Support Groups

Agape Parents Fellowship, Inc., 3280 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY 14218, tel.(716) 827-5407, Dedicated to providing support services to parents and loved ones with disabling conditions.

Born ha va Me n’ s Foru m , 25 Chateau Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14226, Men’s forum open to fathers and male caregivers of children with special needs which meets once a month.

Bright Options Family Services, Inc., 2372 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY 14225, tel. (716) 891-7996, Provide parenting training services to parents with developmental disabilities. Connected Parents, email Stephanie at connected or visit: Monthly support group for parents and caregivers of children of all ages with Cerebral Palsy.

Crisis Services, Inc., 24 hour hotline-tel. (716) 834-3131, Kids Helpline- tel. (716) 834-1144, Homeless Hotline-tel. (716) 835- 6225, Staffed with professionals who are trained to assist callers that are in a crisis situation.

Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY, 547 Englewood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14223, tel. 716-832-9334, Connects new parents with volunteers who can share their experiences and provide support. GKSN: Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs, The Sibling Support Project and the Kindering Center, On the GKSN website, grandparents have a chance to meet other grandparents through their Yahoo and Facebook groups, share ideas for supporting their kids and grandkids, and even post pictures.

Headway of Western New York, Inc., 2635 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216, tel. (716) 408-3100, Support and advocacy agency for survivors of brain injury and their families. Services include recreational programs, support groups, training & educational programs and a resource library. LD Parents Connect, An on-line community service for New York State parents and family members of individuals with learning disabilities, to assist in seeking information and support to deal with school, community, and family issues.

Parent to Parent of NYS Western Region, 1200 East & West Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224, tel. 800-305-8813, A place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.

The Parent Network of WNY, 1000 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202, tel. (716) 332-4170, Provides parents and caregivers of children with special needs information on workshops and conferences, resource material, and acts as a referral service.