Adult Family Care
Help is here for you.
When the best choice for adults with disabilities is to live at home, their families and caregivers need more support. CLASS-designed programs support you and help you and your loved ones succeed.
You choose to keep your loved ones at home because you want your family together, their personal needs can be met, their interests and personal choices can be supported, and they are happily engaged with their community.
Now What About You?
Caring for an at-home adult is hard work and the financial burden can be intimidating. The CLASS Adult Family/Foster Care (AFC) program gives you clinical and financial assistance to help you care for your loved one with developmental disabilities at home. A qualified caregiver will teach you how to manage everyday challenges – such as personal care, meals and supervision – to give you more time to enjoy the everyday triumphs.
How to join the AFC Program
Find out if you are eligible and receive more information about the AFC program by contacting:
Ana De La Cruz, AFC Program Manager, 978-975-8587, ext. 1273.
AFC nonbiological match is all about family
Facing an emptying nest, professional caregiver Priscilla Roberts had been looking around for a new job when it occurred to her to provide a home to someone who needed one.
“I decided to become a caregiver in my family setting,” she says. “My goal is to make a person feel like part of a family.”
After she applied to CLASS Adult Family Care and was approved, CLASS arranged for her to meet Thomas, then 24 and living on the South Shore.
“We spent an hour talking,” Priscilla says. “We decided we wanted to move ahead and we wanted to move quickly.”
Thomas moved into Priscilla’s home at the end of February 2015.
“He came the day we were celebrating my birthday, which is Valentine’s Day,” Priscilla says. “So Thomas was part of our family reunion.
“This is not work; it’s not a job,” she adds. “I introduce Thomas as part of my family.”
CLASS's multidisciplinary team supports you with:
When you donate
Your donations to the CLASS AFC program help us to match caregivers to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to both family and non-biological candidates, and usher those relationships to success with services and supports. Consider donating to CLASS AFC to help us strengthen those bonds and keep families intact.
Caregiver Support Group
Caring for a person who depends on you is important – and demanding. Take some time for yourself and get together with other caregivers, talk about what you do.
You'll feel better for it.
Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital
76 Summer Street
Haverhill, MA 01830
Contact Diane Beaupre: firstname.lastname@example.org
Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley