PARENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES

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PARENT and FAMILY RESOURCES

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
www.211.org

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
619-685-1175
www.arc-sd.com

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.
858-616-5900
www.childreninneedsd.org

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.
866-943-9779
www.childtrauma.org

CYSHCNet
Online group of researchers, families and youth, clinician partners and national organizations, working to assess and improve coordinated care and health systems for youth with special health care needs.
www.cyshcnet.org

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
619-594-7389
www.dsasdonline.org

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.
619-694-4615
www.downsyndromeaction.org

Easter Seals Southern California
International charitable organization devoted to providing opportunities for children with physical disabilities.
714-834-1111
www.easterseals.com/southerncal

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
619-594-7416
www.efrconline.org

Family Voices
National organization and network of families with special healthcare needs and disabilities that promote partnerships with families, including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity, to improve healthcare systems for children.
www.familyvoices.org

Filipino American Association for the Developmentally Disabled
Monthly support group for Filipino-American families.
www.faadd.org

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
858-256-2222
www.foundationfordd.org

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.
619-246-4595
www.freeheartranch.com

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Offers support services to grandparents and relatives who are raising grandchildren.
619-787-0807
www.assertivefamilysolutions.org

The Hanna Fenichel Center
Center for child development parent classes.
336-340 N Acacia Ave.
 Solana Beach, CA 92075
858-755-0860
www.hannafenichel.com

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
760-805-5214
www.jeremiahsranch.org

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.
619-543-9850
www.ymca.org

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
858-536-8985
www.mindfultherapydoc.com

Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego
Creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
2440 Hotel Circle N. #200 
SD, 92108
858-707-9474
www.sandiego.wish.org

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
858-573-2600
www.mhsinc.org

Michele McGrath Wolfson, MFT
Marriage and Family Counseling for families with special needs.
6353 El Camino Real #K
 Carlsbad, CA 92009
760-431-1819

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

The Parent Connection
Support and playgroups for San Diego families.
858-626-6944
www.sandiegoparent.com

Parent Group for Medical Kids
Parent support and resource group for kids with complex medical needs.
14020 Lake Poway Rd.
 Poway, CA 92064
858-722-7503
novako@mac.com

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
858-213-8005
www.patsd.org

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
www.powaypass.com

POSSE (Parents of Students in Special Education)
Help navigate IEP process for learning disabilities.
619-335-0536
www.possesandiego.org

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.
619-634-9080
www.rollingwithme.org

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
619-737-7721
https://rootsandwingsconsulting.com

San Diego Center for ADHD Coaching
Roya Kravetz, professional coach and certified parent educator.
12625 High Bluff Dr. #111 
SD, 92130
858-334-8584
www.adhdsuccesscoaching.com

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
619-685-6970
www.SanDiegoFamily.com

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
858-576-2996
www.sdrc.org

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.
760-332-8310
www.sdundiagnosedsupport.com

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
619-685-6970
www.SNRFSD.org

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.
251 Airport Rd.
 Oceanside, CA 92058
760-721-1706
www.teriinc.org

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
858-467-0600
www.tmi-inc.org

UCSD Center for Mindfulness
Eight-week course to teach mindful coping skills.
5060 Shoreham Pl. #330 
SD, 92122
858-334-4636
www.mindfulness.ucsd.edu

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
888-999-6897
www.sdsuwic.com

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.
858-428-0222
www.xcitesteps.com

YMCA Kinship Support
Supports kinship caregivers, relatives who are raising the child of another family member through resources, case management. Support groups and respite care.
619-281-8313 x10743
www.ymcasd.org/community-support/ymca-youth-and-family-services/family-support-and-preservation/kinship-support-services

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.
866-296-9753
800-900-0706 TDD
www.yodisabledproud.org

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