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Are You a Parent / Caregiver?

Welcome! ...to a place where you can find support and connection as a parent or caregiver. During times of struggle many of us find ourselves isolated and feeling alone. Sometimes all we need is a listening ear and someone to share our story with. Other times we are in need of resources for ourselves and our families.  The Family Navigators Partnership is a resource that can provide peer support and help your family build hope…with heart.

In addition, the CSN website provides you with links to a variety of community resources. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can call 211 for information and resources in Tompkins and Cortland Counties. If you are visiting this site and know of a resource that is not listed, we’d love to hear about it so it can be shared with others.

If you need help finding resources for your child, please call the Solutions for Youth and Families WarmLine at 607-274-6302.
Information for parents with children with sensory challenges

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
The SPD Foundation is the world leader in research, education, and awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition that disrupts the daily lives of more than 4 million Americans. The SPD Foundation provides hope and help to individuals and families living with SPD.
SPD Symptoms / Checklist
Youth Mental Health Project
The Youth Mental Health Project is a grassroots nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and support families and communities to better understand and care for the mental health of our youth. They provide Educational Materials, create dialogue through community film screenings, host events and speakerships to better understand mental health and provide parents who are concerned about their children's wellbeing The Parent Support Network.

Mental Health Mammas' Podcast
Join Tina Hallock and Serena Ward for the Mental Health Mamas, there’s No Need to Explain podcast series. They get it. Join them as they share a bit of what they’ve learned along the way, talk openly about mental health, work to help you feel less alone and gently remind you to do your best to take care of yourself while taking care of your people.

Family Resource Connection - Tompkins
The Family Resource Connection - Tompkins is a collaboration of organizations who provide services for families with young children in the home. Through this website we hope to provide parents, grandparents and other caregivers better access to the many resources our community provides.

Military & Suicide: What Can Be Done?

Addiction Guide
Addiction Guide was created to provide the most comprehensive up-to-date information about various addictions and how to overcome them. We are not a treatment center, but through our informational website we can provide outlets for people seeking help. We are a diverse team of recovering addicts, healthcare professionals, and patient advocates who can provide you with tools and advice to help you regain control of your life. By increasing awareness and including this resource on your page, millions of Americans across the globe will have the best opportunity to find the right treatment for them and improve their quality of life.

pdfTips for Getting Ready for the School Year!
Remember — meaningful parent involvement promotes and protects your child’s success and families and schools are equal partners in the education of children.

pdfCare Notebook: A Quick Guide
A Care Notebook is an organizing tool for families who have children with special health care needs. Use a Care Notebook to keep track of important information about your child’s health and care.

Special Education Resources:  Here is a link that may be helpful in understanding the Special Education System in New York State. http://www.supac.org/

pdfStudents with Disabilities & the Juvenile Justice System: What Parents Need to Know
Youth with disabilities are at a higher risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system. Numerous studies show that special education students and those with emotional or behavioral disorders or learning disabilities are arrested and incarcerated at a higher rate than their nondisabled peers.

pdfWestern Region NYS Office of Mental Health Family Services Directory
A regional directory of family support services.

Core Parenting
Each family, child and parent is unique. From a perspective of gentle, aware and mindful parenting, we aim to offer various resources aimed at ensuring parents have the skills they need to be truly present and connected with their children. We want parents to learn how to value and trust their child’s development as well as their own internal wisdom as they support their children on this journey. Thriving children. Thriving Parents. Thriving Families. Core Parenting is about parenting from the heart.

Aha! Parenting
Are you looking for that Aha! Moment to transform your child’s behavior, or maybe your own? Whether you're wondering how to handle a specific challenge, just figuring out your child-raising approach, or ready to tear your hair out, you’ve come to the right place.

Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County has some very good classes, including “Parenting: the Hardest Job in the World.” The schedule is on this web page: http://ccetompkins.org/family

(VIDEO) The Science of Hope: Dr. Henry Emmons
Henry Emmons is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, and compassion into his clinical work. Henry developed the Resilience Training Program, which is currently offered at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. This holistic program focuses on the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of mental health and teaches people suffering from depression and anxiety to draw on their natural capacity for resilience through changes in diet, positive thinking, and mindfulness.

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