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Birth Defect Research for Children

National network. Founded 1982. Links parents of children with similar birth defects for mutual sharing and support. Provides information about birth defects, as well as services and resources that may be helpful to families. Sponsors the National Birth Defect Registry. Maintains database on medical/scientific literature and research. Monthly electronic newsletter.
Write:
Birth Defect Research for Children
976 Lake Baldwin Lane Ste. 104
Orlando, FL 32814
Voice: 407-895-0802
Website: http://www.birthdefects.org
E-mail: staff@birthdefects.org
Verified: 8/9/2012

Parents Helping Parents

(MULTILINGUAL) Model. 22 groups. Founded 1976. Parent-directed family resource center serving children with special needs (due to illness, accident, conditions of birth, learning differences or family stress), their families and the professionals who serve them. Information and referral, specialty programs, family support groups, peer counseling, training and library. Newsletter, group development guidelines and national resource directory online. Outreach in Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese.
Write:
PHP
1400 Parkmoor Ave., Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126
Voice: 408-727-5775
Fax: 408-286-1116
Website: http://www.php.com
E-mail: info@php.com
Verified: 7/24/2012

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network

National. 36 affiliated groups. Founded 1979. Mutual support and networking for parents or care providers of children with any disability, rare disorder, chromosomal abnormality or health condition using a database of over 23,000 families from 54 countries, covering 3500 disorders, very rare syndromes or undiagnosed conditions. Provides referrals to support groups and assistance in starting groups. $25 (professionals). Matching services $10. Various literature available.
Write:
MUMS
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301
Voice: 1-877-336-5333
Fax: 920-339-0995
Website: http://www.netnet.net/mums
Verified: 8/17/2012

Washington State Fathers Network

Model. 15 groups in Washington. Founded 1986. Provides mutual support and resources for fathers and families raising children with special needs and developmental disabilities. Web page with extensive links, articles by dads and materials for providers regarding family-centered, culturally competent care. E-newsletters, videos and monographs available. Statewide and regional conferences.
Write:
WSFN
16120 N.E. Eighth St.
Bellevue, WA 98008-2859
Voice: Greg Schell 425-653-4286
Fax: 425-474-1069
Website: http://www.fathersnetwork.org
E-mail: greg.schell@kindering.org
Verified: 8/9/2012

NATHHAN (Nat'l Challenged Homeschoolers)

National network. Founded 1990. Christian, non-profit organization encouraging families with special needs, particularly those who home educate. Bi-annual magazine, family phone book, phone support, program for parents of special need pre-borns, information and referrals. Donations accepted.
Write:
NATHHAN
P.O. Box 310
Moyie Springs, ID 83845
Voice: 208-267-6246
Website: http://www.nathhan.com
E-mail: nathanews@aol.com
Verified: 8/14/2012

PAVE (Partnership for Action, Voices for Empowerment)

Model. 1 group in Washington. Founded 1979. Parent-directed organization to increase independence, empowerment and opportunities for special needs children and their families through training, information, referrals and support. Newsletter, resources, networking between parents through internet, workshops on many issues, phone support and conferences on special education issues. Has special program that focuses on military family concerns.
Write:
PAVE
6316 S. 12th
Tacoma, WA 98465
Voice: 1-800-572-7368 (voice/TTY) or 253-565-2266 (voice/TTY)
Fax: 253-566-8052
TDD: 1-800-572-7368 (voice/TTY) or 253-565-2266 (voice/TTY)
Website: http://www.wapave.org
E-mail: pave@wapave.org
Verified: 7/2/2012

Family Voices

(BILINGUAL) National. 50 affiliated groups. Founded 1995. Grassroots organization that speaks on behalf of children with special healthcare needs at the national, state and local levels. Encourages and supports families who want to play a role in their child's healthcare. Advocacy. Literature (Spanish and English).
Write:
Family Voices
3701 San Mateo Blvd. NE, Ste 103
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Voice: 1-888-835-5669 or 505-872-4774 (Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm MST)
Fax: 505-872-4780
Website: http://www.familyvoices.org
Verified: 4/3/2012

Mothers From Hell 2

Online. National network. Founded 1992. Support and advocacy for families of children with any type of disability. Mission is to improve the quality of the lives and education of persons with developmental and other disabilities. Seeks to promote understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. Newsletter, referral network and training packets. Assistance in starting local groups.
Website: http://mothersfromhell2.com
Verified: 6/29/2012

Sibling Support Project

National. 340 affiliated groups. Founded 1990. Organization dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental and mental health concerns. Provides workshops on sibling issues, hosts listservs and provides training on how to implement Sibshops (lively workshops for school-age siblings).
Voice: 206-297-6368
Website: http://www.siblingsupport.org
E-mail: donmeyer@siblingsupport.org
Verified: 8/14/2012

SibNet

Online. 1500+ members. Founded 1998. Listserv for and about adult brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental and emotional needs. Opportunity for adult brothers and sisters to share information and discuss issues of common interest. Subscribers can connect with their peers, seek information about local services, create connections for their siblings and discuss the proper policies agencies should have toward brothers and sisters.
Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sibnet
E-mail: sibnet-owner@yahoogroups.com
Verified: 7/2/2012

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