Massachusetts Sibling Resources

Please note that the MSSN posts information about third-party sibling service providers in good faith. As such, we cannot vouch for the services these providers offer and are not liable for their acts, errors or omissions. We encourage you to contact the providers directly to evaluate the quality of their services and determine if they will be a good match for you and your family.

For a list of Sibshops (recreational peer support groups for young siblings) in Massachusetts, click here.

To join a Facebook group for siblings in their 20s, click here.

Scroll down for a list of sibling services organized geographically in Massachusetts. 

Sibling Services in the Boston area:

Autism Alliance of MetroWest, A Program of Advocates, Inc.
www.autismalliance.org
Phone Number: 508-652-9900
Contact Person: Executive Co-Directors Pam McKillop and Allison Daigle
Services Offered: Each year we provide a Sibshop for up to 12 children ages 5 to 12
Meeting Days and Location: Once a month on Sundays, 2:30 – 4:00pm, October to June, Once the year begins we do not accept new siblings. Morse Institute Library, in Natick.
Age Range of Participants: Children
Type of Disabilities: Autism
Cost: $100 for the year.

Alison R Mayer, LLC
https://childtherapyinboston.com/support-groups/
Phone Number: 781-400-2641
Contact Person: Leigh Skal, LICSW, leigh@childtherapyinboston.com
Services Offered: Monthly support groups for siblings of kids with developmental delays, mental health issues, and medical conditions.
Meeting Days and Location: Monthly on Saturdays, depending on age of sibling 2-3pm
Groups are open ended. 400 Hunnewell Street Suite 6R, Needham, Massachusetts.
Age Range of Participants: K-5th Grade Type of Disabilities: Developmental, mental health, medical
Cost: $75-$100 per group

Community Therapeutic Day School
www.communitytherapeuticdayschool.org
Phone Number: 781-861-7081
Contact Person (s): Olivia von Ferstel, LMHC, SpED or Selene Aguayo-Gisholt, LMHC
ctds1@verizon.net, ovonferstel@communitytherapeuticdayschool.org. sgisholt@communitytherapeuticdayschool.org
Services Offered: Sibling Groups are designed to help an exceptional and often overlooked population of children: Siblings of children with special and/or developmental needs. These siblings are in complex social and psychological circumstances, have needs of their own and require attention and support. Sibling Group brings to light the dynamics and themes inherent in the experience of being a sibling to a child with special needs. The goals of Sibling Groups are to provide a safe and supportive setting in which siblings can explore and discuss their individual experience of having a brother or sister with special needs, while providing the distinctive opportunity for siblings to connect with peers who are in similar circumstances. Siblings will develop skills to better understand their relationship to themselves and to their brother or sister. Siblings will address and work through their complicated feelings while celebrating their joys and successes. Sibling Groups are based in expressive therapies and involve art activities, play and discussion. Fun and imaginative activities give siblings the opportunity to explore and express the dynamics and themes inherent in the experience of being a sibling to a child with special needs. The group leaders establish the structure and focus of the groups in a creative, sensitive and thoughtful manner.Age Range of Participants: Sibling Groups are divided into two different age ranges: 5-8 and 9-12. (A group for teens may be offered at a later date based on need and interest.) Group size accommodates up to eight members and will meet at the same day and time with the same leaders. Consistent participation in all ten groups is required in order to foster group cohesion and for siblings to obtain maximum benefit from the activities involved.
Meeting Days and Location: Each group meets once a month in Lexington, from 4-5:30, September thru June.
Type of Disabilities: Siblings of brothers/sisters will all types of disabilities.
Cost: Each monthly group session is $90. Fees are prepaid for all sessions.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services; Sibshops
jfcsboston.org
Phone Number: 781-697-7232
Contact Person: Angela Waring MS at awaring@jfcsboston.org
Services Offered: A support group for kids grades 8-14 who have a sibling with special needs
Meeting Days and Location: Sundays, 2:00-5:00 p.m, please check the contact Angela Waring to register. Each session will begin and end at: JF&CS Headquarters, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA
Age Range of Participants: 8-14
Type of Disabilities: N/A
Cost: Free

Simply Social Kids
www.simplysocialkids.com
Phone Number: 978-764-2758
Contact Person: Nadine Briggs, Founder, nbriggs@simplysocialkids.com
Services Offered: Sibshops for kids ages 8- teen, sibling support seminars, family consulting
Meeting Days and Location: see website for updated information
Age Range of Participants: Children, Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Type of Disabilities: Programs and seminars are appropriate for all types of disabilities
Cost: Varies – see website or call 978-764-2758 for details

Special Needs Financial Planning, a specialty practice to Division of Shepherd Financial Partners
www.specialneedsplanning.com
Phone Number: 781-756-1804
Contact Person: Alexandria Nadworthy; alex.nadworny@shepherdfinancialpartners.com​
Services Offered: Special Needs Financial Planning Workshops for families include Two Generations, Housing, the ABLE Account, and A Team to Carry On
Meeting Days and Location: Our workshops are found on our website and Facebook page. We meet at Shepherd Financial Partners, 1004 Main Street, Winchester, MA 01890
Age Range of Participants: Children, Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Type of Disabilities: For all disabilities including Autism, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Health, and others.
Cost: Our workshops are offered on a pro-bono basis to help educate families with accurate and current information. We offer complimentary consultations to families to determine how and if we can help in the planning process. We charge a financial planning fee either hourly or on a flat-fee basis based upon the complexity of the family situation. Financial planning and investment advice offered through Shepherd Financial Partners, a registered investment advisor. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Special Needs Financial Planning, Shepherd Financial Partners, and LPL Financial are separate entities.

Additional Information: We are co-authors of the book The Special Needs Planning Guide: How to Prepare for Every Stage of Your Child’s Life (Nadworny/Haddad, Brookes Publishing Co.)

Sibling Services in the Northeast region of Massachusetts:

Communitas
https://communitasma.org/
Phone Number: 781.587.2200
Contact Person: Chenine Peloquin, CTRS, rec@theemarc.org
Services Offered: Teen Sibs Group for ages 14-19. This group may have limited availability, call Chenine Peloquin for more information. Sibshops programs for ages 4-7 and 8-13 every other month. Please contact Laura Wilcox at 781-942-4888 x5034 or LWilcox@theemarc.org to be put on the mailing list for specific dates!
Meeting Days and Location: 4-7 year olds, Saturday, April 14th 9:30-12:00. $15 per child – Contact Christine Lubawski at 781-942-4888 x4021 or CLubawski@theemarc.org; 8-13 year olds: Saturday, March 31st $20 per child – Contact Laura Wilcox at 781-942-4888 x5034 or LWilcox@theemarc.org The Teen Sibs Group meets every other Wednesday at 34 Gould Street, Reading, MA
Age Range of Participants: Children, Teens, Adults
Type of Disabilities: Emarc serves individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Siblings of people with any special needs are welcome to attend.
Cost: Teen Sibs is $10 per week plus occasional special events.

Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc.
www.windrushfarm.org
Phone Number: 978-682-7855
Contact Person: Jenna Turcotte, Program Director, jenna.turcotte@windrushfarm.org
Services Offered: Windrush Farm offers a variety of equine-assisted programs for children and adults with special needs and their families. These services are offered year round in a variety of formats. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information on our current offerings!
Meeting Days and Location: Our lessons run Monday through Friday from about 9 am to 6 pm. They typically are an hour long and meet once a week at a specified time. We do offer some longer programming during vacation weeks and day programs during the summer. 479 Lacy St, North Andover, MA.
Age Range of Participants: Children, Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Type of Disabilities: At Windrush Farm we are able to accommodate many people with a variety of disabilities
Cost: One hour group lessons for therapeutic clients (individuals with a diagnosis) are $45 an hour. One hour group lessons for recreational clients (individuals without a diagnosis) are $60.

Sibling Services in the Southeast region of Massachusetts:

Brockton Area Arc
www.brocktonareaarc.org
Phone Number: 508-583-8030, x224
Contact Person: Kathy Kerwin, Family Support Director, kkerwin@brocktonarc.net
Services Offered: We offer Sibshops for children aged 8 to 12. We also offer parent/sibling workshops.
Meeting Days and Location: Sibshops take place one day during school vacation week, usually a Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm. We are also starting to schedule a monthly group on a Monday from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sibshops take place at the Brockton Area Arc, or at a local Y. Parent workshops take place at the Brockton Area Arc or at another Brockton area venue.
Age Range of Participants: Children, Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Type of Disabilities: Our primary constituency is people with developmental disabilities and autism, and their families.
Cost: Parent workshops are usually free. Sibshops are $10 per child; scholarships are available.

Family Connections of the Nemasket Group
www.nemasketgroup.org
Phone Number: 508-999-4436 x133
Contact Person: Kathleen Amaral, kathleenamaral@nemasketgroup.org
Services Offered: We offer monthly Sibshops. They are for children between 8-12 who have siblings with special needs.
Meeting Days and Location: The first Thursday of each month from 5pm-8pm. 56 Bridge Street Fairhaven, MA 02719
Age Range of Participants: Children
Cost: We require registration and our Sibshops are free events.

The Bridge Center
www.TheBridgeCtr.org
Phone Number: 508-697-7557
Contact Person: Sarah Norris, Snorris@thebridgectr.org, 508-697-7557 ext 20
Services Offered: The Bridge Center is a year-round recreational facility for kids with disabilities and their families. We offer summer and school vacation camps, year round recreational activities including yoga, karate, swimming, and therapeutic equine assisted activities.
Meeting Days and Location: The third or fourth Friday of the month from 4-6pm. Please check the website for more details.
Age Range of Participants: Children ages 8-15 years old
Type of Disabilities: Any and all
Cost: $15 per child per month

Sibling Services in Central region of Massachusetts:

Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts
www.autismresourcecentral.org
Phone Number: 508-835-4278
Contact Person: Sue Loring, Sloring@Hmea.org
Services Offered: Sibshops, Me Time for Lil Sibs, workshops on guardianship and transition.
Meeting Days and Location: Schedule can be found on website. Locations vary to cover geography.
Age Range of Participants: Children, Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Type of Disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cost: Fees vary

South Valley Family Support Center
https://www.sevenhills.org/programs/family-support-centers
128 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone Number: 508.796.1950
Services Offered: Sibshop group for children
Meeting Days and Location: Every other Tuesday from 4:30pm – 6:00pm, 128 Main Street, Sturbridge MA
Age Range of Participants: age 6 – 15
Type of Disabilities: All
Cost: Free

Wayside Family and Youth
www.waysideyouth.org
Phone Number: 508-469-3207 Email: ann.killion@waysideyouth.org
Contact Person: Family Support Specialist, Ann Killion, MS
Services Offered: Group for siblings (ages 6-12) of children/adolescents with behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges. Come have fun at the Sib Club with playing games, doing arts & crafts, having refreshments and just hang out with other kids who have brothers &/or sisters just like you! Pre-registration is required.
Meeting Days and Location: Sib Club is usually run once in the spring and again in the fall. Location is at 88 Lincoln Street, Framingham
Please contact Ann Killion for more information.
Age Range of Participants: Children, ages 6-12
Type of Disabilities: Siblings of brothers/ sisters with emotional/ behavioral challenges and difficulties.
Cost: None

Sibling Services in Western region of Massachusetts:

Family TIES of Massachusetts
www.massfamilyties.org
WRHO
23 Service Center, Northampton MA 01060
Phone: 413-586-7525 x3178
Contact Person: Maggie Wurm, Western Regional Parent Coordinator

Sibling Services throughout Massachusetts:

Sibshops in Massachusetts, The Sibling Support Project
https://www.siblingsupport.org/
Sibling Support Project book list: www.siblingsupport.org/publications

NAMI Mass
www.namimass.org
Phone Number: 1-800-370-9085
Contact Person: Karen MacGreavy-Gajera, Education Director, kgajera@namimass.org
Services Offered, Meeting Days and Location: Nami has support groups across the state for caregivers of people with mental illness. We also offer a 12-week family-to-family (F2F) course for caregivers and potential caregivers in many locations, usually starting Sept-Oct and again Jan-Feb. NAMI Mass has 20-odd affiliate chapters and runs 9-16 F2F classes each Spring and Fall. See http://www.namimass.org/programs/nami-family-support-groups-for-caregivers and http://www.namimass.org/programs/programs-for-parents-of-adult-children
Age Range of Participants: Teens, Young Adults, Adults
Type of Disabilities: Mental Illness, including Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, Bipolar, Major Depression, OCD, Panic and Anxiety disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, and co-occurring substance abuse. Under a memorandum of understanding with the US Veteran’s Association, NAMI has sponsorship to reach out to veterans and their family members for F2F courses.
Cost: All NAMI classes and support groups are free. Membership is voluntary and inexpensive. Sponsorships and donated spaces make it possible to do more classes.