Family Education and Support Services
These services provide training, support and assistance to children with disabilities and their families and limited and follow-along services to adults with development disabilities. Services enable children and adults with developmental disabilities to live in a family home, and help the family to meet the challenges associated with constantly caring for a family member with a disability. Respite care services are among the service options. Respite care services provide temporary relief periods and other stress-relieving supports for family members who provide continuous care for people with developmental disabilities. This service is available to any family who cares for their family member with a disability at home, regardless of their age.
These services provide support coordination, training ,and other support and assistance to families with children up to 21 years of age. Families with adults over 21 years of age may receive limited and/or follow along services under this program. Children under age three who do not qualify for Part C Family Education and Support Services may also be served in this program. These services enable the child or adult to remain in the family home and help the family to meet the challenges associated with having a member with a disability. Services are delivered as part of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Annual Service Agreement developed in cooperation with the family. Three levels of service are available depending on the needs of the child and family and the available resources.
To learn more about Family Education and Support Services or to apply for these services, please contact one of the service provider agencies listed below. You may also obtain additional information about these services by contacting the developmental disabilities program office nearest you.. Once eligibility for services has been established and a service opportunity becomes available, a Family Support Specialist from the Family Education and Support agency will assist you in the process of entering services.