You’re invited to sign up for the Parent Alliance’s IEP Bootcamp! It doesn’t matter if you’re considering asking for an IEP for your child or if you’ve been to more meetings than you can count, you’ll learn something new. 
Each morning, for 21 days, you’ll receive information and tips about one section of the IEP to help create a plan day by day for reviewing, evaluating and improving your child’s IEP. With a special focus on their behavior and emotional needs you’ll be well prepared for every meeting.
Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3wfMiiC

General Resources for Families and Children

What Is Neurodiversity?
And how can parents support kids who are neurodivergent?
Tips for Helping Kids With Selective Mutism Go Back to School
What to tell the teacher and how to ease kids back in.
Early Signs of Learning Challenges
Tips that young kids might need support to thrive.
Back-to-School Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling
How resetting expectations and planning ahead can help children with learning challenges.
School Success Kit for Kids With ADHD
Tools and strategies to help manage time, stay focused, and handle homework.
How to Support Neurodiverse Students
Helping kids with common challenges to succeed in school.
Building Healthy Screen Habits
“It’s okay for kids to be bored and not know what to do.”  Learn how to set limits, set an example and build a healthy relationship with screens and social media. 
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How to Help Siblings Get Along
Coping with conflict and fostering strong bonds.
Teaching Kids How to Deal With Conflict
Tips for building lifelong skills.
Therapy for Kids with Depression
Types of therapy that have been shown to work for depression in children and teenagers.
What to do if You Think Your Teenager is Depressed
Start by listening without judgment, not trying to ‘fix’ them.
How to Work Well with Your Child’s Therapist
A good relationship with the mental health professional treating your child is key to a successful outcome.
How to Change Negative Thinking Patterns
Recognizing unhealthy thinking errors called cognitive distortions.
Helping Young Children Who Are Socially Anxious
Tips for helping reluctant children join in play and group activities.
Anxiety and Being Kind to Yourself
How self-compassion can help parents manage anxiety.
How to Help Kids Who Are Lonely
What parents can say to kids who are struggling socially and how they can help.
Ask an Expert: How Do I Tell My Child About My Mental Health Issues?
Take it slow and communicate that you aren’t afraid to discuss mental health.
Social Challenges of Kids With Learning Problems
Learning problems can affect not just school but communicating and connecting with other kids.
When Parent and Child Both Have ADHD
Treatment for Mom or Dad may be important for kids, too.
What Is Social Anxiety?
When fear of how you appear gets in the way of functioning.
How to Help Kids With Sleepover Anxiety
A step-by-step plan for building comfort (and courage!) away from home.
How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied
What are the signs of bullying? When does the teasing become torment?
Helping Girls With ADHD Make Friends
Social skills don’t always come naturally.

Violence Reduction/Victim Resources

Supporting Families: Young Children and Gun Violence

The tragedy at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas is heartbreaking. We share the following resources to help parents and professionals meet the unique needs of infants and young children and address the effects of trauma in early childhood.

Up The Block Resources for those Affected by Gun Violence

If you have been affected by gun violence or are looking for resources for violence prevention and healing, visit: www.uptheblock.org/en/


The PHILLY TRUCE APP puts Philadelphians with knowledge of potentially violent conflicts in direct contact 24/7 with trained mediators. Click here to download www.phillytruce.com

Cease Fire Philadelphia

Call Cease Fire to stop violence from happening 215-913-6917. Go to www.philaceasefire.com to learn more.

Anti-Violence Partnership (AVP)-Counseling Center

The AVP Counseling Center, counseling is provided, free of charge, to adult and child co-victims of homicide and victims who have been traumatized by other forms of violence. AVP’s licensed counselors have specialized training and experience in assisting co-victims homicide and victims of crime. 2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 300 Call 215-567-6776 for info.

Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP)

YVRP is a hands-on, anti-violence collaboration in which Youth Workers are assigned to high-risk youth  to protect them from becoming perpetrators or victims of violence. AVRP addresses the needs of these youth.

Call 215-940-0550 NOW for more information or to refer a youth in need.

Intensive Prevention Services

Intensive Prevention Services is an early intervention program for children and adolescents ages 10­-17 years old who demonstrate high ­risk behaviors or at ­risk behaviors. This site ­based program provides after school programming, community service opportunities, mentoring, recreational activities, work preparation programs,social and emotional skills building, and family therapy.Address: 2700 N. 17th Street, Suite 200 Lehigh Pavilion Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone number: 215­-940­-0550. https://www.paan1989.org/

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Great info for families who have experienced trauma or loss. www.nctsn.org/audiences/families-and-caregivers

Mother’s in Charge

Mothers in Charge advocates for families affected by violence and provides counseling and grief support services for families when a loved one has been murdered. Call (215) 228-1718 or go to www.mothersincharge.org for info

Children’s Crisis Treatment Center

Provides high quality mental health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families. Programs include: outpatient mental health services; post-traumatic assistance for children who have experienced a severe emotional trauma; family support; and WRAP around services- 1080 North Delaware Avenue, Suite 600- 215-496-0707, ask for intake.

Local Resources in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Surrounding Counties:

If you, a friend, a family member or someone you know is experiencing a behavioral health challenge and needs family support, resources are available.


Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services (PACTS) is a network of child serving systems and organizations, under the leadership of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility (DBHIDS), that provides evidence-based practices for traumatized youth and their families.


Are you looking for reliable, up-to-date information about resources in the Philadelphia area for children and families? You’ve come to the right place! Cap4Kids will help you find many community agencies that exist to improve or enhance the lives of children, teens and families.

Family Resource Network (FRN)
Support groups who support families. FRN seeks to strengthen “the family voice” in the Philadelphia behavioral health system, pool resources, and make it easier for families to access the many services offered by its members and the system.
Phone: 215-599-5176

Report Abuse

Department of Human Services
Philadelphia DHS provides and promotes safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth at risk of abuse, neglect and delinquency.
Location: 1515 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19102
To Report Abuse or Neglect Call: 215-683-6100
State Child Abuse Reporting Number: 1-800-932-0313
DHS General Information and Customer Service: 215-683- 4DHS (4347)

Child Abuse Registry

Early Intervention

Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS): A division of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, IDS is responsible for two state-funded programs: the Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program and Intellectual disAbility Services.

ChildLink: ChildLink/Philadelphia County provides service coordinators who help children from birth to age three residing in Philadelphia who have developmental delays or disabilities, and their families obtain supports and services.

The Center for Autism: The oldest autism treatment center in the country is a leading provider of services in the Philadelphia region. The Center knows that each person with autism is unique and tailors its programs to the needs of each person and family.

Headquarters:3905 Ford Rd, Suite 6, Philadelphia PA 19131-2844
Northeast Philadelphia: 2801 Grant Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19114-1007
Administrative Offices: 1740 Walton Road, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA 19422-2342
Phone: 215-873-3400

Cradles to Crayons

Provides children, from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities with communities that need.
Address: 30 Clipper Rd, PO Box 779, West Conshohocken, PA 19428
Phone: 215-836-0958

Federal Government Resources

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Telephone: 301-306-7070

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

Telephone: 703-684-7710

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Telephone: 800-950-6264

National Institute of Mental Health

Telephone: 866-615-6464

National Mental Health Association

Telephone: 800-969-6642

National Mental Health Information Center

Telephone: 800-789-2647

National Resource Center on AD/HD

Telephone: 800-233-4050

System of Care

Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Telephone: 240-276-1980

Helpful Publications

Helpful publications are available at no charge from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on topics covering: issues, conditions and disorders; substances; treatment, prevention, and recovery; and professional and research topics.

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