The Family Support Program provides individual services and support to families with a child who has severe disabilities. A severe disability is a physical, mental, or emotional limitation which seriously restricts the child's ability to carry out basic daily living activities.
The application process includes an eligibility determination and a needs assessment.
Information is gathered from a variety of sources.
Once eligibility is determined, a social worker schedules a home visit with the family.
The social worker and family develop a service plan that addresses the family's situation, identifying support needs and setting priorities.
Formal supports include medical, social services, educational, and funding resources.
Informal supports include friends, family, neighbors, community groups, businesses, and organizations.
Family Support is a state funded program.
Douglas County has limited funding for this program.
Eligibility does not guarantee a family will receive services.
Families are served on a first-come, first-served basis, although priority for service may be give to families in a crisis situation or families bringing a child home from an out-of-home placement.