Family Support Services

Parent Involvement is Essential: A Parent Involvement Brochure for Families of Children Who Have an IFSP or IEP 
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Family Support Services: Resource Centers for Families and Schools are partnerships between the local school system and the Maryland State Department of Education. The purpose of these centers is to provide the skills and knowledge that will enable families of children and youth with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, and professionals to function as equal partners in the educational decision making process and to assist families in accessing services for their children.

Family Support Services: Resource Centers for Families and Schools helps families and educators in Worcester County by:

  • Providing support, information, and resources on disabilities and community services
  • Assisting families to resolve concerns and make informed decisions regarding their child's education
  • Increasing parent involvement and collaborative partnerships between families and professionals

Family Support Services: Resource Centers for Families and Schools promotes partnerships and parent involvement in special education by offering the following:


  • An information and Referral Center - to answer your questions
  • Multi-Media Lending Library - resources available for you to borrow


  • Understanding Special Education (USE) - an introductory course designed to help families and educators understand the special education process and procedural safeguards.
  • IEP Participation/Successful IEP's - Understanding the role each member of the IEP team plays and how to participate successfully.
  • Transition at 14 - a workshop which will assist in the process of transitioning from school into adult life.
  • Caring for the Caregiver - For caregivers who are providing long-term care for others at home.
  • Stress Management - A fun approach for understanding the good and bad of stress and how to use them to your benefit.
  • Stepping Ahead to Success - Transition at age 3.
  • Ready Set Go! - Understanding the importance of positive preparation of families to enter into or return to school.
  • 1, 2, 3 Magic - Discipline strategies for children.
  • Letter of Intent - Learn what a letter of intent is and make a notebook for caregivers to understand the family's wishes for the future of your child with disabilities.
  • All About Me - Make a book all about your child that will become a tool to use with daycare providers, teachers, doctors, and others that will come in contact with your child. This book can be used as a wonderful tool to open communication and start dialogues with others.
  • Passport to Success - Mini-session used to help families to become effective parents.
  • Bullying Strategies - Intervention strategies and understanding bullies.
  • Disability Etiquette - For businesses and individuals to understand others with disabilities and how to properly interact.
  • Other Workshops - Seminars and inservices especially designed to meet the needs of families and educators.

Services designed to inform families and build working relationships among families, schools and the community.

Services may include:

  • Special Education Resources
  • Information and Referral
  • Assistance with the I.E.P. (Individualized Education Program)
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Consultation
  • Lending Library
  • Newsletter
  • Information about local, state, and national parent organizations
  • Facilitation of parent support groups

For more information about the Family Support Services: Resource Center for Families and Schools in Worcester County, contact:

Jessica Tawes, Family Support Services: Resource Center for Families and Schools in Worcester County 6270 Worcester Highway Newark, MD 21841 Phone: 410-632-5234 Fax: 410-632-3867