SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Rating: 4.96 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 1663 Mission Street 7th Floor San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: The purpose of Support for Families is to ensure that families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need have the knowledge and support to make informed choices that enhance their children''s development and well being. Through fostering partnership among families, professionals and the community our children can flourish. Mostof our staff members, volunteers, and board members are, themselves,family members of children with disabilities.
Results: Support for Families services impact large numbers of children and families.  Last year alone:• In 2013 Community Resource Parents (CRPs) provided individualized information and support to 702 families and 365 professionals, making more than 6,500 phone, e-mail or in-person contacts. • Support for Families provided 507 workshops, trainings, and clinics in 2013 on a wide variety of topics based on needs expressed by families. Attendance totaled more than 3,132 parents and professionals. • 165 active volunteer Parent Mentor volunteers provided individualized assistance and outreach. • More than 500 other volunteers contributed 3,800 hours of services. • 230 (unduplicated) family members and professionals attended one of the 21 Support Groups active in 2013. Total attendance at our family events exceeded 1,200. They include holiday ice skating, Halloween party, Access to Adventure, museum days, and movie nights. In follow-up surveys more than 90% of families consistently report that the information, education, or support they received from SFCD helped them feel less isolated, helped them become better advoactes for their child, and helped their child receive more appropriate services.
Target demographics: families who have a child with any kind of special need or who have concerns about their child; we also help professionals who work with children and families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of families and professionals throughout San Francisco. 700-800 families benefit from individual assistance each year; 2,000 families and professionals benefit from our workshops, trainings, and clinics.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco
Programs: a Warmline, drop-in resource center, resource library, toy loan, quarterly newsletter, support groups, parent mentors, workshops and trainings, mental health short-term counseling and referral, Assistive Technology resources, and family social events. All services are free of charge. Assistance in English, Spanish, and Cantonese is available. We also offer information and educational services to professionals and actively collaborate with other organizations to help develop a more coordinated, family-friendly network of services for children and families. In a typical year more than 700 new families will receive intake consultations; thousands more receive help through support groups, workshops, our annual resource conference, the newsletter and website. We are based in San Francisco but also are part of collaborations that serve families throughout California.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at support for families with disabilities Saturday workshop for the past year and I watch the presenter give the presentation and am amazed and how well the presentation is given. The presentations are about topics about children with special need such as the iPad, inclusion program at school. I would highly recommend these workshops for anybody with a child with a disability. Workshops are held the second Saturday of every month.

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I love this organization! I have benefited greatly over the years from all of the trainings, support groups, family events, resource fairs and more. Support for Families has made me feel less alone as I struggle to learn more about and deal with my son's multiple disabilities and health issues. I have found the training and information provided about the IEP process and laws to be especially helpful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an organization staffed with caring and knowledgeable people who have done so much to support our family and so many other families in San Francisco!

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SFCD is absolutely vital to our family. It acts as a bridge between our world and the world we have to function in by providing recreational, social, educational, and support services that families like mine need to enhance the quality of life for our children. The annual Ice Skating event is tons of fun and we look forward to it each year! I've learned so much at the Resource Fairs and through a parent leadership training that prepared me to become a more effective advocate. The experience of being around people that care and can relate to your experience and want to provide support has been invaluable. Gratitude and respect for SFCD!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The people in this organization are such caring, compassionate people, thoroughly involved in whatever way they can help families find resources for their own care of children with special needs!! An absolutely outstanding group. We know from personal family experience!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Following the terrifying realization that your sweet child is disabled, a chilling sense of being alone and different from all the other parents in your world hits you. How can I help my child? Often doctors and therapists don't know about services for or rights of a disabled child. Then you find SFCD. You are no longer alone and clueless.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love the way SFCD cares about each and every child/adult/family that needs support around someone with a disability. i love their focus on love, support and education. There is no disability that gets more support than another. The range of disabilities supported is amazing. From the most mild to the most severe, every person who comed to SFCD with a need for support, referrals, or education is given the utmost care and respect.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i have been both a client and a volunteer parent mentor for over 12 years. I can't imagine life without SFCD, I have learned so much and made a lot of friends and connections!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter, Julia, is learning how to speak up for herself and advocate for everyone who needs a bit of understanding and support. Thanks to all of the help and support and knowledge we all gain from Support for Families, our kid is seeing the world as richer, bigger and more compassionate. Julia is a kid with cerbral palsy, but that is secondary to the amazing things she has gained from this "difference" and to the incredible way she uses all the gifts Support for Families has given her.

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When you learn you are a parent of a child with a disability, everything changes. There are questions, concerns, fears, and stresses about all of the things you need to do to give your child the best possible opportunities in a world where nothing is familiar. Support for Families begins offering support and information the moment you contact them. It is a very difficult thing for most people to ask for help, but the staff and volunteers at Support for Families makes this easier, with a real understanding and compassion for parents thrust into a new world. With the parent, staff, and volunteer support, our family found great help, information, and skills to be the best advocates and champions for our daughter. We also have made some of the best friends we will ever know. Because of the many ways Support for Families has helped us, our new world is actually bigger, brighter, and more hopeful than we ever imagined. We would strongly encourage anyone with a question, concern or need about their child or loved one with a disability or special health care need to give them a call or an email!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

See that it gets far more funding in order to continue its remarkable work.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have had the privilege of working with a resource person from Support for Families. The time and energy they put into working with teachers to develop strategies to support children with special needs
made a huge difference in the relationship between teacher and child and teacher and parent. All the children in our school benefited from the professional development the teachers did with our resource person. Teachers felt empowered and positive when working with children that needed extra support.
We have continued to use the strategies as part of our practice and it has made a difference in the way teachers and children interact each day.
The teachers also learned how to use the Ages and Stages Screening Tool during an on site training. The group was small so the teachers received individualized training. The trainers were patient, bilingual, and eager to share their knowledge.
I highly recommend Support For Families of Children with Disabilities as a resource to answer questions, for training, support in learning about a disability and most of all a kind a place with professionals that care deeply about helping families and children with disabilites.

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