PARENT SUPPORT SERVICES
As a parent, it is not easy to suddenly be dependent on the advice of others to raise your child. However, since there are so many treatment options, it can help to have the advice, experience and support of a team that you trust and who will be patient with you as you make decisions for your child. This team can consist of a variety of people: family members, friends, social workers, therapists, teachers, classroom aides and medical specialists. It is especially helpful to talk with other parents who have gone through a similar situation before. The right support person will not only agree with the priorities you have laid out for your child but also will have a positive impact on the whole family.
But, remember: you are the primary advocate and decision maker.
The Greater Atlanta Jewish Abilities Alliance (JAA) Parent Listserv (formerly the Amit Parent Listserv) is a great way to connect with other parents who have navigated the same system and challenges. The JAA Parent Listserv is also a great venue for finding resources and recommendations in a non-threatening environment.
Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) provides parents support and education in both individual and group settings. Additionally the agency provides specialized supports for siblings of children with developmental disabilities.
FOCUS + Fragile Kids offers parent support groups, workshops and a newsletter for parents to share information and resources in the community.
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership helps families and schools work together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
You can also contact Parent to Parent of Georgia, which offers a variety of services to Georgia families of children with disabilities. Your parent partner can offer advice and assistance, and also serve as a sounding board for your concerns and frustrations.