10 Resources: Support and Information for Parents of Disabled Children.

“I was lost at the meeting.  Everyone was bringing up ideas so quickly; I was unsure about everything by half way through.  I didn’t agree and I didn’t want to sign.  It was just overwhelming”.   Melina has been to her first IEP and needs advice from a person who has been in her place.    She is also interested in respite care, a parenting class,  and options for more affordable and accessible housing.   What are the resources for parents of special needs children in the North Bay Area?

  1. MATRIX PARENT NETWORK: EMPOWERING FAMILIES of children with special needs to successfully understand and access the systems that serve them.
  2. EARLY LEARNING INSTITUTE: The Early Learning Institute is dedicated to providing and promoting developmental services, education and support to young children, their families and their community.
  3. NORTH BAY REGIONAL CENTER: North Bay Regional Center is one of 21 Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities in California.
  4. CALIFORNIA PARENT INSITITUE:  CPI’s mission is to end child abuse and strengthen the health of children, parents, and families.
  5. FIRST 5 SONOMA COUNTY The mission of First 5 Sonoma County is to maximize the healthy development of all Sonoma County children from the prenatal stage through age five through support, education, and advocacy. Links to counseling resources, housing assistance and shelter, parent education and support, Parents resource guide for special needs.
  6. UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF THE NORTH BAY UCP of the North Bay’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. They envision a future where people with disabilities live with dignity, participate meaningfully and experience success.
  7. FAMILY VOICES OF CALIFORNIA: Family Voices of California is a statewide collaborative of parent-run centers working to ensure quality health care for children and youth with special healthcare needs.
  8. SECTION 8 HOUSING: SONOMA COUNTY The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federal subsidy program that helps low-income families afford market-rate, private rental housing in the city limits of Santa Rosa. Voucher holders pay approximately 30–40% of their monthly income towards the rent. The City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority pays the balance of the rent to the owner within reasonable limits.
  9. SONOMA COUNTY HOMELESS RESOURCE GUIDE Listings include free and low-cost services to help people struggling with homelessness to find shelter, food, health care, financial assistance, permanent housing, employment, disability services and more.  Includes link to the Safe Parking Program.
  10. FRIENDS IN SONOMA HELPING Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) provides, as available, temporary or supplemental help to residents in need of assistance, generally but not limited to: food, clothing, rent, utility assistance or transportation to medical, dental or social service appointments. In so far as possible, services of F.I.S.H are provided by volunteers, unpaid except for possible reimbursement of expenses. F.I.S.H.helps  keep families in Sonoma Valley  from becoming homeless or going hungry.

Author: spritelypt

Pediatric physical therapist

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