Frequent Questions

How does a family become involved with Raising Special Kids?

The most common way is through a referral process initiated by a family's doctor, teacher, clergy or other professional who knows the family.

Families may also refer themselves to Raising Special Kids.

How much do services cost?

Raising Special Kids provides its services at no cost to families, in English and Spanish.

How is training provided?

Most training is provided face-to-face through our workshops.

May I bring my children to trainings?

Raising Special Kids does not provide childcare services during workshops and does not have facilities to accommodate children for long periods of time.

How is Raising Special Kids funded?

Raising Special Kids is a nonprofit organization funded through state and federal grants and private donations.

This publication is partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Family to Family Health Information Centers, CFDA No. 93.504. The information, content, and conclusions should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Stories

It’s A Good Time To Have Dyslexia

​Meriah Houser is a former teacher, and a lover of books. She was eager to pass on her enthusiasm for reading to her sons, Cole and Maddox. As her boys grew, Meriah discovered that reading was very challenging for them. … KEEP READING

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Not long ago Aurora Townsend and her family were afraid that she would be unable to follow her dream of attending college to become a Neurobiologist. Aurora has Toxic Encephalopathy and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome–disabilities that cause her body to respond intensely to substances in the environment many of us do not notice. … KEEP READING

​I Felt Like I Could Breathe Again!

When Laurie and her husband adopted Adilynn, they anticipated a few minor medical issues. What they could not have anticipated was the number of hospitalizations, medical procedures and dozens of specialists necessary to meet Adilynn’s medical needs. … KEEP READING

Families Helping Families

Families Assisted
9,057
Parent-to-Parent Matches
379
Professionals trained
2,292
Community Partners
375