Parenting is the most challenging job that some adults undertake. With such high demands, it’s not uncommon to feel frustrated. Parents can lose control when they are feeling isolated, involved in difficult relationships, experiencing financial stress or lacking information on child development and child-rearing techniques.

However, becoming an informed parent will help you build effective child rearing skills and find your place in the community.

“Just as no two faces are alike, so are no two minds alike.”

B. Barakhot 58a

Maryland/Baltimore Resources

The BJAA offers an array of support services in partnership with the agencies of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. These include:

  • Clinic: Small informal group sessions designed to assist families with topics such as the IEP, IFSP and SSI.
  • Parent-to-Parent Network: A network designed to match families with similar concerns and circumstances to offer guidance and support.
  • Support Programs: Classes led by social workers to discuss specific challenges such as behavior, sexuality and family dynamics.
  • Workshops: One-time information sessions led by a qualified facilitator on topics like guardianship, living trusts and higher education.

Jewish Community Services (JCS) can provide services and supports that help you address these challenges. JCS provides counseling, advocacy and case management services to children and families of individuals with special needs. Other services include:

  • Assistance with independent living skills
  • Tutoring
  • Psychological testing
  • Social skills groups
  • Vocational services
  • Help in locating and obtaining special equipment
  • Consultation and counseling related to child development and/or parenting skills
  • Other solutions for Living with Special Needs

In addition, JCS works with the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA) to obtain and fund resources and services.

Americans Live With an Autism Spectrum Disorder
of Children Have Been Diagnosed with a Developmental Disability