In 1997, the California Early Start system included family resource centers and networks as specified early intervention service providers. Family Resource Centers work closely with local community agencies, interagency councils, and other organizations within their area. They provide parent-to-parent support, information dissemination and referral, family-professional collaboration activities, and transition assistance for families. They also contribute to public awareness and outreach efforts associated with the early intervention services in their community.
Family Resource Center Number 24 serves families and clients in the Westside area. There are two sites for this center:
Southwest Special Education Family Resource Center
Westside Coastal Family Resource Center
The Westside Coastal Family Resource Center provides information and support for families who have a member with a disability or who are at risk. They also provide the same support for professionals working with individuals who have disabilities. We work collaboratively with the community and the local coordinating councils. We are a special project of the Westside Regional Center and are funded by Part C/California Early Start which is administered by the department of Developmental Services. Westside Regional Center and a variety of community partners provide in-Kind support.
The Westside Coastal Family Resource Center area includes: Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Topanga Canyon, Calabasas, Malibu, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Culver City, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Inglewood, El Segundo, Lennox, Hawthorne, and Gardena.
Key Components Include:
- Family to Family Support
- Transition Assistance
- Resource, Research and Referral
- Parent Education
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Community Outreach
- Multi-media Library
- Leadership Training
- Support Groups