Families want the best for their children, to nurture their growth and development. Families with children who have special needs want the same for their children, but often face additional challenges, including great stress, social isolation, financial strain, and even increased risk of child maltreatment. "Family support" refers to services (such as paid respite care) and supports (such as parent-to-parent connections) and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children with special needs. Family support aims to:
- Increase the strength and resilience of families
- Support parents as they help their children with special needs achieve their full potential
- Improve community capacity to serve families with children who have special needs
The Family Support Program works with families, communities, and service providers to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs – which includes special health care needs, developmental and learning disabilities, and behavioral/mental health diagnoses.Read More... about What is Family Support?