killion at 508-620-0010 X194 or email [email protected] in the Framingham area and Kelley Daron at 781-891-0555 X58 or email [email protected] in the Waltham area.
Parent Support Groups
Do you have a child with behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges? Are you puzzled by your child’s behavior and how to access appropriate services? Are you feeling alone and isolated? Support groups are held at our Framingham and Waltham locations. Come and meet other parents/caregivers in an ongoing, Free and Confidential atmosphere of caring, sharing ideas and mutual support.
The Framingham Parent Support Groups meet on the first and third Monday morning of the month from 10am-11:30am at 88 Lincoln Street in Framingham. Additionally, there is a Parent Support Group for Parents of older teens/young adults (ages 16-24)that meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 6pm-7:30pm at TEMPO, 68 Henry Street (next to the Wayside 88 Lincoln Street building) in Framingham. Call Ann Killion at 508-620-0010 x194 or email [email protected] for more information.
The Waltham Parent Support Group meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 10:30am to 12:30pm at 118 Central Street. In addition to the Monday morning meetings, each month a workshop is offered on a variety of topics about resources for parents and caregivers of children who need special support. These workshops are generally offered the third Monday evening of the month. Dates and times of support groups and workshops are subject to change.
There is a new parent support group forming for parents of young adults, ages 18-25, that will be held at 12 Prescott Street in Arlington. The group will meet monthly and at a to-be-determined time. Please contact Kelley Daron, Family Support Specialist, at 781-891-0556 Ext. 58 or email her at [email protected] in order to receive the monthly e-calendar for ongoing clarification of the groups’ meeting times and workshop topics.
Community Resources for Parents and Children
Our Family Partners have compiled this list of support groups offered in the community:
PPAL Parent/Peer Support Groups – Worcester Area – click here
Approved Parent Education Program Providers for Court Required Parenting Class for divorcing parents – click here
Autism Alliance of Metro West – click here
Just for Dads Support Group – click here
Healthy Families – Children’s Trust Fund – click here
Hoarding Support Group – click here
Buried in Treasures Hoarding Support – click here
Mass Housing Hoarding Resource & Support click here
Parenting Skills Workshop – click here
Mass 211 Helpline Support Groups – click here
TEMPO Framingham Young Parents Support Group – click here
Pregnancy and Parenting Support through Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – click here
MSPCC Adoptive Families Together – click here
Learn to Cope – Substance Abuse Support – click here
GRASP – Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing (scroll down to Massachusetts meetings) – click here
Transgender Care – Providers and Support Info – click here
Out MetroWest – LGBTQ Youth Support Info – click here
Parents, Families, and Friends of LGBTQ People – click here
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren of Massachusetts – click here
Caregiving MetroWest Support Groups – click here
Boston Medical Center – Good Grief Program for Families & Children – click here
Children’s Hospital Boston – Bereavement Program for Parents – click here
Children’s Bereavement Support Group – click here
Jeff’s Place; Children’s Bereavement Center, Inc. – 34 Deloss St. Framingham 508-879-2800
The Children’s Room – Bereavement Support for Children, Teens, & Families – click here
Children’s Friends – Carriage House Bereavement Support – click here
Family Resource Centers – Parenting Programs & Support Groups – click here
Voices Against Violence – Support Groups & Information through SMOC – click here
IM Hear – Online instant messaging program of Samaritans Suicide Prevention for Teens – click here
School Resources for Suicide Prevention – click here