Family Support Center

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The Family Support Center provides services to people and their families from diverse cultural, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds including those who are supporting an individual with autism.

The Family Support Center’s purpose is to support families when they need it most, to provide resources for people with autism and developmental disabilities and for their families to attain the highest level of support to positively impact their lives.

Customized Case Management

A member of the Family Support Center staff meets with each new family or person at home or at the Center to learn about their specific needs as well as the family’s strengths and interests. Services include but are not limited to information and referral, short term and extended service navigation (through a DDS referral) and assistance connecting with and accessing social services and support programs.

Workshops, Trainings & Groups

A variety of informational and educational opportunities are offered by the Center’s staff and other professionals to ensure that relevant topics and best practices are at the forefront of programming. Monthly Coffee & Conversation groups are held year-round.

Some topics include: basic rights & the IEP, supported decision making, guardianship and alternatives for both English and Spanish-speaking families, ABLE accounts and special needs trusts and estate planning, behavioral interventions, caring for the caregiver, grandparents raising grandchildren, person-centered planning and more.

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Bridges to Family Success Initiative

In partnership with Children’s Friend and Family Services, the Bridges to Family Success initiative addresses the needs of families raising a child or young adult with autism or another intellectual or developmental disability.

Now in its second year, this program focuses its aid particularly on families in Lynn and surrounding communities who face additional barriers, such as cultural and linguistic diversity or complex behavioral health challenges, which hinder their access to appropriate services and community resources for their child.

Program staff help families develop an individualized family plan, which with support from trained care coordinators, to address a child’s behavioral health needs and establish long-term care goals.

Families receive quality training and support on how to navigate the behavioral health system and access necessary services, as well as how to foster stronger familial bonds. Additionally, “Bridges to Family Success” hosts numerous community social events for families to create a continued network of peer support.”

Family Support Center Events

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August 2019

Fitness in the Family

August 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

All together now! Enjoy a weekend morning with your family in Marblehead! Move, let loose and get stronger together at Harbor Fitness. Join motivating fitness instructor Kim Crowley for dance, strength and balance training, and relaxing stretch. Kim Crowley has experience teaching all ages and a range of abilities. We'll adapt class to work for everyone.

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Fitness for the Caregiver

August 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until August 30, 2019

Caregivers face a tremendous amount of physical, emotional and financial stress. They often neglect their own health while giving so much to those they care for. Take an hour for yourself at Harbor Fitness.

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Fitness in the Family

August 31 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

All together now! Enjoy a weekend morning with your family in Marblehead! Move, let loose and get stronger together at Harbor Fitness. Join motivating fitness instructor Kim Crowley for dance, strength and balance training, and relaxing stretch. Kim Crowley has experience teaching all ages and a range of abilities. We'll adapt class to work for everyone.

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September 2019

What is a Rogers Guardianship?

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an informational presentation and a Q&A with an experienced appellate lawyer whose specialties include guardianship and issues related to the administration of psychotropic medication.

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Financial Awareness Workshops

September 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

Join Metro Credit Union and Bridgewell's Family Support Center for two sessions on Financial Awareness.

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October 2019

Financial Awareness Workshops

October 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

Join Metro Credit Union and Bridgewell's Family Support Center for two sessions on Financial Awareness.

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December 2019

The Invisible End of the Spectrum: Older Autistic Adults

December 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

When people hear the word “autism,” they often think of children and teens. Older adults on the spectrum are a very real, but little-understood, group. In this workshop, we will review what we know about this population, including recent findings from an international study of 150 people.

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The Family Support Center has connected me with so many services that I had no idea existed! Today, things are a lot easier for me and Jeremiah! - Leda N.