We know what it's like to walk in your shoes

Transformative programs for kids with special needs

Always free of charge

Programs that improve and transform lives

There are thousands of families in Alameda county who don't know who to call for help. Some have bad experiences and don't feel respected. Others are afraid and not sure who they can trust. We're different. Like you, our kids with special needs, too.

Walk the Walk

2022 Annual Report

Services available in:

English   |   Español (Spanish)   |   العربية (Arabic)   |   فارسی (Farsi)   |   دری (Dari)   |   தமிழ் (Tamil)   |   हिंदी (Hindi)    |   廣東話 (Cantonese)   |   普通話 (Mandarin)       

You know your kid best

Parenting a child with a disability is an unexpected journey. 

Parents are resilient

Even in the face of new challenges from COVID, parents fight for what their kids need. Today, they're managing unusually high levels of stress and anxiety.

All kids can flourish

There are 1.5 million people and 53 languages in Alameda county. An overly complicated system of services means that 4 out of 5 kids with disabilities aren’t getting the care they need.

Disability is common

One in 6 kids has one or more disabilities. Some are diagnosed before being born and others years later. Parenting a kid with disabilities means learning to face new challenges with joy.

Let's make sure that every family in Alameda County is able to help their children flourish - regardless of disability or special health care need.

Featured funders

We are thrilled to have the collaboration of private and public funders and individual donors who enable us to serve people with disabilities, delays, or medical needs - of all ages.

Francine Crockett

Francine Crockett, Alameda County Children’s Services 

"Family Resource Navigators allows clients and their families access to case workers who are familiar with and have had similar experiences with the issues that impact access to care for children with special health care needs. These services are critically important in promoting health equity and in supporting our case management efforts."

Dr. Noemi Alice Spinazzi

Dr. Noemi Alice Spinazzi, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

“As a primary care physician for many children with complex medical and developmental needs, I don't know what I would do without Family Resource Navigators! I refer my patients and can count on them to support families in navigating the complicated and confusing system and to advocate passionately for my patients and families.”

(Father, son in wheelchair and wife smiling)

Marvin's Mom

“Many families need more than just connecting to services. They need someone who listens to them and understands what they are going through. I am inspired to help other parents overcome the barriers I faced, improve the lives of their families, and become leaders in their communities."

Your strength is their strength