Success Story: The Fall River Family Resource Center Helps a Grandmother Reunite with her Grandchildren

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A grandmother came to the FRC after she found the FRC information online. She sought help looking for resources to assist with obtaining guardianship of her three grandchildren and moving them from an out-of-state foster care system to Massachusetts to live with her due to a parental termination of rights situation.

The FRC provided assistance with phone calls, emails, and completing paperwork related to having her grandchildren move to the state. She also received information on the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) support group held at the FRC and referrals for mental health services for all the children. We also helped with: MassHealth questions/applications; navigating the school system and special education services; navigating the foster care system; and clothing. She learned about family activities held at the FRC and scholarships for the children to participate in recreational activities at Greater Fall River RE-Creation.

The grandchildren are now living in Massachusetts with her, and all are adjusting and doing well. They attend school and are engaged in clinical services to address trauma and transitions. The grandmother participates in our GRG group, and the family continues to join in activities provided by the Family Resource Center, and seeks support as needed.