Parent Support Services
As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists. It is especially helpful to talk with other parents who have gone through a similar situation before. The right support person will not only agree with the priorities you have laid out for your child but also will have a positive impact on the whole family.
But, remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.
Below are several ways to help connect parents to resources:
The 211 HelpLine is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) offers counseling services and support groups for parents and caregivers, grandparents and siblings of individuals with special needs. Establish new connections, friendships and learn skills to help you and your children. For additional information about these services, visit their website.