FREE Call-In Parent Support Group for Parents Living with a Mental Health Challenge
The weekly Parent Support Group for parents with mental illnesses is the first of its kind in the United States. Accessible by telephone or from the web, parents may join the call as frequently or infrequently as they’d like and may choose to remain anonymous or to introduce themselves to the group. No registration or commitment is required, but for many parents, the group becomes a vital part of their support system and a consistent part of their lives.
The GPS Tools for Families
Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children’s Early Learning offers this helfpul tool. GPS stands for Guiding Parents Smoothly – helping families set the right course for their children’s success in kindergarten and beyond. It’s great for anyone who has a young child in their life- grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors. The GPS is now available in all care levels--infant, toddler and preschooler. It can help you answer questions like:
- What do you do if your baby won't stop crying?
- Is TV good for toddlers?
- I like my child's preschool teacher, but is that enough to make sure he's ready for Kindergarten?
Child Care Information Systems (CCIS)
Provides child care subsidies and serves children from birth to 13 years whose parents are employed and meet eligibility guidelines. Also, funding is available for teen parents to complete their high school education. Fees are based on family size and income.
The Office of Early Intervention
The Office of Early Intervention provides supports and services to children 0 to 3 years of age with disabilities and their caregivers so that they can help the children grow and develop. Supports and services are individualized and embedded into learning opportunities that exist within the child’s and family’s typical routines and community activities.
Delaware County Intermediate Unit – Early Intervention
Preschool special education services are free to eligible children. The process begins with a simple telephone call from the child’s parent or legal guardian to the DCIU Preschool Special Education Department
Elwyn has been providing services to people with special needs for over 150 years. Elwyn provides services to children and adults with mental illness as well as individuals with developmental delays. Provides services for adults with developmental disabilities and children and adolescents with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
Women, Infants & Children program (WIC)
Provides supplemental foods and nutrition education to pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and young children up to age 5.
Crozer-Keystone Healthy Start
Healthy Start is a free program for pregnant women, parents, families, and caregivers of children age 0-24 months. Healthy Start offers case management, clinical care, clinical social work, and health education.
Child Guidance Resource Centers
Provides behavioral healthcare services for children, adolescents and families with mental health, developmental disabilities, and residential needs.
Community Action Agency
Provides employment/life skills training, housing, utility, emergency shelter, and food assistance.
Domestic Abuse Project 24-Hour Hotline: 610-565-4590
Provides tenant-based transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.
CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program - Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance - maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work or maybe it just costs too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help.
ChesPenn Health Services
ChesPenn Health Services is a private, non-profit federally qualified health center located in Pennsylvania that has been caring for the city of Chester, and surrounding Delaware County, since 1973. All services offered at ChesPenn are provided regardless of one’s ability to pay.
Children & Youth Services
Children and Youth Services (CYS) investigates all allegations of child abuse and neglect, as mandated by state law, including allegations of intra-familial child sexual abuse. CYS provides a wide range of services to abused and neglected children from birth to age 18, and their families.
Parenting Wisely is a FREE interactive parenting program available in two versions: for parents of young children and parents of teens. Proven to increase communication and family unity, Parenting Wisely offers well documented and tested solutions and skills that guarantee results!
Parents will learn skills including:
• Reducing problem behaviors
• Increasing communication and conflict resolution
• Increasing family unity
Delaware County Parents Involved Network (PIN)
Parents Involved Network (PIN) provides information, support, referrals for parents/caregivers to help them become the best advocate for their children. Parent Advocates who have been through the experience themselves support families whose children have behavioral health challenges. PIN also advocates locally and statewide influencing policy issues affecting children and youth who have emotional or behavioral health challenges. Programs are located in Delaware, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.