Family Support Sites

Check the FRCNCA “Locate an ESFRC” tab for a listing of Early Start Family Resource Centers in California. Many FRCs have websites, which provide information about the parent-to-parent services they offer (including trainings, workshops, support groups and family events) and links to local and national resources.

Center for Parent Information and Resourceshttp
http://www.parentcenterhub.org/

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. The website includes a resource section in English and Spanish

Family Education
http://www.familyeducation.com/home

Family Education provides parenting advice, child development and family reference. You can search by age, and by type of resource (school, entertainment, life). There is a special section on learning disabilities.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
http://www.fcsn.org/

Although this Massachusetts-based parent organization concentrates on state issues, it has a lot of worthwhile information for parents of children with disabilities anywhere.

Mothers From Hell
http://www.mothersfromhell2.org/

In addition to offering information, Mothers from Hell is the place to come for “Humor” and to subscribe to the “Brimstone Bulletin.”

PACER Center
http://www.pacer.org/

This is one of the most valuable websites out there for families of children with disabilities. PACER is a Minnesota-based PTI (parent and training information center) and their site is full of articles and publications. Information on behavior, transition and juvenile justice are only a few of the resources on this site They have an excellent “Links” section, too.

Special Child
http://www.specialchild.com/

Special Child is an on-line magazine/resource developed by a mother of child with special needs. Its Disorder Zone provides brief descriptions of many individual disabilities, sometimes including personal stories.

Washington State Fathers Network
http://www.fathersnetwork.org/

This site is designed for fathers raising children with special needs, but it is good for non-fathers, too. Its news, resources and links are great.

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