Taking Care of Your Family
How Families Can Find Emotional Support
Resources from the Center for Children with Special Needs
Each one of us finds support in our own way. Just as every child with special needs is unique, so too is each parent, family member and caregiver. The Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program funded the Center for Children with Special Needs in Seattle to gather together a number of support resources in hopes of sharing a few different ways that families have accessed and received emotional support.
Parent to Parent Program
For over 36 years Parent to Parent programs across the country have been providing emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking
support with an experienced, trained 'Support Parent'.
Washington State Family Support Organizations
Find links to statewide Washington family support organizations on the Medical Home Family Support Service Providers Page.
Parents of young children are frequently tired. However, it can be even more exhausting to have primary caretaking responsibility for a child or youth with special needs that require intensive or constant attention. Everyone needs time off, to relax, take a quiet bath, see friends, talk to other family members, go for a walk or read book. It is hard to be fully present for your child if you never have any time to "recharge your batteries".
Respite care can provide the time off you need. Respite care is:
Temporary, short–term care for a person or persons with special needs
Provides relief to caregivers from the demands of ongoing care for individuals with special needs
- Can be provided in community settings or in a person’s home.
The Respite and Crisis Care Coalition of Washington Respite Resource Guide has information about what respite care is, which Washington State agencies are involved, and what types of services are provided. The resources in the guide focus on King County.
For information about respite care in any Washington State county
Related Resources of Interest
See Recreation Resource page on this website.