Parent Support and Counseling Services
Children with special needs aren’t the only ones who need support and resources. Parents need them, too. We need to know that there are other parents out there who truly know and understand our lives with our kids.
Here are some places to go to find our Mom (or Dad or Caregive) Tribe. Some of these places offer support services for kids as well.
Resources for Early Childhood Development
Kent ISD’s program empowers parents with the skills and tools they need to be their child’s first and best teacher. They serve children birth to kindergarten with free home visits, playgroups and screenings.
Kent ISD Early On program assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until 36 months, who have a delay in their development or a diagnosed disability. They provide evaluations for your child’s development right in your home and if they qualify, they create a plan and provide services and support to help your child reach their full potential.
Family Futures: Connections
Family Futures programs and resources are designed to provide a wide range of support for West Michigan parents, teens and families through education and prevention-based programming, including Connections, a free program which helps families track their child’s growth and identify any developmental delays from birth to age five.
Grand Rapids Public Schools Early Childhood
Preschool and Kindergarten Registration, including The Great Start Readiness Program, a state funded free preschool program for qualifying four-year-old children.
Great Start to Quality
Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs that meet their children’s needs.
HeadStart for Kent County’s early childhood programs focus on education, nutrition, medical and dental care, parent involvement and social service. Programs include home visits and free preschool for children ages three and four.
MomsBloom’s programs provide hands-on, nonjudgmental practical and emotional support to women and their families while rebuilding a sense of community and connecting people to each other.
Spectrum Health Maternal Infant Health Program
A team of nurses, community health workers, counselors, and nutritionists who make home visits and telephone calls throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s first year, with the goal to help you to be a healthy mom who has a healthy baby.
Counseling Services for Families of Children With Special Needs
Network180 connects individuals and their families to services for mental illness, substance use disorders or developmental disabilities.
Pine Rest Christian Counseling Center
The Christian Counseling Center provides quality behavioral health services, including therapy and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, adults, and families.
A non-profit organization dedicated to assisting churches and community organizations in providing superior counseling care.
Healthcare Resources for Children With Special Needs
Children’s Special Health Care Services
A program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that provides certain approved medical service coverage to children and some adults with special health care needs.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services – Kent County
Essential health care coverage available to those who otherwise cannot afford it. Michigan has many health care programs available to children, families and adults who meet eligibility requirements.
Other Resources for Families
Child Link GR
We are a speech/language therapist and a special education teacher who joined forces to help link parents with tutors, therapists and other educational specialists (including consultation services and IEP support).
Family Tree Therapies
Family Tree Therapies is a multidisciplinary therapy clinic specializing in occupational and speech-language therapy.
Levine Benjamin Law Firm
A social security disability firm specializing in helping individuals and families that want to apply for or have been denied benefits based off their disabilities.