Support for the Families with Children with Developmental Disabilities
When you have a child with a developmental disability, parenting is complicated, and you and your family may be under a lot of stress.
The F.A.C.T. Family Support program has been developed to help you manage life’s challenges. Because when you have the F.A.C.T. support network by your side, you don’t have to face things alone.
How can the F.A.C.T. Family Support program help you?
Your Parent Support Partner will visit you at home and give you emotional and practical support when you need it.
She can help you get access to health care services, special education services, crisis services and services from other community agencies.
“All of our Parent Support Partners have raised a child with a disability,” said Christine Kennett, F.A.C.T. Family Support Partner Supervisor. “We know what it is like to feel the guilt of never doing enough and the exhaustion of having too much to do. We understand your limitations, and we don’t judge you for them.”
Your F.A.C.T. parent support partner is the person you can turn to when
- Your friends and family have difficulty relating to your concerns
- You don’t know how to access community services such as health care, special education and more
- You or your family need support
- You need assistance is finding a caretaker with special training
- Getting a job, when you don’t have a resume or clothes for the interview
- You need stable housing
- Finding a new car or transportation
- Creating a household budget
- Paying your utility bills
- You feel alone, isolated and exhausted
Who can F.A.C.T. help?
You can qualify for this free program if your child has an intellectual disability or developmental disability and you live in Saint Charles County, MO.
Many of the families who participate in this program have a child diagnosed with:
- Down syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Intellectual or learning disability
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Childhood disintegrative disorder
F.A.C.T. and UMKC Research Study
F.A.C.T. has partnered with UMKC’s Institute for Human Development to research the Family Support Program with the goal of proving it to be an evidence based practice. Check out our current data by clicking on one of the reports below.