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2-1-1 Information Referral
Similar to 411 and 911, this is one-stop shopping for health and welfare needs. Operators take full case histories and provide a plethora of resources. They also have information about court-ordered parenting classes.
Dial 211

The Arc of San Diego
Largest provider of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County, including parent/infant programs, independent living and vocational skills training, camps and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities.
3030 Market St.,
SD, 92102

Autism College:
Chantal Sicile Kira
(See listing under Autism)

Children in Need
Nonprofit organization administered by staff of San Diego County, Health and Human Services Agency. Their mission is to provide the necessary financial support for enrichment activities to assist children’s participation in sports, arts and cultural interaction.

Child Trauma Academy
Dr. Bruce Perry’s site translates emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, educate and heal children.

Down Syndrome Association of San Diego (DSA)
Family Support Network across the lifespan: information, resources and referral services, education and social events, advocacy and public policy initiatives. Specialized services: peer/parent support, pre/postnatal consults, family support groups (English/Spanish), social groups, and lending library.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123

DS Action and Down Syndrome Center
Check the DS Action calendar for monthly activities for families with all disabilities including Dad’s Night, Mom’s Night, and fun family events. Follow on Facebook for a list of the most current activities.

Exceptional Family Resource Center (EFRC)
Community-based collaborative agency, staffed by parents and professionals designed to serve families of individuals with special needs by providing a broad continuum of information, education and support. Resource library, parent groups, referrals and information about court-ordered parenting classes. Services and supports are offered in English and Spanish.
9245 Sky Park Ct. #130
SD, 92123

Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled
Monthly support group for Filipino-American families.
Teresa Lucas: 619-502-0929

Foundation for Developmental Disabilities
Provides support in San Diego and Imperial Counties for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, in the form of affordable housing access and development when available, micro-enterprise job development and creation, emergency assistance, and scholarship opportunities for students entering the field of developmental disabilities.
4355 Ruffin Rd. #116
SD, 92123

Freeheart Ranch, Sarah Wyckoff, MA
Parent of person with special needs offers holistic, transformative coaching, expressive art, journaling, drama and dance/movement therapy for parents. Offers private sessions, facilitates support groups and leads Free Heart Ranch Mother’s Retreats.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Offers support services to grandparents and relatives who are raising grandchildren.

The Hanna Fenichel Center
Center for child development parent classes.
336-340 N Acacia Ave.
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Healthy Development Services (HDS) – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Care coordination to link families to an array of developmental and behavioral health services, including parent education, for children ages 0-5 and their families.
Central: 3665 Kearny Villa Rd. #420, SD 92123
Coastal: 3605 Vista Way #201
 Oceanside, CA 92056

JDRF Family Network
Parent Nights and toddler, child, and teen-specific activity events for those with T-1 Diabetes.
5665 Oberlin Dr. #106
SD, 92121

Jeremiah’s Ranch JR Support Group
Resources and support groups for families with children with special needs. Meetings typically have a guest speaker who presents information, tips, news and techniques to address the needs of kids.
855 S Main Ave. #K-345
Fallbrook, CA 92028

Kinship Support Services YMCA
YMCA of San Diego County Youth & Family Services provides help to grandparents and relatives caring for children whose parents are unable or unavailable to them.

Linda Collins, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and offers parenting groups for parents of children with special needs or typical developmental challenges.
5190 Governor Dr. #104
SD, 92122

Mental Health Systems, Inc.
Family service programs identify and address mental health needs and alcohol and drug issues, as well as assist clients with creating healthy interpersonal relationships. Programs provide innovative, strengths-based, individualized and culturally sensitive services.
9465 Farnham St.,
SD, 92123

Michele McGrath Wolfson, MFT
Marriage and Family Counseling for families with special needs.
6353 El Camino Real #K
Carlsbad, CA 92009

A recurring, social resource event for parents and providers to meet, make connections and foster supportive relationships.

The Parent Connection
Support and playgroups for San Diego families.

Parents Advocating Together
Offers support to parents of children with special needs (preschool to high school) in San Diego County. PAT provides information, trainings, educational and emotional support to parents as they navigate their child’s rights under IDEA 2004.
9606 Tierra Grande St. #204
SD, 92126

Parents United Special Needs Foundation (PUSE)
Parent coffee talks, resource education and recreational activities for South Asian children with special needs and their families

PASS (Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions)
Parent support group for parents of children with special needs.
Meetings held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
858-663-5069;  858-254-9248
Poway, CA 92064 

POSSE (Parents of Students in Special Education)
Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities.

Rolling With Me
Nonprofit and growing network of community-based, bilingual peer support, advocacy and awareness. Puts on conferences, speaking engagements, and disability awareness events for those with physical disabilities. Connects individuals with medical supplies and equipment.

Roots and Wings Consulting
Marriage and family therapists, educators, social workers and psychologists with expertise in parenting, Autism, grief, communication, depression, anxiety, play therapy and more.
9541 Grossmont Summit Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91941

San Diego Center for ADHD Coaching
Roya Kravetz, professional coach and certified parent educator.
12625 High Bluff Dr. #111
SD, 92130

San Diego Family Magazine
San Diego County’s best parenting resource! Free monthly magazine offers articles and resources for health, education, camp, holidays and local family fun for all ages and abilities. Award-winning monthly calendar full of family activities and events. Visit the website and stay connected through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
1475 Sixth Ave. #500
SD, 92101

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC)
Serves as a focal point in the community to which infant/toddlers through adults with a developmental disability and their families can obtain services and be linked to other community resources within San Diego and Imperial counties.
4355 Ruffin Rd. #200
SD, 92123

San Diego Undiagnosed Family Support Group
Quarterly meetings with interesting speakers and Facebook support group for parents of children with special needs who do not know the etiology of their child’s condition or illness. Fun activities for children are available while the parents meet.

Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego
Helps parents and advocates in the special needs community overcome challenges of a family’s journey by bringing together people, information and resources. The foundation (in partnership with San Diego Family Magazine) publishes and distributes Flourishing Families annually, plus a free bi-monthly eNewsletter designed for families with special needs. Visit website to subscribe.
1475 Sixth Ave. #511
SD, 92101

TERI Campus of Life
Guides adults through the process of finding services for students and adults with developmental disabilities. Classes are available to become a qualified life coach for those with special needs for parents and professionals. Classes and information on trusts and conservatorships available.
251 Airport Rd.
Oceanside, CA 92058

Toward Maximum Independence (TMI)
A licensed Resource Family Agency providing resource family placements for youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Family Focused Supports Program offers support to birth families and their children with the goal of addressing needs before they reach a crisis level. Assessment and Intervention Services provides the supports and programs necessary to ensure that individuals receive services which promote full inclusion.
4740 Murphy Canyon Rd. #300
SD, 92123

UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Eight-week course to teach mindful coping skills.
5060 Shoreham Pl. #330
SD, 92122

Walden Family Services
(See listing under Foster Care)

WIC-SDSU Research Foundation
Low-moderate income nutrition referral assistance program for pregnant and postpartum women and children 0-5.
Locations in San Diego County

Xcite Steps Familly Therapy
Provides family coping skills and relationship conflict resolution through an individualized approach to parents, couples, siblings, and families who experience stress or anxiety due to ASD or other developmental disability diagnoses.

YMCA Kinship Support Services
Supports kinship caregivers throughout San Diego County in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being for their families through education, advocacy and community collaboration. Respite care available.

Yo! Youth Organizing! Disabled and Proud
Online resource designed to help teens promote independence and self-advocacy through resources, leadership development opportunities, and community connections.
800-900-0706 TDD

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