- Parent to Parent of Washington
Trained Helping Parent volunteers are available help parents who have children with disabilities or chronic health problems by providing emotional support and information about community resources for the whole family. Parent to Parent also has an ethnic outreach program which offers culturally relevant services.
Find a county or regional representative
- Fathers Network of Washington
The Fathers Network provides information and resources to assist all families and care providers involved in the lives of children with special needs. There are sixteen local programs across Washington which provide powerful, positive support and fellowship to fathers and families.
- Family Voices of WA Family to Family Health Information Center
Call toll free: 1-800-5-PARENT
- Serves families who have children and youth with special health care needs age birth to 18 years. Provides individual information on how to advocate for your child in the health care system and refers you to resources that are available in Washington state that provide information on health care, insurance, Medical Home, and other helpful programs/resources.
- Washington PAVE (Partnerships for Action. Voices for Empowerment)
PAVE can provide support for parents who have learned that their child has a disability or chronic health care need, help parents understand the educational system for preschoolers and school-age children, assist parents in finding community services for parents and their child or adult with a disability, help parents as their child transitions from school to adult life. The main office is in Tacoma, with six more across the state. 1-800-5-PARENT (v/tty)
Statewide organization, with local support groups and many opportunities for men to become involved in helping their children with emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues, and helping advocate for positive change in Washington.
- STOMP – Specialized Training of Military Parents
STOMP is the only National Parent Training and Information Center for military families providing support and advice to military parents without regard of the type of medical condition their child has. Housed at PAVE, in Tacoma.
- NAMI (National Voice on Mental Health) of Washington
Education, advocacy and support for persons with brain disorders (mental illnesses) and their families. To find the city or county group nearest you, go to:
- Sibling Support Project
This national program offers workshops and support for the brothers and sisters of children and youth with special needs. Sibshops are offered in at least 11 Washington communities.
- Kinship Care Program
Contact information for support groups in all WA counties for grandparents and other relatives serving as parents
- The ARC of Washington
The Arc of Washington State is affiliated with ten local Arc chapters throughout the state. Along with local advocacy, they sometimes offer direct services, such as representative payeeship, problem solving, and crisis intervention. Although programs and services vary from chapter to chapter, they all help individuals and families gain access to services offered by other agencies. 1-888.754.8798 (calls from within Washington State only)
- Families Together (rural, Eastern WA)
Families Together is a nonprofit organization with an office in Pullman, WA that believes family involvement and support are essential for individuals with disabilities to reach their potential and maintain a life that is secure and meaningful. Families Together’s programs are designed to build and sustain strong, healthy, informed, and actively involved family members who can work together to improve the life long outcomes for their child or sibling with a disability.
Finding Diagnosis Specific Organizations
- Hospital-based Support Groups
Seattle Children’s Hospital in Seattle hosts a variety of support groups/networks for families of children with special needs. Most of the groups are led by social work or nursing staff. Parents or parent-staff partnerships facilitate some groups.
See more on the Parent Support Program for children with special health care needs or chronic health conditions:
List of support groups sponsored by Children’s
- Directories of National Support Groups
Compiled by CounselingSeattle.com
- NORD – National Organization for Rare Disorders
Click on “Organizational Database” – Search by your child’s diagnosis or the name of a support organization to find a support group or other source of help.