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Advocacy

The Advocacy Program at Broward Children’s Center empowers and educates parents and caregivers of children with special needs on important decisions involving their children.

One of our Special Needs Advocates will work one-on-one with parents and caregivers to provide them with the support and information necessary to make the best decisions for their children, and to help give them the greatest quality of life possible.

It is our goal to partner with families to ensure they are receiving the essential tools and support to effectively advocate for their children.

Our Advocacy Program helps assist families through:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapy Referrals

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Assistance

  • Medicaid Assistance

  • Financial Assistance

  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Programs

  • Various community resources and support groups

  • Family Empowerment Scholarship

  • Individualized Family Support Plan (FSP) or Individualized

  • Educational Plan (IEP) assistance and support

  • Parent Advocacy Toolkit

  • Receiving Comprehensive and Preventative Health Care

Additionally, we offer specialized services provided by one of our Special Needs Advocates in both Pompano Beach and Dania Beach, in the client’s home, at the child’s school or service provider, or over the phone as needed.

Caregivers who reside in Broward Country and have a child with special needs (ages 3 to 21), and meet the income criteria are eligible for services.

To inquire about eligibility for the BCC Advocacy Program, to speak to one of our Special Needs Advocates, or for any additional information, and to Apply please contact 954.290.5810 or email: SocialServices@bcckids.org 

(Funded by Broward County)

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Family Strengthening

Broward Children’s Center’s Family Strengthening Program is built on an evidence-based national model known as the Nurturing Program for Parents and their Children with Special Needs and Health Challenges (NPP Special Needs.)

Our program provides families and caregivers with individualized, ongoing support and skills needed for parenting a child with special needs. Through the support of a trained Special Needs Facilitator, parents have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the expectations and fears that come along with raising a child with special needs

  • Better understand your child’s diagnosis, development, and temperament

  • Enhance communication between you and your child

  • Increase the opportunity for positive communication and socialization with family and friends

  • Develop and build upon effective and positive parenting skills, disciplines, and teaching techniques

  • Learn coping strategies to minimize undesirable behaviors and stresses

  • Learn to establish successful partnerships and communication between your child’s providers

Children with special needs and their siblings are also offered weekly sessions with a Special Needs Child Specialist. Sessions are flexible and can be offered in-home or out of home, as needed.

Case management, Respite, training for family and friends, and other Advocacy services are also offered in conjunction with this program.

Whether your child is newly diagnosed, or you are simply looking for a better way to relate to your child and reduce family stress, Broward Children’s Center’s Family Strengthening Program can help!

For questions or more information and to Apply, please contact 954.290.5810 or email: SocialServices@bcckids.org 

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Respite

Finding the right childcare can be challenging, especially for a child with special needs. When you need to travel, de-stress, become sick, or just need some personal time, turn to Broward Children’s Center’s Respite Program.

Broward Children’s Center offers Respite to parents and families, providing a temporary break from the day-to-day care of their child with special needs. Whether in client homes, or at one of our centers in Pompano Beach, or Dania Beach, our trained and experienced Respite professionals deliver high-quality care for a few hours, or a few days, to keep families healthy, happy, and together.

Eligible recipients of Respite include:

  • Broward County residents

  • Infants, children, and young adults (ages birth to 17) with a diagnosis of autism, cerebral palsy, a delay in language, cognitive, or physical development, or any special medical condition

  • Additional Services

  • Special events

  • Monthly social and activity groups

  • Referrals

  • Parent support groups

For additional information regarding Respite and to Apply, please contact 954.290.5810, or email: SocialServices@bcckids.org

(Funded by Broward County)

 
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Child Care Aware

Broward Children’s Center is proud to be a provider for Child Care Aware ® of America’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), a national the partnership between Child Care Aware of America and the U.S. Navy and Air Force, to provide Respite services to active duty members that have children with special needs in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

To learn more, please visit our Resources section, or call 1.800.424.2246 to speak with an EFMP Representative.

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