Family Support Program

Services Provided
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.