Statewide Regional Workshops for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Grandmother and grandson reading

The Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is offering a 3-hour workshop for grandparents and kinship caregivers at various locations across the Commonwealth through May.

Presentations will be on topics important to grandparents raising grandchildren. An information panel will include representatives from DCF, DTA, MassHealth, Elder Services, and more.

Light refreshments will be provided at each morning session. Contact Colleen Pritoni (617-748-2454) to register.

The schedule is:


March 22, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

5 Salem Street, Worcester, MA

Special Guest:  Elisabeth Haddad, The Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.         

Topic:  Internet Safety                


March 31, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Elder Services of Merrimack Valley           

280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA

Special Guest:  The Federation for Children with Special Needs

Topic:  Special Education Services


April 4, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.                   

So. Boston Neighborhood House, 136 H Street, Boston, MA

Special Guests:  Lynn Girton and Ilene Mitchell                                

Topic:  Legal Issues                              


April 12, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton, MA

Special Guest:  Karen MacDonald, AdCare

Topic:  The Disease of Addiction


April 26, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

The Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street, Northampton, MA     

Special Guest:  Deb Dowd-Foley

Topic:  Take Care of the Caregiver              


May 9, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Cape Cod Family Resource Center, 29 Basset Lane, Hyannis, MA

Special Guest:  Ruth Bodian

Topic:  The Impact of Trauma