Family Support Services
Family Support Services were designed to help families care for a child with special health are needs at home. The goal of any Family Support program is to maintain family unity, enhance caregiver skills and prevent out of home placement.
What are Some Common Family Support Services?
Respite: Respite provides a break for the caregiver and family member. Many parents resist using respite services or worry that use of the service indicates a lack of love for their child. The reality is that most children love the chance to get away from home, meet new friends, and just have some time away from mom and dad. Respite can occur in your home or at another location or a “free standing” respite. Find respite care in your area through the National Respite Locator Service.
Cash subsidies: Private insurance and Medicaid do not cover many items needed for your child. Funding for diapers, specialized equipment, orthopedic shoes, etc. are often provided through these funding programs. Many restrictions often apply so be sure to check with your state programs to see if you qualify. Find financial assistance in your community.
Recreation services: These services offer children a place to learn and socialize with others outside of the school setting. Day and overnight camps specializing in special health care needs offer children the chance to have the same opportunities as others. Many recreation programs are also offered after school or on weekends. Find recreational programs in your community.
The majority of money for these programs comes from state and federal funding. This means that eligibility may be based on income or the needs of the child. Many agencies do supplement the funding for the programs through fundraising and donations, so be sure to check with each agency for their requirements.