Parents For Parents Support Group To Meet

Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs, has announced its November meeting dates.

The meetings will be Wednesday at The Resource Center’s administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave., Jamestown, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road, Route 60, Dunkirk. Both meetings run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

At the Jamestown workshop, attendees will learn about the significant impacts that sugary beverages can have on the human body. People will learn about healthier beverage choices and will have the opportunity to taste some of them. Also, Laurie Adams from “Baby and Me Program” will talk about how parents can protect their children from exposure to harmful chemicals.

The Dunkirk workshop is for parents of children and adults who have developmental disabilities and who receive services through the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Workshop attendees will learn about the types of events that are considered “incidents.” Participants will gain a better understanding of why and how incidents are documented, as well as what rights an individual and the family have.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. Meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns. The Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of the month, while the Dunkirk group meets the second Wednesday of the month. Information about supports available to children on the autism spectrum also will be shared at the Dunkirk meeting.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that organizers can have enough materials on hand. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children’s activities and support staff on hand.

For more information, call 661-1490 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176, ext. 265, for the Dunkirk meeting.