Family Support Services provides services and support to families with relatives who have an intellectual disability and reside in the home. Family Support currently provides these supports to approximately 100 children and 94 families in the Welland Pelham area.
The supports and services offered include:
- Assisting families in accessing Special Services at Home, Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities, Medically Fragile Dollars, and Ontario Disability Support program
- Providing the administrative supports related to any Ministry funded program
- Providing a case management support and assisting families to liaise and connect with other appropriate community agencies
- Supporting families in school advocacy issues, including transitional planning
Referrals for Family Support for children ages 0 to 18 are through Contact Niagara at 905-684-3407. Referrals for Family Support for children ages 18 + are through Developmental Services Ontario at 1-877-376-4674 or visit Developmental Services Ontario
Respite provides temporary relief to primary caregivers of children with an intellectual disability. This relief is creative, flexible, and responsive to the individuals need. There are private respite providers available to provide this support as well as Ministry of Community and Social Services funded respite providers.
For a list of respite options contact your Family Support coordinator 905-735-9019
There may be a fee for this service.