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Raising Special Kids

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Family Services, Human Services, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: As a comprehensive Parent Center, Raising Special Kids provides information to families of children with disabilities or special health needs. We offer free workshops and individual consultations for families as well as training for professionals in family service fields such as health care, education and social services. Parent to Parent support and guidance is offered by experienced, trained, volunteers for families facing a new situation. A skilled, caring staff of parents is available to answer questions regarding special education, health care, accessing state services and finding appropriate resources for children and families. Services for families are offered free of charge in English and Spanish.

Target demographics: Families of children with disabilities and special health care needs in Arizona--and the professionals who serve them.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7,701 families

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: Parent to parent support, parent training, and information on services and resources.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Scared, helpless, confused, angry, frustrated and exhausted. This is what I felt like as I dialed the number. Raising Special Kids answered and listened...REALLY listened. They provided suggestions and guidance. They gave me knowledge. They taught me what questions to ask and how to ask. They gave me a voice. Which gave me the strength to get my daughter what she needs to be the best she can be. They might of thought it was "just" a phone call, but that call changed a family's life for the better! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

RSK is an organization that has provided hope and encouragement to thousands of parents, friends, families, doctors, neighbors, schools, hospitals...everyone!

What makes a GREAT Nonprofit? Professionalism, compassionate, friendly, sincere, caring, dedicated, kind, knowledgable, resourceful and research based. All of these Raising Special Kids possesses.

How do you put a value on hope and encouragement? You live it.

Thanks to RSK, my life has been forever changed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Raising Special Kids has been good to us over the years. I went through a divorce 4yrs ago and they were able to give me help in how to go about making sure my sons (both have autism) were able to adjust positively. This year an advocate helped me with issues involving my son's school and his food allergies. Great place to go when you don't know what to do!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to see the work that Raising Special Kids has done by helping families walk through this journey with a special needs child. Families often come to this time completely in shock and fear and unaware of any resources that are available. The incredible people at RSK are not just there to tell them what to do, but guide them and nurture them through this valley. Wonderful people performing a wonderful service.