Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Spring Workshops

Grandmother and granddaughter looking at a laptop

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren invites you to attend any of these six community workshops for grandparents raising grandchildren, kinship caregivers, and providers throughout Massachusetts. These three hour workshops will include a presentation from a guest speaker who will cover various topics such as grief and loss, internet safety, the disease of addiction, suicide prevention, how to access special education services, and the effects of domestic violence on children.  Presentations will be followed by an information panel with representatives from agencies that work with these families such as DTA, DCF, Masshealth, WIC, and Elder Services. 

Please register for each event with Colleen Pritoni at Child care will be available for those workshops marked with an *; please contact Colleen to arrange for that.

March 6, 2018
9:30 am-12:30 pm
The Hitchcock Free Academy
2 Brookfield Rd.
Broomfield, MA

Guest Speaker:  The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Topic:  How to Access Special Education Services

Quincy *
March 29, 2018
5:30-8:00 pm
The Quincy Family Resource Center
1120 Hancock Street First Floor
Quincy, MA

Guest Speaker:  Karen MacDonald, AdCare
Topic:  The Disease of Addiction

Haverhill *
April 4, 2018
The Haverhill YMCA
81 Winter Street
Haverhill, MA

Guest Speaker:  Brooke Kimbro, The Jeanne Geiger Center
Topic:  The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

April 30, 2018
5:30-8:00 pm
The Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell AvenuePittsfield, MA

Guest Speaker: The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Topic:  Talk Saves Lives

Athol * 
May 24, 2018
9:30-12:30 pmAthol Senior Center
82 Freedom Street
Athol, MA

Guest Speaker: Laurie Loisel, Northwestern County District Attorney's Office
Topic: Cybersafety

Sandwich *
May 30, 2018
5:30 pm-8:00 pm
Sandwich YMCA
Camp Lyndon
117 Stowe Road
Sandwich, MA

Guest Speaker: Kathleen McAleer, Jordan Hospital
Topic: Grief and Loss for Children