Since 1982, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
has offered information, education, and parent-to-parent support free of charge to families of children with any kind of disability or special healthcare need and to the professionals
who work with them in San Francisco.


Special Family Events


Workshops & Clinics


Become A Parent Mentor


We welcome you to join our group of volunteer mentors. Your personal knowledge and experiences in the areas of support, healthcare, and education for children with special needs can make a difference!  Participants will learn about the Parent Mentor Program and receive interactive training on positive listening & communication skills.

The Parent to Parent training is offered in English, Spanish and Cantonese.

English: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
To register call Ahide Palomera (415) 920-5040 or email at apalomera@supportforfamilies.org

Cantonese: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
To register call Raquel Hall (415) 920-5040 or email at rhall@supportforfamilies.org

Spanish: Wednesday June 5 and 12, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
To register call JoAnna Van Brusselen (415) 920-5040 or email at

Registration required. Meals and limited childcare are provided with advance registration.

Important Update:

Transition to Adulthood Clinic scheduled for Thursday, May 23 has been canceled.

Save the date: wine+design gala 2019

The annual wine+design gala for 
Support for Families
will be held on 

Friday, October 4, 2019
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
San Francisco Design Center Galleria

For more information:
Rachel Goldstein
Development Director

We need your feedback!
Please take the following survey.

The Family Empowerment and Disability Council invite you to respond to an annual evaluation survey on family empowerment center (FEC) activities.

FECs are funded by the California Department of Education to provide services to families with children with disabilities who are between the ages of 3 and 22 to ensure that parents, guardians, and families of children and young adults with disabilities have access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support. This survey asks questions about information, training, and support that you have received from your family empowerment center (SFCD).

Families Partnering in Research for
Children’s Health and Health Equity

This module explains why health research, particularly patient centered comparative effectiveness research, is important to improve healthcare for children experiencing health disparities. Families of color feel disconnected from and untrusting of medical research. Transforming Research as Usual (TRU) introduces the voices of families, patients and communities to research through Community Advisory Boards (CAB). CABs prioritize community needs to promote equitable research. 

Click here to view the Spanish version of this video.

For Parents

For Professionals

SFCD is seeking new board members!
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For SFCD information, support and services please contact the warm line at refer@supportforfamilies.org

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