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SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Rating: 4.97 stars   69 reviews 1,910

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Human Services

Address:

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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(415) 920-5040
www.supportforfamilies.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

Support for Families is there to help parents every step of the way as they learn to support their children with special needs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

SFCD has supports for a very wide range of families and professionals who work with children who have challenges( ie Autism, ADD, ADHD, Intellectual impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, Orthopedic Impairments, among others). The range of services is also vast. From parent mentors, to support groups, to books and pamphlets, to ra resource fair, to a library of resources to events and movie nights for clients and their kids, to child care for workshops. SFCD is a wonderful support and resource to families with children who have disabilities to those who support and teach them!

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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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I am all a client, a volunteer and a Board member at Support for Families. It is a wonderful organization that helps hundreds of families in the Bay Area each year. All of services to support families of children with disabilities are provided free of charge, most in multiple languages. Support for Families offers information, training, support, social events for this under-served population.

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I am a client served, a volunteer and a Board member at Support for Families. As a client, I have benefited so much from the organization which has greatly helped me raise a child with disabilities. I have attended support groups, I have received extensive trainings, our family has attended social events that make life a bit more inclusive for all of our family.
As I volunteer, I have become a parent mentor and helped countless families. The training program made me feel more informed and empowered both to help our family and also to help other families.
As a Board member, I feel so proud as the organization grows every day, reaching new families, training and empowering families. All the staff, mostly parents of children with disabilities themselves, are so committed to the organization, so understanding of what other families fell and so ready to help.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Given that there are so many non-profit organizations out there, I can not begin to tell you how genuinely and truest to their name is Support For Families of Children With Disabilities. Words can not even begin to describe the level of services, supports, and commitments the organization has to the families of these precious children with life and educational challenges. Aside from the free educational workshops, daycare, and programs at the center, Support for Families empowers the parents to be strong advocates for their own children in educational setting and medical services. They empowers the parents to make changes at the State level to laws that need to give voices to our children for the services that they need to be functional and contributive members of society to the best of their ability. They empowers the parents to be educators, leaders, and role models in times when as parents we feel helpless, unsure, ...weak because of the myriad of challenges in raising our own children with disabilities. Support For Families of Children With Disabilities is a non-profit that holds true to their identity. For that, we are deeply greatful.
S.P.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great resource for children and adults with special needs. They have free training with a variety of subjects like behavior training, conservatorship, how to do IEP, alternative strategies, etc. They even provide childcare. They have bilingual staff who speaks Spanish and Cantonese. They coordinate events like picnics, movies, and annual ice skating to mainstream special needs children.

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Support for Families had a rep, Mr. Lockett come down and provide assistance and support at my son's IEP meeting. We really appreciated their support as we felt our son's IEP was not being followed and our son was not receiving the support he needed. They are very instrumental in providing info, support and constant workshops that help families that require that extra support with children with different needs. I acknowledge them to be a crucial asset in the community!

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Support For Families of Children with Disabilities has been an essential support for our family ever since our daughter was diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder when she was 3 months old. She is now 25 and Support For Families has provided guidance and support when we needed vital information about schools, doctors and state agencies. Now that our daughter is out of school we are very grateful that they are sponsoring an AAC conversation club for young adults who use computer devices to communicate. This is a great learning and social opportunity for our daughter who is not eligible for any adult day programs. We never know what challenges each new day will bring but we are very thankful that Support For Families has always been there for us.

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Support for Families' excellent staff provide personal, on-point support and resources to help families navigate the challenges of caring for and parenting a child with disabilities.

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I am so impressed with all that Support for Families does for the families in our community. As a childcare provider, I have referred many families to them for services over the years and the families are always 100% satisfied with the services and supports that were given. They have so much to offer! They also provide many free trainings to the community, providers and families, that help support us in doing the best we can for the children in our lives.

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1 person found this review helpful

Hello!
Everyone has some kind of special needs. We never know what will happen to us tomorrow! We cannot control how we are born, but we can advocate for those who needs our support to grow, thrive, and survive by learning essential job skills in life!
Thank you for supporting families of children with disabilities!
Warm regards!
Vivien Ng
6-9-15

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2 people found this review helpful

I work with students with special needs at schools and have gained an enormous amount of knowledge from attending the workshops here (such as sensory motor deficient, misbehave issues, kid empowerment, social and emotional issues with autistic children, as well as ipad workshops) for parents and professionals. They offer workshops all year around as well as provide professional growth certifications for teachers.
Thank you so very much!
Warm regards!
Vivien Ng
9-4-14

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