Advocacy & Family Support
Advocacy + Family Support Services
Berkshire County Arc’s Advocacy and Family Support services are designed to support children and adults living in the community with their families.
Central and South County
Berkshire County Arc supports two
Self-Advocate groups. They meet monthly,
host special events and discuss issues
of concern to them, i.e. accessibility,
safety, human rights and diversity.
Central and Southern Berkshire County Family Support Center
Funded by the Department of Developmental Services
Parent & Family Mentoring
Parent networking and mentoring,
facilitated support groups and
parent-directed events and activities.
Information and Referral
Assistance to families in identifying
resources and service options in the
local community and providing guidance
on how to navigate the service system.
“Our son loves going to Respite House. Respite House has been a lifesaver for our family. It gives us a much-needed break from the routine care for our son.”
Respite services are funded by the Department of Developmental Services and donations.
Educational events and trainings on relevant topics of interest across the lifespan for families.
Social and Recreational Events
Spring Break Camp and other recreational events for families throughout the year.
Support for families who require intensive temporary or ongoing assistance to address specific areas of need.
A growing library of resources on a range of relevant topics to meet families’ needs.
Training and consultation with trained family advocates to help parents become stronger advocates for their child.
Family Support Groups:
- Autism Family Group
- Down Syndrome Family Group
- South County Family Group
For more information about any of these services, contact:
Amy Robandt, LCSW, Director of Family Services at 413-464-7262, ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org