Finding Resources and Emotional Support

Parents tell us...

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"I love my support group.  It keeps me going. The kids are happy to see each other too." "Whenever I have a problem, I ask my support group. Someone always has an idea worth trying."  "We do fun things together. I can relax and know they will understand.  We might need to leave early due to a melt-down or eat something special and it is okay." "I feel closer to some of my group friends than I do to my own family." 

Oregon Family Networks    I Specialized support    I Condition specific support

Metro/North Coast: FACT Oregon

Southern Oregon: Bridging Communities

Central Oregon: Central Oregon Disability Support Network (CODSN)

Eastern Oregon: Special Needs Families Connect

Willamette Valley: Creating Opportunities

Lane County: Families Connected

Douglas County: Families Engaging and Thriving Together (FEAT)

Specialized support organizations (partial list)

Complex Child: Monthly magazine written by parents and self advocates

Adoption and foster care support

Latino Families: Padres en Accion

NAYA: Native American Youth and Family Center

(NIPIC): Native American Families w/ special health needs

Support for Black Parents in Oregon: Black Parent Initiative

Legal help for refugees applying for disability benefits: Refugee and Immigrant Support and Empowerment (RISE)

Support for all Islamic families in Oregon: Islamic Social Services of Oregon State

The Sick Chicks: Support group of chronically ill young women

Support for LBGQT families

Among Friends: Social sexual support services 

Q Center: Resources and referrals for the LBGQT community

PFLAG: Offers support and groups to LGBQT families and individuals around the country  Find a PFLAG chapter near you

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