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Website and forum detailing adaptive snowsports and other adaptive recreation activities at major ski areas in New Hampshire and Vermont.
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Windsurfing, outrigger canoeing, surfing, water-skiing, sailing, and more for adults and children with disabilities.

The Adoption Community of New England
(508) 366-6812

Support groups for waiting parents, birth families and adopted persons.

ARC of Greater Plymouth
(508) 732-9292

Support programs for children and adults with cognitive or related developmental disabilities and their families. Information and referral, respite care, social/recreational programs, community outreach and resources. Serving Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plympton, Plymouth and Carver.

The Arc of Massachusetts
(781) 891-6270

Support programs for children and adults with cognitive or developmental disabilities and their families. Information/referral, respite care, recreational programs, community outreach and more.
Aspergers Association of New England
(617) 393-3824

Phone consultation and service referrals, support groups for parents, seminars, conferences and workshops for educators.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
(877) 2-ASTHMA

Support groups and resources for families coping with asthma and allergies.

Attention Deficit Information Network
(508) 746-3959
Nonprofit all-volunteer organization offering support and information to families of children with ADD, adults with ADD and professionals through a network of AD-IN chapters.

(617) 943-2452
BANDS (Braintree Autism Network for our Daughters and Sons) is a confidential group of parents and guardians with children who have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attend Braintree schools. Support and networking.

Best Buddies
(866) 332-8339

Opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Children's Bereavement Support Group
(508) 746-0215

Via Cranberry Hospice. For children 6-12 years.
Community Autism Resources
(508) 379-0371
Clinics, fun groups, field trips, events and more.

Early Intervention
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Programs for children, birth - 3, with or at risk for developmental delays.
Families First
(617) 868-7687
Helping to builds positive relationships between parents and their children by educating families and professionals through inspiring, hands-on workshops.

Families for Ukrainian Adoption
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Support network for families with, or planning to adopt, children from countries of the former Soviet Union. Support network, cultural and ethnic events, newsletter and lecture series.

Families With Diabetes
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Support groups for families with children who have Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.

Family Network Programs
(781) 340-6098
*Also offered via Hull Family Network (781) 925-0771 x 16, Quincy Family Network (617) 479-8181 x 168 and North River Collaborative Family Network, Rockland (781) 681-9736. Programs for families with children under four. Playgroups, support groups, parent education, recreational activities, etc.

Family TIES
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Information and parent-to-parent support for families of children with
special needs and chronic illness.

Fathers and Families
(617) 542-9300

Advocates for the right of every child to have two active parents in their lives.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
(800) 331-0688

Parent to parent support and advocacy training for families with children with special education and special healthcare needs.
First Call for Help (United Way of Mass Bay)
(800) 231-4377
Telephone counselors locate resources and advocate with other agencies on callers behalf. Information on support groups, employment, housing, fuel assistance and more.
Fuel Assistance Program
(508) 746-6707

      All Towns
Provides qualifying low-income households with help in paying heating bills.

Health Helpline
(800) 272-4232

Helpline answers questions about the health care system and provides information and referrals to appropriate resources.

Holistic Moms Network
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      All Towns
Welcoming all area parents with an interest in holistic health and green living.

InSight Education Center
(781) 294-8004
Workshops, consultations and coaching regarding development and behavior management of children from birth to age 20.
Insure Kids Now
(877) KIDS-NOW

US Health and Human Services program to link children to low-cost or free health insurance.
Jewish Family and Children's Services
(781) 647-5327

A non-denominational charity which offers a comprehensive group of programs designed to strengthen families and support individuals through challenging times.

Judge Baker Children's Center Child-At-Risk Hotline
(617) 232-4882
For reporting suspected child abuse or neglect in Massachusetts. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Keeping Pace with Multiple Miracles
(508) 559-0040

Support meetings, newsletter, social activities, reasonably-priced resale boutique and networking for all families with, or expecting, multiples.
Mamas Move
(781) 616-6244
Workshops include HypnoBirthing, breastfeeding basics, happiest baby on the block, preparing for twins or multiples, infant/child CPR and infant massage.

Massachusetts Adoption Resource
(800) 882-1176
Provides extensive resources, programs and services related to foster care adoption.

Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation
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Services for children under age 18 with mental retardation or developmental disorders. Services include family support, service coordination, integrated after school programs, respite and summer camps.
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
(800) 664-MDSC

Support groups, social events, information clearinghouse and "parents first call" program.
Massachusetts Easter Seals
(800) 922-8290

For adults and children with disabilities. Assistive technology assessment and training, mini equipment loan program, summer camp and youth leadership program.

(800) 841-2900

MassHealth Family Assistance offers coverage to eligible children, some working adults, and people who are HIV positive who cannot get MassHealth Standard or MassHealth CommonHealth.
Mothers of Twins Club
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Providing educational, social and emotional support to mothers and expectant mothers of multiples with groups statewide. Members meet monthly to discuss the unique challenges of parenting multiples and to hear speakers on a variety of parenting topics. 

MV Pediatrics
(617) 745-0050

Parent Information Network support groups
(508) 947-8779
      All Towns

Parent Professional Advocacy League
(617) 542-7860

Statewide organization dedicated to helping families with children who have mental illness.

Parent to Parent Program
(617) 689-8352
Newborn home visiting program.
Parental Stress Line
(800) 632-8188
24-hour hot line staffed by trained volunteer telephone counselors who care and are concerned about the preservation of families.
Parents Helping Parents
(800) 632-8188

Offering a statewide network of support groups for parents or other adult caretakers who are isolated, overwhelmed or afraid of their anger toward their children. 24-hour support phone line.
Project Bread Food Source Hotline
(800) 645-8333

Statewide information and referral service for people facing hunger.

Quincy Mothers' Cooperative
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Providing a network of support through a variety of activities, social events and an an active online group at we celebrate the joys and tackle the challenges of parenthood.

Seaside Mothers of Multiples
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Evening meetings to share experiences, ideas and friendships.
Second Nature Social Skills
[5+]... (508) 747-2663


Social skills for children with Autism.

Self Help, Inc.
(508) 587-1716

      S.E. MA
Offering multiple programs including lead abatement, Head Start, fuel assistance and parenting programs.

South Bay Early Intervention
(508) 559-0473

Brockton. *Also located in Swansea, Lowell and Worcester. Evaluations, toddler groups, home visits, parent support and speech, physical and occupational therapy. Click ad for full-size version.
South Bay Early Intervention
South Shore Hospital Support Groups and Classes
(781) 340-8000
Support groups: Depression after delivery, New mom, Breastfeeding, Pregnancy loss, Bereavement (adults and children). Classes: Preparing for twins, triplets, and more, Breastfeeding, Childbirth refresher, Infant massage, Boot camp for new dads, New sibling class, New infant care and safety, Children's car seat safety, Pediatric CPR and more.
Special Olympics
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Sports programs for those with intellectual disabilities.

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SPEDWatch is a community of concerned citizens: a grassroots, nonprofit, social change movement working to eliminate the root causes of educational neglect of students with disabilities, ages 3-21.
United Cerebral Palsey
(617) 926-5480

Providing an array of programs and services to children and adults with cerebral palsy and their families. Information and referral to state and local resources, summer camp scholarships and financial assistance programs for items of necessity related to home and community adaptation.

WIC - Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program
(800) WIC-1007
WIC is a nutrition program that provides FREE healthy foods, nutrition education and breastfeeding support to families who qualify. You must live in MA, have a child under 5 or be pregnant or breastfeeding, have a nutrition risk (WIC staff can help with this) and be income eligible. A family of 4 can make up to $41,000 to qualify.

WIC - Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program

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