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Updates from Family TIES of Massachusetts

After a busy summer, the staff at Family TIES of Massachusetts is springing right into Fall. Currently, we are reviewing the Family TIES mission statement, clarifying our goals, and assessing ways in which the services we provide meet the needs of the community. We plan to expand current offerings to include presentations on Medical Home and transition from pediatric to adult health care. We have given our informational brochure a modern new look, and the MOST exciting news is that plans are underway to give massfamilyties.org a much-needed make-over! The redesign will roll out in 2018. It will include several searchable databases; for resources, support groups, and the Central Directory for Early Intervention Programs.

Although change can sometimes be scary, these changes are all about improvement: improving the look and feel of our web presence and promotional materials, the diversity of our offerings, and finally, the way we connect with families. We remain committed to strengthening families by providing information about resources, Early Intervention, community programs, and support groups, providing one-to-one emotional support via The Parent-to-Parent Program, and offering skill building workshops and presentations. And of course we will continue to publish our annual Resource Directory (aka “the Pink Book”). We look forward to unveiling these improvements over the coming year, and hope you share our enthusiasm!

Family TIES is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, in collaboration with and funded by the MA Department of Public Health (DPH).