Child Find seeks to identify and assist young children ages 3 to 5 years who are not currently enrolled in school and may need special education services. Evaluations for possible intellectual or physical disabilities are available in the areas of hearing, vision, speech, language, health, learning and developmental delay, behavior management, birth defects, and orthopedic or spinal development. During this time, children will be given a free vision, hearing, speech, language and developmental check. While their child is being screened, parents will be asked to provide general information on their child's development.
Contact your local school district to schedule an appointment and/or to find out more about their Child Find Screening.
Oak Harbor 360-279-5928
South Whidbey 360-221-6808 ext 2206
Friends Helping Friends, Jaemee Witmer
Support group for any and all who are raising a child with special needs. We meet every third Thursday of the month at Aptitude Habilitation Services Office in Oak Harbor (31955 SR 20 Suite #3, Oak Harbor, WA) 7:00pm-8:30pm.
If you have any questions, please email Jaemee
Mother Mentors, Kate McVay
In-home support by volunteers for parents; including playing with children and parents to do other task at home.
If you have any questions, please email:
Parent to Parent, Tiffany Wheeler-Thompson Program for parents by parents who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities or with special health care needs. Providing a network of peer support, referrals, information, and educational workshops. Parent to Parent programs offer emotional support and information about disabilities and community resources to parents who have just learned about or seeking new information on their child's disability, illness or special health care needs.
If you have any questions, please email Tiffany at
Parent directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities. Since 1979, PAVE has provided information, training and support for over 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities, parents and professionals.
Visit their website: wapave.org
Washington State Father’s Network, Mike Etzell
The Washington State Fathers Network (WSFN) connects men with other dads, resources, information and education, plus opportunities for “all family” celebrations. Focus is on assisting fathers as they become more competent and compassionate caregivers for their children with special needs. WSFN is the only regional program in the United States and Canada fully devoted to fathers of children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities. Since 1986 it has opened new doors of hope for thousands of men and their families, providing them with support and resources to be effective, nurturing dads. If you have any questions, please contact Mike at 360-678-7883 or visit the website: fathersnetwork.org
Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
CSHCN is a Federally and State funded Title V Maternal-CHild Health Bureau program offered through Island County. It provides linkage and coordination of services for all children with special needs. Access to equipment and supplies to those families that meet financial and other program eligibility requirements. If you have any questions, please contact 360-678-7940.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) – The EFMP is a mandatory program designed to identify family members with long-term health care or special education needs. The program is to help ensure service members will be assigned to a location where the special needs of the family will be met.
Contact your local Liaison at 360-257-5266
Fleet and Family Support Centers (FFSP) – The FFSP assist Navy leadership in achieving mission readiness by providing active duty members and their families with a wide range of support services that focus on the unique challenges of military lifestyle. In a time when personal and family readiness has never been more important, the FFSP stands ready to assist with every career and life change.
Relocation Assistance Program (RAP)
Personal Financial Management (PFM)
Deployment and Mobilization Support
Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)
Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
Life Skills Education
New Parent Support (NPS) Program
Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Contact your local FFSP at 360-257-NAVY (6289)