Special Needs Resources for Single Moms

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by Patrice on January 20, 2011 · 0 comments

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Special Needs

Single moms know the responsibility of being the main caregiver is a stressful challenge. When the family includes a child with special needs, it’s often hard to find another mom who is struggling with the same challenges.

The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and that you are not expected to know it all and do it all. You need help and shouldn’t be afraid to seek it.

There are resources available for the single mom struggling to cope with being the caregiver of a child with special needs. National organizations with local resources that may be available in your community, or near your community, can help you find the knowledge, support and respite needed.

NCBDDD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, formed the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The NCBDDD works with people of all ages, but one of their defined missions is to help children reach their full potential. Not only does their website offer valuable information on specific disabilities, it also provides resources at a state level.

For more information on the NCBDDD, they can be contacted at:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

1600 Clifton Road
MS E-87
Atlanta, GA 30333

TEL:  800-CDC-INFO

(800-232-4636)

TTY: (888) 232-6348
24 Hours/Every Day

NICHCY

The National Dissemination Center website offers a vast network of resources that assist parents in finding the information and support needed to help them care for their kids with special needs. NICHCY also recognizes that the entire family needs additional help when it includes a special needs child and provides links to resources geared at providing that support.

Contact them at:

NICHCY
1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009

Tel: (800) 695-0285
Fax: (202) 884-8441
nichcy@aed.org

Child Care Law Center

Sometimes being an advocate for your special needs child isn’t enough and the single mom needs assistance just making sure that her child is benefiting from the laws that are in effect. The Child Care Law Center website offers tools for parents who need legal help to make sure their special needs child is receiving the services they are entitled to. This non profit organization is geared mainly to families and parents, but also assists with the legal aspects of organizations, from community based to the national level.

The address of Child Care Law Center is:

Child Care Law Center
100 McAllister Street, Room 360
San Francisco, California 94102

Tel:: (415) 558-8005
info@childcarelaw.org

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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