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

Transformative programs for kids with special needs in Alameda County

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"You've got this!" 2018-19 Annual Report

  • Stories of brave parents
  • The graduating class of parent leaders
  • What we're planning next

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. We are all parents who have kids with special needs, too.

You know your kid best

Parenting a child with a disability is an unexpected journey. 

Parents are amazing

When your kid has a disability, it’s harder to hold down a job and it’s easy to be isolated. That’s why parents of kids with disabilities are 3x as likely to experience depression. The right support makes all the difference.

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.

Will you join us?

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.

Services available in:

English   |   Español (Spanish)   |   العربية (Arabic)   |   فارسی (Farsi)   |   دری (Dari)   |   தமிழ் (Tamil)   |   हिंदी (Hindi)   |   Mam   |   廣東話 (Cantonese)   |   普通話 (Mandarin)   |   Urdu   |   Le français (French)   |   Deutsch (German)

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)

Martha,
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