Family Support

The FAMILY CONNECTIONS project is designed to listen and respond to the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families so that all people with disabilities, young and old, have equal opportunity to live, work and develop relationships in their communities.   Family Support Advocates work in partnership with family members and individuals recognizing and supporting their strengths and respecting their privacy.

What services does the FAMILY CONNECTIONS project offer?

  • Information and referral to a variety of community and statewide resources (e.g. medical, legal, financial, educational, vocational and leisure activities).
  • Educational planning and support.
  • Community and systems advocacy.
  • In-home assistance or consultation to provide support and information to the family or the individual who has a disability to develop and expand strengths and abilities.


  • Workshops and training
  • Support groups
  • Parent to parent networking
  • Limited financial assistance

How is support provided?

  • Support is provided in an individualized and personal way, building on strengths, respecting cultural diversity, values and unique life styles.
  • Staff work in partnership to creatively find, access or provide the support and services that families and individuals want and need most.
  • Any family member can call us directly or ask to be referred by an agency.

Who is eligible for services through the FAMILY CONNECTIONS project?

  • The child or adult must meet the eligibility criteria for the Department of Developmental Services.

Support is offered on an “as needed” basis, according to requests, at no cost.

Please contact Sandra Heller for more information.

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Serving families in: New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Wareham, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett, and Gosnold

For “urgent matters” families can call our on-call emergency cell phone:

Creating a network of family support for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families