Family Support Resources
Pathways To Transition Parent & Caregiver Support Group Program
Woodfords’ Pathways to Transition Parent & Caregiver Support Group is a bi-monthly community building group that focuses on the common challenges experienced by parents and caregivers related to the transition to and navigation of early adulthood for older youth with disabilities. This group offers support to a community of caregivers so that they are able to discuss shared experiences, solve problems, and learn about services and transition related resources.
The Pathways to Transition Parent & Caregiver Support Group is hosted by a Senior Behavioral Health Homes Coordinator who specializes in Transition and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Each meeting includes a short presentation about a specific transition topic and gives time for parents and caregivers to have discussions and make connections.
Pathways to Transition Parent & Caregiver Support Group meetings are hosted virtually via Zoom on the third Thursday of every other month.
Eligibility & Referrals
No preregistration is required. The Pathways to Transition Parent & Caregiver Support Group is open to interested parents and caregivers of older youth with disabilities. Please contact Whitney Brown, Senior BHH Care Coordinator for Transition at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the link to the next bi-monthly meeting.
Additional Information & Forms
Sibshops Sibling Support Program
Sibshops are a celebration of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters. Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with disabilities the opportunity to meet other siblings of people with special needs, share common joys and concerns, and learn about the implications of their siblings’ disability-all in a lively, recreational environment. Sibshops are not therapy, group or otherwise, although their effect may be therapeutic for some children. Sibshops acknowledge that most brothers and sisters of people with disabilities, like their parents, are doing well, despite the challenges of an illness or disability. Sibshops are a lively mixture of new games, discussion and activities. Participants should dress comfortably and be ready for action!
Location & Eligibility
Sibshops occur the first Friday of each month between October and June each year from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Each session is held at the Woodfords Training Center (red & gray building) located at 15 Saunders Way, Westbrook, ME 04092. Sibshops are open to any brother or sister of a sibling with special needs ages 7-13.