Resource Round Up

From Meg Quirke, MPS Family Resource Coordinator

Caregiver Café Kick off!

Please join us on March 31st at the Y in Middleborough!

Children can participate in the Kids Nigh Out FUN from 6 to 8pm while Caregivers enjoy a meal with the FRC. In order to participate in the FREE Kids Nigh Out, parents must remain on site.

Families may register and attend for FREE (For Both Y Members and Non Members).

***Dinner is for the Caregivers, Please plan accordingly for your child.

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Care Solace Comes to Middleborough!

**We are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families to create a safe and healthy learning environment. In support of our ongoing commitment, we partnered with Care Solace to provide an additional layer of care for our community.

  • Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance-use treatment centers. Their Care Companion™ team is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year to quickly connect you to carefully verified providers in your community.

  • Students, staff, and families may access Care Solace services in three ways:
  • Call (888) 515-0595 at any time. Support is available in 200+ languages. A dedicated Care Companion™ will help you every step of the way to research options, secure appointments, and follow up to make sure it is a good fit.
  • For an anonymous search, answer a few questions to get matched with an extensive list of care providers at
  • You may also choose to have someone from the school (school counselor, school psychologist, or administrator) to assist with the referral process. Please complete, sign and return this consent form to your child's school.

Care Solace is now available for use at no cost to you. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.

Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory to use. Care Solace is not an emergency response service or mental health services provider. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1, the Behavioral Help Line: 833-773-2445 or the National Suicide Hotline 9-8-8.

If you are interested in counseling-related services for your child, yourself, or another family member, please contact Care Solace for valuable assistance. This is a complimentary resource provided by Middleborough Public Schools.

**Posted from the MPS district website-

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Plymouth Family Resource Center Calendar for March includes...

Nurturing Families
Girl on Fire
Wednesday Warriors
Active Parenting
Teen Talk

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group on Saturday March 4th @9am

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Playgroup on Saturday March 18th @9am

FREE FAMILY MARKET 10am - 1pm on the 10th

FREE FAMILY MINI MARKET (FOOD ONLY!) 10-11:30am on the 24th

To register for any of the following groups:

call 774-283-6531



"The PFRC is excited to announce the restart of our Grandparents Raising Grandchildren's group! This group will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 9-10am. The 1st Saturday will be a Grandparents support group with child care available and the 3rd Saturday will be a Grandparents playgroup where caregivers can spend time bonding and having fun in a supportive place with fun activities planned monthly. To register or questions, please call 774-283-6531 or email"
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Message from Effective Effort Consulting:

Are you looking to get some help in the home to help your child develop their academic and executive function skills and grow in their independence, confidence, and self-efficacy?

Each workshop is 45 minutes with 15 minutes of Q&A. ​

The Second Wednesday of each month.

6:30 - 7:30 PM EST

Sign up HERE-

Beginning in May 2023..

The following Information is from the Children's Trust Website. To learn more visit the website HERE.

Join us each month for a FREE webinar training series with experts in the fields of family support and parent education. Back by popular demand, this year's Family Support Fridays webinar series will host seven (7) sessions with topics including:

Understanding Gender Identity: A Strengths-Based Approach to Supporting Transgender Youth and their Families

Redefining Self-Care for the Families of Today

Brains, Behavior & Big Feelings: How to Keep Your Cool When Kids Are Struggling

Putting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Practice

Developing Your Skills and Comfort in Addressing Conflict

Back to Basics: Parenting in the Modern World

Engaging and Assessing Families to Improve Outcomes: Protective Factors Survey and More

Last year's Family Support Friday training series was a huge success with over 600 unique registrants with several attending more than one session. Register now to join hundreds of others discussing the latest and greatest in family support.

Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Statewide Support and Resources

If you are interested in joining a virtual support group for grandparents raising grandchildren in Massachusetts, please contact the Commission to be added to the e-mail list HERE.

***January 2023 – June 2023 Calendar***

Schedule for Monday Night Support Group Meetings 2023:

*All meetings begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted





Schedule for Tuesday Morning Support Group Meetings 2023:

*All meetings begin at 9:30 am unless otherwise noted

*2/28/23 and 3/28/23

will be a virtual workshop in lieu of support group meeting




Spring Gathering Grandparents Luncheon-April 22

Grandparents will have the opportunity to connect with other grandparents and to hear our speaker for the morning Shannon Souza CCC-SLP. The topic: What is Executive Function and Why is it so Important in Understanding Autism.

After the presentation we will have a delicious buffet luncheon, with time to meet and chat with our speaker. This event is FREE to grandparents who live in our service region OR whose grandchild lives in our service region. For those outside our service region the cost is $28 PP.

Topic description: Executive function skills are an integral part of everyday life. Whether task initiation, organization, working memory, or flexible thinking, these skills help to guide our actions. Developing these skills takes practice and patience. Executive function skills are often challenging for neurodiverse individuals. Having a stronger understanding of what these skills are and how they impact behavior will help us to better support the neurodiverse individuals whom we love.

Topics covered include:

  • What is executive function?
  • Which skills fall under the umbrella of executive function?
  • How does executive function impact behavior?
  • How can I support someone developing and improving their executive function skills?

Register here.

Questions contact or 508-379-0371 ext 16

Speaker Bio: Shannon Sousa, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP is a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology professional. She is the Director of Assistive Technology at Community Autism Resources and teaches life skills through the Gottschall Access Program. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wheaton College, Master of Science in Speech Language-Pathology from the University of Rhode Island, and Certification in Assistive Technology from the University of New Hampshire.
Shannon enjoys helping individuals of all ages learn new skills and explore assistive technology supports. She aims to find creative ways to motivate individuals by incorporating interests into sessions. In her free time, she enjoys listening to musicals, crafting, and playing with her dog, Ripley.


Meg Quirke, Family Resource Coordinator

My goal is to engage and serve the families of Middleborough who want to become informed about local resources and connected with providers.

I work to establish and maintain relationships with community partners in order to share accurate information about the services available to MPS families.

If interested in learning more, don't hesitate to call or send an email.