Family Services

familyFamily Services strives to provide parents with the latest information and state of the art strategies to assist in the care and facilitate the development of their children. By fostering the consistency of teaching strategies and interventions across all environments, opportunities for learning are expanded and both parents and professionals benefit from the mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise.

The Family Services Department also assists families in need of additional services, including medical services, housing, food, in-home support, and more. This assistance can reduce family stress, and increases the family’s ability to cope with the many challenges they face.

Range of Family Services

The Center's Family Services Department provides a wide array of services by a team of professionals including Behavioral Specialists, Clinical Social Workers, and Educators. The following services are offered:

  • Family support groups
  • Diagnostic and program planning meetings
  • Newsletters
  • Home visits and home program development
  • Center visits for observation and training
  • Parent education
  • Respite Services
  • Family Library

Referral Process

A family may be referred to the Family Services Program by Groden Center staff or by inquiring on their own. Families are welcome to visit our schools to discuss needed services and meet with Family Services staff.

For families not directly connected to The Groden Center, state and local agencies and families can also make referrals directly to the Center's or The Family Services departments.

When referral information including recent records are received, a meeting will be scheduled with the family and other interested agencies to determine the service needs of the family.

Network Parents & Friends Association

The Groden Network Parents & Friends Association or “PFA”, is an organization comprised of family members and other friends of the Network. The group meets monthly, usually on the 3rd Monday of the month. The group focuses on providing support and information in a social atmosphere. Topics presented have included communication, stress management, transition and adult services and SSI.

The PFA is also actively involved in fundraising efforts, with the proceeds directly allocated to enhancing the programs of the Groden Network.


• The Autism Project -
• Autism Society -  (Autism Society RI -
• Social Sparks -
• National Autism Association -
• RI Parent Information Network -
• Skills in Motion -
• Momentum -
• Bradley Hospital -