Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)

Main: 617-357-8431

Helpline: 617-357-8431 x224 or

MAC provides help for children who are facing barriers receiving educational services to which they are legally entitled.  MAC’s priority populations are children with disabilities, homeless children, children who have been expelled or suspended from school, and children who are victims of or have witnessed domestic violence.  MAC can give advice over the phone, referrals for further advocacy or services, or, for low-income families, in some instances direct representation from staff or referral to a pro-bono attorney or advocate.


Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN)

617-236-7210 or 1-800-331-0688

FCSN provides information, support , and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.  FCSN is committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils

617-236-7120 x307

Director: Leslie M. Leslie 617-399-8307

Organized through FCSN, MASSPAC is a statewide organization providing information, training, and networking opportunities to Massachusetts special education parent advisory councils (PACs) and the professionals who collaborate with them.


Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), EdLaw Project

617-910-5829 (Helpline)

CPCS, the Public Defender Agency of Massachusetts, provides legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel.  The EdLaw Project offers direct advocacy to children facing suspension and expulsion, ineffective reintegration into the school system following detention or incarceration, inadequate education while in state custody and children with undetected special needs.


Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, Inc.


CLCM attorneys provide comprehensive litigation services to students with disabilities in restraint and seclusion, school discipline (suspension/expulsion), special education and related matters. The CLCM also advocates for non-disabled students in school discipline cases and in education matters.


Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. (SPaN)


SPaN provides information about advocates, educational consultants and other professionals that are available to work with families, schools, and individuals. Areas of expertise and fees will vary since they are determined by individual advocates, and are not regulated by SPaN.


SPED Child and Teen

SPED Child and Teen offers information about upcoming events and resources for families with children who have special needs.


Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Problem Resolution System


Through its Problem Resolution System (PRS), the Department handles complaints that allege a public school or district is not meeting legal requirements for education. Program Quality Assurance Services (PQA) is the unit that manages the PRS. Anyone, including parents, students, educators, community members, and agency representatives, can contact PQA for assistance.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Special Education Parent Information

Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents


Family Guide to Transition Services

Parent’s Guide to Selection a Special Education Advocate