FCSN // Newsletter // 2017 // Fall 2017 // Care for the Caregiver

Care for the Caregiver

By Laura Noble, Project Director, Family TIES of Massachusetts

Family TIES logoFamily TIES of Massachusetts is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, in collaboration with and funded by the Department of Public Health. We are a statewide information, referral, and parent-to-parent matching program for families and professionals caring for children with special health needs, chronic illness, or disability.

In today’s fast-paced world, all parents struggle to meet the needs of their families while balancing their own personal needs. We have all heard about the importance of taking care of ourselves so we can care for our families. It is critical for good health and quality of life.

If you are the parent of a child with special health needs (CSHN), you may think it is impossible to find time to take care of yourself. Family TIES receives many calls from parents of children with complex medical needs who are stressed out or burned out! Our Regional Coordinators make every effort to find resources and supports that will enhance the quality of life for CSHNs and their families. While this is an important part of our work, we are also committed to providing emotional support. The staff members at Family TIES are all parents of children with complex medical needs or disability, and many callers find comfort in sharing their stories with our staff. Sometimes, this is just enough to help a parent or family member get through a rough period.

For parents who need more assistance, Family TIES offers the Parent-to-Parent Program (P2P). Through the P2P Program, a parent needing emotional support or information can speak with another parent who has a child with a similar diagnosis or life situation.

Call us today!

Family TIES of Massachusetts: 1-800-905-TIES