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Children, Youth, and Families

Family Resource Centers

The Family Resource Centers (FRCs) of Massachusetts is a statewide network providing community-based, multicultural parenting programs, support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for families whose children range in age from birth to 18. Supported through funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, a Family Resource Center is located in each of the 14 Massachusetts counties.

The goal of each FRC is to provide information and assistance to families needing access to health, safety, employment training, education and peer support. Through the work of the FRCs families can focus on strengthening their bonds, connecting to others, and engaging in their communities. The core values of the FRCs include: respect, trust, safety, wellness, caring,

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Adoption

Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring
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Cambridge Family and Children’s Services
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MARE – Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
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Autism Resources

National Autism Center at May Institute
A nonprofit organization dedicated to disseminating evidence-based information about the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive and reliable resources for families, practitioners, and communities.
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Sesame Street and Autism
“Seeing Amazing in All Children,” an initiative aimed at children ages 2-5, serving as a guide for families, and providing a narrative around autism for families and kids.
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CDC Autism Links and Resources
Provides resources for families, healthcare providers, adults, researchers, etc.
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Operation Autism
A resource guide for military families including: warning signs, transitions, and education.
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DO IT Accommodation Resources
A guide for Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger Syndrome.
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Indiana Resource Center for Autism
Teaching tips for adults and children with autism.
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Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Autism
A guide to prepare for your child’s future.
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Child Welfare

Office of the Child Advocate
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Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
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Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance
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Find a Family Resource Center in your area
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Find a Parent Support Group in your area
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Kinship Navigator
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Disaster Distress Hotline

Disaster Distress Hotline
A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call or text 1-800-985-5990 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
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Foster Care

Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Foster Care Support Services
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Family Resources Center

Family Resources Center
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Mental Health

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
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Suicide Prevention
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Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative
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Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resource and Services: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals
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NAMI Mass Compass: Your Guide to Mental Health Resources
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Handhold
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Substance Abuse

MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
Oversees the substance abuse and gambling prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth
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Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline
Or call 800.327.5050
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Central Intake and Care Coordination
617.661.3991 or 866.705.2807 for free and confidential help finding the right youth services program
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ProjectKnow, Understanding Addiction
Ready to talk about addiction treatment options? Call 1.800.928.9139
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Massachusetts Rehab Centers
Looking for a great rehab center in Massachusetts for yourself or someone you love? Call 1.888.716.9806
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Massachusetts Youth & Young Adult Services
Addresses substance abuse issues among youth and young adults
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Guide for Parents
Substance abuse guide for parents, call 1.800.327.5050 (tty: 1.800.439.2370)
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Resources for Teens and Youth Adults
Substance abuse and addiction resources for teens and young adults, call 1-844-500-2558
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