Resources for Families and Children
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benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not
testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on
externally linked pages.
ABC for Health, Inc. (exit DHS):
A public interest law firm that works to improve health care access through advocacy, benefits
counseling, and legal services for low-income families.
Children with Special Health Care Needs:
There are five Regional Centers dedicated to supporting families with
children and youth with special healthcare needs and the providers who
Children with Special Health Care Needs: Family Partnerships:
Supports the voice of families in decision-making, leadership and
systems change. Includes Family Voices of Wisconsin, which provides information, training and support
around health care and community services to families and professional
partners, and Parent to Parent of Wisconsin, a statewide network of
families supporting each other in parenting children with special health
Disability Rights Wisconsin
The Governor's designated Protection and Advocacy agency for people with
developmental disabilities and people with long term mental illness. The agency provides advocacy
and makes referrals in cases where there has been a violation of rights in areas such as education,
special needs programming, Medicare, and Medicaid.
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
Offers matching on a nationwide basis for families who wish to be matched with
other families who have the same or similar disorders. Parents are matched, if possible, with families
whose children are the same age or living in the same area, from a database containing over 1,600 families
covering over 350 disorders. Information about national, state and local support groups is available.
Newsletter and other services are free to parents.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Provides free, current information on disability topics, specific conditions,
statistics on incidence, educational implications, and legal rights of children in the community.
Information and referral is available for parents regarding direct services for children, advocacy, and
Regional Centers for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs:
Locator map and contact information for the five Regional Centers
for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.
A nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities,
their families and those who support them. FACETS was founded in 1995 by parents who believed that parents
are the best advocates for their children.
Wisconsin First Step
An information and referral service that assists Wisconsin families who have
young children with special needs. First Step can help locate a variety of services for children and families,
including early intervention services, financial assistance, support groups, child care respite, home health
care, educational and therapy providers, medical resources, evaluation, advocacy, transportation, assistive
technology devices and services.
Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator
Initiative (exit DHS): A resource to
connect Wisconsin families with
information from other parents, schools, organizations and agencies to
enhance child learning for students with disabilities.
June 19, 2014