Fall 2017 Regional Workshops for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandparent reading with his grandchild

The Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren invites grandparents and kinship caregivers to attend any of the following regional workshops throughout Massachusetts.  The workshops are three hours long and will include a guest speaker at each workshop who will cover topics important to relative caregivers.  Presentations will be followed by an information panel which includes representatives from agencies who work with grandparents raising grandchildren such as DTA, DCF, MassHealth, WIC, Elder Services, and more.


North Adams  9/19/17  5:00-7:30 p.m.                      Springfield 9/26/17  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location:  The Family Place                                                       Location:  The Springfield Family Resource Center

61 Main Street    North Adams, Ma.                                            18 Gaucher Street  Springfield, Ma.  

Guest Speaker:  Julie Couture, Hospice Care                              Guest Speaker:  The Federation for Children with        

of the Berkshires                                                                             Special Needs

Topic:  Grief and Loss for Kinship Families                                  Topic:  How to Access Special Education Services


Melrose 10/16/17  9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.                        Fall River  10/24/17  5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location:  Melrose Wakefield Hospital                                        Location:  Fall River YMCA

585 Lebanon Street  Melrose, Ma.                                              199 N Main Street  Fall River, Ma.

Guest Speaker:  District Attorney Marian Ryan                            Guest Speaker:  TBD

Topic:  The Impact of the Opioid Crisis on Seniors                      Topic:  How Trauma Impacts Learning


Jamaica Plain  11/2/17  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.               Plymouth  11/14/17  5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Location:  The Julia Martin House                                               Location:  The Plymouth Public Library

90 Bickford Street  Jamaica Plain, Ma.                                       132 South Street  Plymouth, Ma. 

Guest Speaker:  TBD                                                                 Guest Speaker:  TBD

Topic:  Internet Safety/Cyberbullying                                          Topic:  The Disease of Addiction