Raising children impacted by substance abuse

Resources are available for caregivers of children affected by opioid addiction

GREENFIELD (WWLP) – One organization is providing resources for the families of those affected by the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.

Substance abuse not only affects addicts, but their children as well. That’s why The Commission on the Status of Grandparents teamed up with the Attorney General’s Office to hold an information session in Greenfield on Monday.

When a parent decides to enter rehab for addiction, children are often taken into their grandparent’s custody. Each session includes a forum for kinship givers to share their experiences and provides caregivers with an opportunity to connect with local resources.

Commissioner Skip Stuck told 22News why giving children support is so important to their well being; “I think finding a way to provide safe and stable homes for children in a time of crisis when they have a lot of issues and their parents are unable to care for them is huge.”

Stuck also reaffirmed that substance abuse is no longer a problem that only affects cities. He said rural areas and small communities are impacted as well and that is why the crisis cannot be ignored.

There will be more sessions throughout the state in the coming weeks, including:

  • Middlesex Community College, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA on October 25th
  • UMass Dartmouth School of Law, 333 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA on November 2nd
  • Bourne Senior Center, 239 Main Street, Bourne, MA on November 9th
  • Grove Hall Community Center, 51 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA, on November 15th

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