At age three, STAR assists families and children who have been participating in the Birth to Three program to transition into their local public school programs or home school. STAR continues to provide ongoing support to families from the ages of 3 to 21 through the Family Support Services program. The goal of Family Support Services is to provide each family with the necessary resources that will strengthen the family unit and decrease stress. The services are flexible, individualized, responsive to identified needs and designed based on the assumption that families are the experts, best able to determine what services and supports they need.
To the greatest extent possible, Family Support Services maximize integration and participation of the entire family in the community by strengthening the already-existing natural support network and helping to connect the family to community resources.
Some of the resources available include (but are not limited to):
Advocacy for families
Assistance with entitlement programs
General resource and referral
In-home respite care
Locating after-school programs, camps and recreation programs
Locating professional and clinical supports
Parent to Parent connections
Support within the school system
USE (Understanding Special Education) trainings