Many families experience stress when their child is diagnosed with a developmental disability. Parents often consider family support a vital part of their family’s adjustment to learning their child has a developmental disability. Parents often state that the support form other parents is the most meaningful and in fact, studies show that parents with more support from other parents, family, friends and community organizations have less stress.

Family Support Services (FSS) programs have been funded through the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and the local decisions of the Westchester Family Supports Services Consumer Council. They provide support to families and ease the difficulties and demands involved in caring for an individual with developmental disabilities and include:

  • Parent training
  • Reimbursement
  • Respite services
  • Crisis intervention
  • In-home care
  • Recreation
  • Social supports
  • Substance abuse services

There are additional types of family support organizations that are available:

  • National organizations with local chapters
  • Parent-run organizations
  • Local organizations such as schools
  • Special interest support groups
  • Online support groups

For more information regarding family support services, call (914) 995-5276.