Local Resources

for Families and Children with Special Needs

The Arc of Kitsap and Jefferson Counties provides resources and support for families and individuals with developmental disabilities. See www.arckj.org.

A.S.I.F. (Autism Support) meets the third Tuesday at 7pm at The Arc of Kitsap/Jefferson Counties in Bremerton. Call Holly at 360-377-3473 for additional information.

Bridges to Parent Voice (Mental Health Support) provides support groups for parents of children with challenging behaviors/mental health issues, workshops, and resource information. Call 360-692-1582 for additional information.

Campfire USA provides babysitting services for children with developmental disabilities. It is also starting a monthly activity group for teens with special needs. Call Jesse Gaudio at 360-377-5513 for additional information.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) Kitsap County Chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month in Silverdale at the Peninsula Bible Fellowship Church, 1111 NE Waaga Way. You can find information about Kitsap’s chapter by going to the CHADD website at www.chadd.org or by contacting Lynn at 360-779-5362 or Kerry 360-697-3922.

Head Start Program in Kitsap County has several local programs. The Bainbridge Island Program is administered through Kitsap Community Resources (KCR), 360-473-2075, and the North Kitsap Program has programs administered both by KCR or Olympic Educational Service District 114 (OESD 144), 360-478-6897. Either program can share information about locations, enrollment requirements, etc.

Holly Ridge Center, the local neuro-developmental center for infants and toddlers (birth to 3), provides screening and resources for families. 360-373-2536 or visit www.hollyridge.org.

Kitsap County Father’s Support Network meets the third Saturday of each month from 10am to noon, but call to confirm. For more information about this group that supports fathers, grandfathers, and other male family members of children with disabilities, call Doug Stauner, 360-692-4670, or visit fathersnetwork.org.

Kitsap County Parent Coalition provides advocacy and training support and a monthly newsletter of current events throughout Washington State for individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information call Nancy Martin at 800-347-7387.

Mom’s Time Out is a group that supports all mothers of children with special needs. Information and ideas are exchanged while friendships are built in the community. It meets the third Friday of every month at Starbucks across from the Wal-Mart in East Bremerton. Call Charelaine at 360-692-3701 for additional information.

Parent to Parent Kitsap County offers parent mentoring and support, a lending library, and newsletter. The program also offers Sibshops for siblinlgs 7 to 13 years of age. For more information call Holly Patton at 360-377-3473 or visit www.arckj.org.

UPSIDE Down Syndrome Support Group of Kitsap County meets monthly with guest speakers. Childcare is provided. For more information call Sharon Domermuth at 360-308-0187.

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