Family Support

The well being of a young child is, in large part, dependent upon the well being of his or her family. Therefore, the Center supports children by providing support to them and to their families. Staff work to strengthen families by providing:

Individual Family Support

The Center’s staff is here to answer questions, connect families with others who are on a similar journey,  provide short-term counseling, and assist with advocacy and finding  helpful resources in the community. Services are available to families of eligible children from infancy through high school graduation.

Group Family Support

Parent Universities – A variety of workshops or meetings are offered throughout the year. They include meetings about specific visual impairments and other topics to address families’ concerns. Parents are welcome to attend any meetings of interest to them. Childcare is provided during the meetings upon request. We will videotape when possible for parents who are unable to attend.

Buddy Builders Playgroup
– Classes are offered twice a month for parents and their children under the age of three. Parents and children engage in fun activities that have been adapted so that all children can participate in a meaningful way. Once a month, parents meet with staff during class time to learn about resources, get their questions answered and provide support to each other. Children continue to play under the supervision of staff and volunteers. Parents do not need to make reservations, but children do need to have a physician’s health form and immunization records on file in order to attend. (See the link to health forms below.)

Family Activities
– Children and their families also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun family activities throughout the year. The activities are designed so that all children can participate. These events also offer opportunities for family members to meet other families with similar concerns.


Family Support Enrollment Forms

Children currently enrolled for services through DGC for their children up through age 3 need not complete additional admission paperwork to register for Family Support Services. All others, please call 314-776-1300 for information on enrollment forms.