Parent Support Services


Support for Parents and Caregivers

Parent-Peer Partnership Program

We offer guidance, resources, and support to parents of children and adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral, learning differences or mental health needs


Video made by parents participating in “Parenting Journeys” Group

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.

The Parent-Peer Partnership Program staff are parents, caregivers and guardians of children/adolescents and young adults who have firsthand experience navigating service systems.

Available Services:

  • Provide free parent support groups in the Framingham and Waltham areas. These groups are now virtual.
  • Provide support, information and resources to families who cannot participate in virtual support groups.
  • 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.

Education and Support Groups

Our education programs and support groups are now being offered virtually. Please contact the staff listed below for more information. All Parent-Peer Partnership Program support services are funded by the Department of Mental Health.

Education Programs

Monthly workshops and seminars on issues parents face when raising a child or young adult with mental health issues. Topics can include but are not limited to: young adults transitioning from high school to adulthood, ADHD, transition portfolios and wellness. Framingham parents interested in support groups or joining our email list can email Christi Fagerberg at [email protected] or call 508-469-3297. Parents in the Lowell, Medford and Waltham area can contact [email protected] or call 781-966-5644.

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? Free support groups are being held virtually during COVID-19. Join any of the below meetings, regardless of your location and meet other parents/caregivers in a confidential atmosphere of mutual support.

The support groups below are for parents and caregivers who are raising children and young adults with mental illness. 

Framingham Parent/Caregiver Groups: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Zoom

Open Discussion, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Parent Support Group, Wednesdays, 6 p.m.

Contact group facilitator Christi Fagerberg for a Zoom Meeting invite.

Email: Christi_ [email protected] or call 508-469-3297 or 470-601-7602

Waltham Parent/Caregiver Open Discussion Groups: Wednesdays & Thursdays, Zoom

Open Discussion, Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.

Open Discussion, Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.

Contact facilitators Catherine Picciotto and Carol Silva for a Zoom meeting invite

Email: [email protected] or call 781-966-5690

Email: [email protected] or call 781-423-5218

Lowell Parent/Caregiver Open Discussion Groups: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Zoom

Open Discussion Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.

Open Discussion Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Contact facilitators Roberta Agostinho and Malik Marrero for a Zoom meeting invite.

Email: [email protected] or call 978-349-4177

Email: [email protected] or call 978-349-4171


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

Groups for Caregivers & Youth

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