C.A.R.E.S. meetings allow for families to make connections and form relationships with other families and support that can last a lifetime. People who attend often find others that are in a similar situation as their own. Members of a meeting may share their personal experiences and offer one another emotional comfort and moral support. C.A.R.E.S. provides practical advice and tips to help families cope with the challenges and joys of being a resource family. In-person meetings typically have onsite child care which allows kids to interact with other kids who are experiencing similar life events. Youth benefit from knowing that they are not alone and that others are experiencing similar situations. This opportunity is a great resource for the whole family and provides many other benefits including but not limited to:
- Opportunity to create your own supportive community.
- Gaining a sense of empowerment and control.
- Improving your coping skills and sense of adjustment.
- Talk openly and honestly about your feelings in a non-judgemental environment.
- Reduce stress, fatigue, or a sense of isolation.
- Receive practical advice or information about additional support options.
- Opportunities to receive training and re-licensing hours.
*If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of a C.A.R.E.S. meeting, how to become involved, or would like more information on starting a support group in your area, please call AFFM at 1-800-833-9786 or email email@example.com. Below you will find a state-wide listing of meetings.*