SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES Overview
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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.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Interact with kids and families at one of our "Families Together" events. Help at our annual fundraising event. Gather a group and join us for one of our special projects during the year. Help out at our office... Just contact us to get involved!
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.
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.
• 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.