Parents for Parents support group to meet this evening

JAMESTOWN – Parents for Parents, a support group for family members of people with special needs, will hold its next meeting today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Resource Center’s administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave. in Jamestown.

Attorney Jeff Marcus will be on hand to discuss special education issues. This workshop will be beneficial for parents who have children in special education or who believe their children are eligible for special education. Parents who are having disagreements with their school, or parents who have concerns about their child’s special education classification, placement, program or services, are encouraged to attend the workshop and share their experiences with Marcus and the rest of the group.

Parents, caregivers and all who support individuals with special needs are encouraged to attend this workshop. The regular parent support meeting will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The group, directed by a licensed master social worker, connects and supports families of individuals with special needs. The group offers support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. This is 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 each month. There also is a North County parent support group that meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Marcus will be the presenter for the March 13 Dunkirk meeting.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. 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 refreshments and children’s activities on hand.

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