Resources for Families

The BASE Lab will work to continuously update this page with useful resources for parents in the Boston area. 

    Child Assessment and Therapy

    PCIT International: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (for oppositionality/hyperactivity). PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral problems.

    Boston Child Study Center: A treatment center dedicated to improving the lives of children, adolescents and families through evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatments.

    The Baker Center: Providing high quality behavioral health services for children and families.

    Growth in Action: Providing child assessment, therapy, and consultation services in MA. 

      Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology: Free Online Assessment Center. 

       Helping Give Away Psychological Science: Has assembled the best of the free evidence-based psychological assessments to provide a safe, confidential starting point for this discovery and determine if you should connect with a mental health professional. 

        BU Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders: neuropsychological testing (child & adult).

        Boston Children’s Hospital Resources (Accepts Most Insurance)

        For Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

        • Boston Children’s Hospital – Developmental Medicine Center 

        For Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 

        For Autism 

        Parenting Resources

        Boston Child Care Finder: to find child care options within the City of Boston.

        Boston Child Care Financial Assistance: for information about qualifying for a voucher to assist with child care payments, email – or call 617-542-5437  

        One Tough Job: a Children’s Trust Program for parenting information and resources. 

        Children’s Trust: Parent Support Groups in MA.

        Federation for Children with Special Needs: Parental Support and Resources.  

        General Family Resources

        Community Resource Connects finds resources in your area for mental health counseling, child care, early intervention and developmental support, parenting education, housing and utilities, food, medical care, employment support.

        Parenting Resources from the Department of Education includes information about early childhood education, special education, homework tips, reading resources, paying for college, and more.

        Children’s Hospital Boston Family Resource Guide is intended to provide families with information to gather support, service options, educational materials such as fact sheets on pediatric mental health, and other agencies that may provide support with navigating the Massachusetts mental health system. is a not-for-profit organization providing FREE child development information to empower parents and health professionals.

        Community Organizations

        Boston Area Family Resource Center helps connect families with community resources such as housing support, education, advocacy, utility assistance, legal help, summer camps, sports leagues, and more (617) 469-8501

        Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) provides tools and resources for families to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success (617) 357-6000

        Boston Centers for Youth and Families support youth and families through a wide range of programs and services such as summer camps, affordable childcare, adult education and more (617) 635-4920

        Ensuring Stability through Action in our Community provides foreclosure help and assistance (617) 524-2555

        Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership offers homeless prevention and a rapid re-housing program (617) 859-0400

        Greater Boston Legal Services provides free legal assistance and representation on civil matters (617) 371-1234

        Free Dental and Community Clinics: 

        North End Community Health Center (617) 643 – 8000

        Boston Health Care for the Homeless (857) 654 – 1000

        CHA East Cambridge Health Center, Gore Street (617) 665 – 3000

        South End Community Health Center (617) 425 – 2000

        Harbor Family Health Center (617) 269 – 0312


        National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

        Parental Stress Hotline: 800-632-8188

        United Way Crisis Help Line: 800-233-4357

        Samaritans Statewide Helpline: 1-877-870-4673

        SafeLink: 1-877-785-2020

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