Family Support Services

Supporting Families with a Child who has Developmental Disabilities Living at Home

Oftentimes, these families experience a great deal of stress in trying to cope with the care needs of a special-needs child, and the FSS program aims to help alleviate that stress by providing resources to assist these families.  While there are a number of different ways the FSS program can assist the family,  one of the most requested resources is respite care.

Respite care involves a caregiver coming into the family home to provide care similar to what the parents or guardian would typically provide.  This may involve assisting with feeding, toileting, positioning, mobility, recreational activities, or whatever type of care the parents/guardian may need to ensure their child's well-being.  It gives the family peace of mind knowing that their loved one is being cared for while allowing the parents to have a much-needed break or "respite" from their care-giving responsibilities.  Parents can then take the time to 'recharge' and enjoy an evening out with friends, see a movie, run an errand, etc.

The primary purpose of  FSS is to better enable families to cope with the complex care-giving and resource needs of their children with special needs and to maintain the family's ability to care for their child in the home.

The program promotes the unity of the family by helping them meet the special needs of the child or adult who has the developmental disability. Family Support Services also assists families in identifying and evaluating what resources may be available to them  in the community.

We offer a variety of services to families, including:

  • Respite CareSpecial Dietary needs
  • Counseling
  • Training and education for parents and other members of the family
  • Lease or purchase of adaptive equipmen
  • tAssistance in modifying the home to facilitate the care of the individual
  • Other services needed by the family to maintain the individual in their home 
  • And other resources that can assist the family to learn how best to help their child grow and develop skills needed for success.

Eligibility For Family Support Services

Families residing in Tuscarawas County that have a family member residing in the home and who has been determined eligible for services from the Tuscarawas County Board of DD are eligible for our Family Support Services.

Contact the Family Support & Services Coordinator at 330.339.9755 to learn more or apply for services.

The following respite weekends are scheduled at Camp Nuhop (in Perrysville, Ohio):

  • Mar. 13-15th, 2015
  • May 1-3rd, 2015

Cost is $230 per session and families may utilize FSS funding to attend the respite weekends of their choice.

Family Support Services would also like to remind families of the sensory-friendly experiences available at Cosi in Columbus. More information about the many activities offered can be found via this link.