Family Support Services
Family is the most important part of a child’s life. From their first moments of life, children depend on parents and family to protect and provide for them. Parents and family members are a child’s first relationships, first teachers, and role models in how to act and experience the world around them. Children thrive when parents are able to actively promote positive growth and development. Every parent knows that sometimes it is difficult to do this important work without help, support, and additional resources. Easterseals North Georgia provides a “whole-family approach,” focusing equally and intentionally on services and opportunities for the parent and the child in all of our programs.
Early Education Program
Easterseals North Georgia takes a two-generation approach with the children and families enrolled in our Child Development Centers. A parent’s and child’s well-being are inextricably linked – parents are crucial to children’s healthy development. The first few years of a child’s life are critically important to ensure their healthy development. To ensure this, children need stability coupled with responsive, nurturing relationships. Stress, mental and physical health, and education can all affect parenting. ESNG’s Family Support Advocates work with families to address parent training, economic support, health and well-being, and job training.
Babies Can’t Wait
Every child receiving services through our Babies Can’t Wait Program selects a Service Coordinator who provides resources that help families make informed decisions about the care and education of their children. The role of the Service Coordinator is to provide you and your family support and information about Early Intervention services that are available for your child and family. Your Service Coordinator is also knowledgeable about community resources and can help you navigate the systems in Georgia that provide supports and services for infants and toddlers.
Champions for Children
Easterseals North Georgia’s Champions for Children Program helps Georgia’s medically fragile and special needs children realize their full potential and enjoy a state of well-being, including being cared for by their families at home. Champions for Children provides two primary services:
- Direct financial assistance through reimbursements for care received;
- Referrals through Parent to Parent of Georgia, which links families with additional resources.
This program serves children ages birth to 18 years and their families who live at home and have a physical, cognitive developmental or medical disability and who have received a level of care denial for Katie Beckett. For additional information and the application, visit www.championsforchildrenga.org.