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September 08, 2017
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Media Alert

Flyer: Spanish | English

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 FROM 10:00 A.M. TO 2:00 P.M.


Supporting Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities from Vulnerable Populations


WHERE: Family Outreach and Community Intervention Services 

11364 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, CA 90650

Purpose of the Event:
The “Parents As Partners” program collaboratively supports families for parents who have children with developmental disabilities like Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other intellectual disabilities. This “Family Fun Day” will officially kick off the “Parents as Partners” program in Norwalk and surrounding cities and create the foundation for parents and professionals working together in partnership for every child with developmental disabilities to thrive. This will be a free family event with resources for families and fun activities for all kids and a focus on children with developmental disabilities. There will be Special Education consultations with attorneys and advocates. There will also be experts in the area of health insurance eligibility and many other resources and hands-on support for families to access needed services. 

Support services available at FAMILY FUN DAY are as follows:

Keith Davis Special Education Law Firm - will provide IEP hands-on consultations and taking compelling cases for legal representation.  

TASK - Team Of Advocates for Special Kids – provides consultation on IEPs by Parent Advocates.

IHSS Advocates- provides hands-on consultation with In Home Support Services . 

Harbor Regional Center – provides consultations services and supports available at the Regional Center.

We Rock the Spectrum Gym - provides inclusive gym for kids with developmental disabilities and for typical kids.

211 LA – will provide free cell phone application, utility assistance, low-cost Internet- we will be offering developmental screening for children under 5 and maternal depression screening for pregnant women.

F.O.C.I.S – provides Parenting Classes, Domestic Violence classes, Youth Conflict Resolution, and many more family programs.

Contact: Alana Hitchcock, Public Affairs Director, 211 LA County, 626 300-1302 

Nancy Spiegel, Director of Information and Development, Harbor Regional Center, 310 543-0658

Steven Rosenthal, LAPRPRO, 323 258-1589

Parents, families, friends, community-based organizations, and government agencies serving children and families recently gathered in Norwalk’s New Harvest Christian Fellowship Church August 26, 2017 for a one of a kind Leadership Summit, “Strengthening Families For All Children to Thrive.” Spearheaded by Harbor Regional Center, 211 LA County, and Family Outreach Community Integration Services (F.O.C.I.S.) of Norwalk, this summit launched an exciting new “Parents as Partners” program. Many other non-profit groups and community organization were also represented.
Powerful testimonials from parents who have experienced firsthand the challenges of meeting the special needs of their children with developmental disabilities touched the audience members and brought home the need for organizations to work together to create a seamless system of care for families to be fully supported.

The new “Parents as Partners” program is building a system of community support that will help parents obtain community-based services and specialized services needed for their children who have developmental disabilities and are clients of Harbor Regional Center, while providing wraparound support for their families. 211 LA will provide Parent Peer Mentors and Care Coordination support across service systems to work in partnership with Harbor Regional Center’s Service Coordinators, creating an enhanced system of support for families and their children through all of the services and care they need. 

Maribel Marin, 211 LA’s Executive Director, recognized all the partners who had come together: “We are thrilled to be joining our partners Harbor Regional Center (HRC), F.O.C.I.S and New Harvest Christian Fellowship. By connecting parents to networks of support systems in their communities, we can create sustainable solutions that permanently change the trajectory of children with developmental disabilities and their families.”

About Harbor Regional Center:
HRC provides intake and assessment services for individuals who live in the HRC service area of south Los Angeles County, and who are believed to have a developmental disability. HRC works with each individual client or family to develop an individual person-centered service plan.
About F.O.C.I.S: Family Outreach and Community Intervention Services, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides many valuable services to Southern California communities through comprehensive counseling, violence education and intervention services, youth and adult addiction recovery, and many other specialized services.

About 211 LA:
211 LA County is the hub for community members and community organizations looking for all types of health, human, and social services in Los Angeles County. 211 LA provides nearly 500,000 people every year with information and referrals to the services that best meet their needs, through the 24 hour 2-1-1 call line, or through their website and chat. 211 LA’s purpose is to make community connections to services that meet people’s needs, so that people in LA can survive, thrive, and be empowered, no matter their situation or background.