Families aren’t 'one size fits all' and nor is the support plan for caring for a loved one with a disability. Advocates takes this to heart when we partner with you to create a unique set of services that fits your family and your loved one’s needs. A strong, actively involved family is perhaps the most important element in helping individuals with disabilities lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives, and we are here to support you.
All family members are considered in our comprehensive services. We offer direct supports for your loved one – including day and employment supports, residential options, and counseling and crisis intervention – as well as programs and resources for you, the caregiver, and other members of your family.
When families are faced with the often daunting task of putting in place support services and planning for the future, our support navigators provide consultation to help you develop your vision, set goals, and access resources.
Adult Family Care (AFC)
This flexible program provides financial support, training, and case management for families caring for an older family member or a loved one with a disability at home. Learn more.
For older adults struggling with issues related to aging, such as isolation, depression, bereavement, and addiction, we offer specialized outpatient supports including screening, counseling, and phone support. We also provide seminars and support groups specifically for caregivers. Learn more.
Family Support Centers
Our three family support centers provide information, recreation, trainings, and resources for the whole family.
- The Autism Alliance of MetroWest
- Project Able (serving Chinese and Vietnamese families)
- South Coastal Family Support Center
Gaspari Fund for Families
This unique program initiated and managed by our family advisory group, The Advocates Family Alliance, provides grants to families caring for a loved one with a disability at home. The Gaspari Fund offers one grant cycle per year, usually in September. To learn more, contact us at (508) 628-6801 or FamilyServices@Advocates.org . If you would like to support the Gaspari Fund, make a donation today.
Recreation and Social Supports
We host fun and affordable events every month for you and your loved one to enjoy together, such as bingo, nature walks, and dance parties. Some of our events may be appropriate for your loved one to attend independently. View events calendar.
Our monthly workshops and trainings are tailored to caregivers and their families. We also work in partnership with Massachusetts Family Organizing for Change, to host their monthly Full Life Ahead workshop series to help families prepare for the critical transition to adult services. View events calendar.
Connect with a Support Navigator
Need help putting support services in place for your loved one or planning for a life transition? Our support navigators can help you develop your vision for the future, access resources, and prepare for the next stage in your loved one’s life. Contact us today at (508) 628-6801 or FamilyServices@Advocates.org.
Caregiver Friendly Community
Together, Advocates and the Autism Alliance of MetroWest partner with businesses and individuals to create a welcoming and accessible community for families and their loved ones with autism. We’re making things easier for families by helping businesses become sensitivity responsive and by making respite workers accessible in the Caregiver Corps. Learn more.