Family Support Services

For Families of Children with Disabilities (Birth Through 21)

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Birth to Kindergarten Additional Resources

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Family Support (birth to 3)

Family Support was created to meet the needs of Maryland families with children, birth to 3, who have been identified as having developmental delays or disabilities. Each local Family Support Network (FSN) provides information to families regarding community services; refers families to local support groups, workshops, and advocacy groups; provides opportunities for families to network and share ideas and experiences; and helps to link "experienced" parents with parents of newly identified children with similar special needs.

Family Support (3 through 5)

To help support families during the transition from the Infants and Toddlers Program (ITP) to the local school system (LSS) preschool special education program or other community-based early childhood setting—or from preschool into a school-age program—the Maryland State Department of Education makes funding available to expand services provided through local Family Support. Family Support provides ongoing support to families of children ages 3 through 5, maintaining the connection with the local ITP, as well as fostering new connections among families, preschool programs, and community services.

Family Support (5 to 21)

Family Support Centers, established as part of each local school system in Maryland, have as their goal the provision of knowledge and the development of essential skills fundamental to parents and professionals working together as equal partners in the educational decision making process. Specifically, Family Support Centers seek to:

  • Increase parental involvement in the special education decision making process
  • Provide information and resources about disabilities and community services
  • Assist families in resolving concerns and making informed decisions regarding their child's education
  • Increase collaborative relationships through information and training

Contact Information

Kenneth Hudock, Chief Family Support Services Section
Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services
200 West Baltimore Street, 9th floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 800-535-0182 (toll free)
410-767-0255 (office)
Fax: 410-333-8165