4440 North First Street
Fresno, California 93726
(559) 229-2000

Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center is the umbrella for the programs for parents of children with disabilities and other special needs. The program is staffed with parents and close family members of children with disabilities.

The Family Resource Center Program

The Family Resource Center (FRC) provides parents and the community with many services:

Parent-to-Parent Groups

  • Parent groups are provided for parents, who have concerns about the development of their children from birth to school age and into adulthood.
  • The Parent Groups are staffed by Family Resource Specialists who are also parents or close family members of children with disabilities . EPU believes powerful and unique support comes from staff members who also have children with disabilities.
  • There is no cost to attend a Parent Group. Childcare may be available upon request.

Teen and Young Adult groups

EPU has groups for teenagers and young adults with disabilities. Group members come together in a casual setting to hang out, make new friends, and learn new skills.

Hospital Support

Support and information is provided to families when they have a child in the hospital with a disability or long-term special health care need.

Advocacy

The Family Resource Specialist on staff will help parents advocate the educational, social, recreational and medical needs of their children. EPU’s Family Resource Specialist will guide parents in obtaining the services their children need to thrive. Parents may call the EPU at any time to find out if a Family Resource Specialist can help.

IEP and 504 Clinics

  • FRC staff hosts workshops and trainings on many topics such as Individual Education Plans (IEP), ADD/ADHD and many more for parents, professionals and community members who is interested in attending at no cost.
  • EPU seeks opportunities for families to share their personal stories with professional and student groups. This promotes understanding and fosters effective communication between families and the professionals. EPU also sets up information booths at health fairs to promote community awareness.
  • FRC staff participates in decision-making committees at the local, state and national levels to support families and provide them with the latest information. EPU offers assistance to parents who would like to participate in committees and advisory groups.
Additional Programs

Early Start Family Resource Center

The center is funded by the California Department of Developmental Services. It supports and assists parents of children from birth to age 3.

Prevention Resource and Referral (PRRS)

PRSS is funded by the California Department of Developmental Services and supports parents of children birth to 35 months “at risk” for having a developmental concern.

The Parent Training and Information Center

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides training and assistance in accessing services to families of children receiving special education services from birth to 26 years of age.

The Family Empowerment Center (FEC)

Funded by the California Department of Education, provides resource services through training and IEP clinics for ages 3-22. The FECs provide services to families with children with disabilities who are between the ages of 3-22 to ensure that parents, guardians, and families of children and young adults with disabilities have access to accurate information, specialized training and peer-to-peer support.

SOAR

Funded by the California Department of Education and Rehabilitation, SOAR addresses the needs of teens and young adults (14-26) with disabilities who are preparing to transition from school to community working and living settings. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Parent Links

Funded by the California Department of Education, provides parents of deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers with comprehensive information. Through mentoring, networking, and resources, the family’s relationship with their child and their choices in language and communication opportunities are honored. This program is for families with children identified as deaf or hard of hearing from birth to age 3.

First 5 Project

Funded by First 5 Fresno County, the project allows parents with children birth to age 5 to take advantage of support and trainings while attending Parent Groups birth to age 5.


SERVICES

• Parent to Parent support from experienced parents.
• Parent support groups
• Individualized Education Plan (IEP) trainings and clinics
• Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) trainings and clinics
• Assistance in advocating for services
• Resource information, coordination and referral
• Services provided in English, Spanish and Hmong