Parenting is the most challenging job that some adults undertake. With such high demands, it’s not uncommon to feel frustrated. Parents can lose control when they are feeling isolated, involved in difficult relationships, experiencing financial stress or lacking information on child development and child-rearing techniques.

However, becoming an informed parent will help build effective child rearing skills and find a place within the community.

“Greet all people with a smile.”

Ethics of the Fathers 3:16

Local Resources

In Palm Beach County, there is a separate confidential and free of charge 211 HelpLine, designed specifically for special needs, which supports to the families by providing answers and referring to resources. There, you can also find information about support groups, upcoming events, et cetera.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS), through the Center for Families & Children, offer a number of supports for families with special needs. It includes but is not limited to:

  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Jacobson Family Food Pantry
  • Summer Camp Scholarships
  • ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapy
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Supportive Shadows
  • Respite Care

The Support for Students Growth Center provides: therapeutic social skills groups; learning strategies and organizational strategies groups; behavior modification programs; individual and family coaching and counseling; therapeutic summer/winter camps; and post-transitioning groups for people with special needs, including Autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, communication challenges, behavioral disorders and varying exceptionalities.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has developed a toolkit for families and youth titled, Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services. This toolkit was created to assist transition-age youth with significant disabilities, as well as their family and friends, to navigate the world of PAS including transitioning to work, college and living on their own.

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