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New Family Socials

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New Family Socials 2020

New Parent Coffee

In 2012, the MDSC launched a new program for parents and grandparents of "new" or "newer" babies with Down syndrome to come together for informal support, networking and, of course, treats. Our New Family Socials have already expanded to include grandparents as well. The gatherings are held several times a year at our Burlington office, 20 Burlington Mall Road, Suite 261. 

For more infomation, see the complete list of social above or contact Family Support Director Sarah Cullen at or 781-221-0024 ext. 206.

 A Connection that Almost Didn't Happen

Before May  2012, Melanie Beaulier and Susan Giles didn't realize what they had in common -- that they were both moms to beautiful babies with Down syndrome and that they were both raising their families in Newburyport, Mass. But thanks to a new initiative by the MDSC, our New Parent Socials at our Burlington office, Melanie and Susan discovered their connection during a relaxed and supportive event in a comfortable and welcoming environment. 

As Melanie tells it, it was a meeting that almost didn't happen. "As the date approached, I started to waiver in my desire to go," Melanie said. "I already had a great support system, a busy schedule, an active two-year old, and Burlington could be an annoying drive at times." Fortunately, despite "feeling a bit shy and anxious" that day, Melanie said, "something inside me told me it would be worth it in the end." Indeed it was. 

Melanie met Susan, both moms met other families from nearby Danvers and Topsfield, and  MDSC Family Support Director Sarah Cullen, who organizes the Socials, made a point to get the moms in touch with Andrea Cole, an MDSC First Call parent who lives in Topsfield with her family, including JJ, her 4-year-old with Down syndrome. Andrea invited the entire group over to her house for a play date and the rest is history. Susan may have put it best. "What struck me about our get-together is that chance brought us together and yet I have hopes to nurture these relationships long term." 

Helping you make these important, meaningful relationships is what the MDSC does best. Let us help you. Check our Calendar, sign up for our E-newsletters or keep tabs on our Facebook page for information on upcoming New Parent/Grandparent Socials. 

Or, if you'd like an MDSC Play Date in your area,  contact Sarah Cullen at 781-221-0024 or to request a connection with a "new" or "newer" family in your area!