I've been connected to Support for Families since my daughter, who has Down syndrome, was born over 25 years ago. Even longer, actually--knowing of the existence of SFCD helped me know, even before she was born, that my family would not be alone raising her. For the first few years, it was the parent support group that helped immensely, as well as various workshops on different topics. Then I became a parent mentor and developed relationships with other families who were new to the world of raising a child who had Down syndrome. More recently, Support for Families has helped my now-adult daughter recruit students for a dance class that she teaches, by letting us set up information tables at their annual Information and Resource Conference and the annual Access to Adventure in Golden Gate Park. Both of these events offer a wealth of information to families and professionals looking for opportunities and activities for their loved ones or clients. And the workshops I mentioned earlier continue, on topics like IEP's, special needs trusts, housing, health care, etc. Support for Families is an incredible organization that I can't even imagine having lived the past 26 years without.
Great organization doing important work helping families with incredibly hard challenges.
We were referred to Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD) when our son was about 7 months old and experienced health issues and began missing his milestones. I still remember the day that a parent-mentor named Dorie reached out to me by phone to provide an overview of how SFCD supports communities and lent an ear to answer the questions that were top-of-mind for me at the time about having a child with special needs. Since then, we have participated in the resource fair, received extra language support services and attended Family Activity days through SFCD. I am grateful SFCD is in San Francisco because it provides a support system that broadens our access to community so that our son and family get to experience more of the educational and civic opportunities San Francisco has to offer. There are so many different programs offered in an effort to meet the needs of the spectrum of disabilities and the breadth of communities in San Francisco and Marin counties.
Support for Families connected me with the resources I needed to become an effective advocate for my daughter. I learned so much from their workshops, the IRC, parent mentors and professional referrals. With this support, I was able to dramatically raise our school team expectations and her achievement in school. Her life trajectory is completely changed. THANK YOU!
That you so much for the donation my little girl will appreciate the help this time of year . Riley is my 4 year old daughter with autism she is non verbal , I never knew how hard it would be with a child with autism, Her not being able to talk is the hardest part all I wish for is for my lil girl to be able to have a conversation with me . She is by far the best part of my life I have learned so much from her patience being number 1 I could not have asked for a more precious child , I look at everyone different know and that is because of her I don’t judge as much as I know I did in the past , We want to say thank you for being there for us to help ..
Support for Families is an absolutely fantastic resource for families, their children, and for professionals. As a board member, I've witnessed the compassion and support from the staff and volunteers at SFCD and how impactful they have been in the community. It's truly a privilege to be able to support this organization!
Support for families is an amazing resource for families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with the children and their families. As a professional, I often refer families to them. I am honored to be able to give back to SFCD as a board member.
I've been involved with Support For Families for over 20 years and now am on the Board of Directors. SFCD embodies the principles of family strengthening and support, equity and true partnerships with families. SFCD is an institution in San Francisco and has help thousands of families over the years.
Our family relies on Support for Families for the latest info on the changing landscape of services for children with disabilities. In addition, they provide great training for parents and guardians about how to successfully advocate for your child. The social activities are fun, too!
Support for Families was and continues to be a lifeline to me and my family. When my daughter was first diagnosed with Autism, I was flattened in the early days by the flood of emotions, stress, and sense of loss that comes with such crushing news. Somehow through many of the specialists seen in the early days, a support group run by Support for Families found me, and that is where I caught the lifeline. I don't know where I'd be had I not . I became a parent mentor as soon as I was able, to "give back". They are a top-notch organization run by wonderful human beings. They serve a need in the community, guiding and supporting families through the hills and valleys of raising a child with special needs. Thank you Support for Familes from the bottom of our hearts. The Raymond Family
SFCD is an organization that I can always go to for information and support. I first find out about it through one of my son's doctor when he was 4 years old. My son is now 26 years old and I can still find information and support for him and all the different needs he has through the different stages in his life! I am sure that we will continue to stay connected with SFCD because of their wonderful support and dedication to understand us families with children with disabilities!
I have twin daughters with Autism. Although there are many state agencies and systems, including the public school system, to help us, it has been an overwhelming challenge to find the right agencies and access the services we are entitled to. Even the best agencies only really know about their own work.
That's where Support for Families of Children with Disabilities has come to our rescue. Their Family Resource Specialists have been my sherpa through the maze of organizations and services. They have answered my questions, explained what we are entitled to, and taught me how to advocate for my daughters. It has made a huge difference in their quality of life.
It also makes a huge difference to us knowing that Support for Families are there for us, if we encounter more problems or need further advice.
All their services are free to the client. But I have donated to them in gratitude and found them to be very responsive to their donors.
When my daughter was born with so many challenges I tried to live up to her strength and persistence. It was a winding road of obstacles and misinformation. I found Support for Families of Children with Disabilities 22 years ago and they literally saved my family.
My daughter, who is enrolled in college, now volunteers with Support. I am a Parent Mentor. Because I work in a school, my connection to Support is something I am able to pass unto to other families.
Those days when I fought not to cry, could not come up with strength or patience, I would take a deep breath and call Support and I knew I could get the help. They walked me thru the IEP process and held my hand when needed. They always believed in us.
Because we are a Spanish speaking home it was also important that Support was welcoming of our family. I have no doubt when I recommend Support to other families.
They always have an answer or a contact.
Came upon this organization as a client many years ago. New to parenting a child with disability at the time. Used all of the resources available. We did OK and are happy to report we are well and child is having his best semester yet in middle school (Currently all A's and 2 B's)! Happy to report that we are still intimately connected to the organization and are now volunteer parent mentors paying it forward after 10+ years. We still utilize the resources as a client every now and then so it is definitely relevant after passage of time.
This organization is a wealth of information and support! I would not have survived my child's early years without the support networks I established here. Immensely grateful for all of the amazing work that they do, the incredible staff, the professionalism, and that all resources are free to the community!
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.
Thank you so much for the gift cards for Christmas . I have 3 children with disabilities and my husband is also disabled. Unable to work cause of the appointments and sickness all the time. I do the best I can do and love them so much. It is what it is, I don't dwell, life goes on... thank you again. Lisa
I raised a special needs foster child(adopted). Support for Families of Children with Disabilities was so helpful in equipping me with the right information to help in raising her and in my fight to get what she needed from the school district and private counseling. I am now raising that daughter's child. She, too, has special needs. Once again SFCD has been a great help. I give back by volunteering with them. These are dedicated, caring, devoted people who work hard for families and children.
I was an adoptive mom of a foster child with special needs in the late 80's & 90's. Support for Families of Children with Disabilities helped me with references, information, and referrals. I could not have solved several problems I had getting the proper classroom placement and treatment for my child without them. There is nothing else like this available for families with special needs children. The care, concern and individual attention given are unmatched.
I have been volunteering since my children grew up to give something back to this marvelous organization. My grandchild, who I'm raising, now joins me as a 'side' volunteer.
Before nonprofit i was hopeless. I could not help my son to function with his disability without the knowledge of how to help him. I was very grateful when i apply and got assistant from nonprofit to go for training at the Option Institute to learn how to take care of my Autistic son. I am very thankful. Helping me to attend this training has change my life for a promising future and hope for my son and for this I thank you so much with all my heart.
I find out when my daughter was 5 she had a hearing problem and today she is 17 and has to wear hearing aids.
Support for Families is there to help parents every step of the way as they learn to support their children with special needs.