All members of the family are affected by one member with a disability. Every family is unique. Culture, family values, emotions, physical and financial resources and views on issues such as sexuality, all influence the family dynamics. Siblings may feel that all of the attention is focused on the child with a disability and the role of grandparents may change.


star4bullet    Your Relationship

Spouses may respond differently to having a child with a disability. The level of care that your child needs, financial concerns, and other challenges may keep you from spending the time you need to protect and strengthen your relationship.

Protecting Your Marriage

Building Relationships



   Single Parents

Carrying the load alone is challenging in the best of  circumstances. Single parents of a child with special needs will need extra help and support.

Parents without Partners

Tips for Single Parents of Children with Special Needs




Fathers Network

Father Work  

National Center for Fathers and Families

Dads of Babies with Disabilities

Jonah and The Whale Foundation





Military Families

There is a Parent Training and Information Center just for military personnel who have a child with a disability. The staff members of this center are parents from military families who understand your challenges.

Military Parent Technical Assistance Center

STOMP-Specialized Training for Military Parents

Military OneSource Exceptional Family Member Program

Exceptional Family Member Program-Army

Exceptional Family Member Program-Navy

Exceptional Family Member Program-Marines

Air Force Aid Society- Respite Care

US Coast Guard

Smooth School Transitions: Tips for Military Families






Grandparents are affected twice by a child with a disability. They grieve for their own child, the parent, and for their grandchild. Their love and help can be invaluable. Sometimes they are even called upon to assume a parental role.

Project Healthy Grandparents

Suggestions for Grandparents




Brothers and sisters of children with disabilities may have a variety of issues
with which they struggle. They may have difficulty sharing those because they know moms and dads have a heavy load already. Or they may feel bad that they are angry or jealous of the time their sibling requires. They need time to share their feelings openly and know that they are loved.

What Siblings would Like Parents and Providers to Know

Sibling Support Project

Mary Anne  Caroline

The Unbreakable Bond by Caroline Addams

Read about the relationship of two sisters, written by the younger sister of a woman with significant disabilities.



Foster and Adoptive Families

What Prospective Adoptive Parents Need to Know

Adoption Assistance in Georgia