Special Needs & Loss

Special Needs Support Groups

“Special Moms Special Kids” is a time for moms and female caregivers to share the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs. Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at a local restaurant. For more information call Kim Barger at 708-7682.

ADHD Support Group – 1st Monday every month, from 7-8:30pm, free childcare available by reservation only. Kirkwood Presbyterian Church, call Family Partnership Center for more info and directions, 941-756-3007

Family Network on Disabilities is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, advocacy, support, training, and education to families that have a loved one with a special need or disability and the community at large through a variety of opportunities and programs in Manatee and Sarasota County. Contact (941) 928-0682 or www.fndmanasota.org for information

MATERNAL ENCOUNTER- For Spanish Speaking Moms: contact Lizzeth Navarro or Gladys Vega 941-708-9363. Español

Parents of Children with Diabetes – Support group forming. Weekly meetings, days and evenings in the Lakewood Ranch area, call 756-0223 for more info

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org, Provides services to families living with diabetes in Manatee County. Contact: Laurie Colton, 941-929-0621

Manasota BUDS (bringing up down syndrome), is an organization for children and families with Down syndrome. Visit www.manasotabuds.com for more information.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) – Health Dept Sarasota Description: Provides vouchers for specific food items for mother or older child: milk, cereal, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, beans, carrots and tuna fish. Provides formula for infants. Send fax to Attn: WIC. Eligibility: Pregnant woman or nursing mother, infants, and children up to age five. Address: 2200 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 Phone: (941)861-2929 Fax: (941)861-2966 Hours: 8am-5pm, M-F Website: www.doh.state.fl.us

Sarasota Parents of Multiples, a support group for expectant parents and parents of twins or more, meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Trinity United Methodist Church, 4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota. Information: 756-7182 or www.sarasotamultiples.com.

Loss & Support Groups

Memories to Hold – Perinatal Bereavement (941) 917-2468

SHARE Pregnancy and Loss Support
(800) 821-6819
SHARE is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization providing support, compassion and hope at the time a baby dies.

(877) 969-0010
An international organization offering grief support for parents, grandparents, and siblings through local chapters organized by grieving parents.

(941) 751-1966
One of 840 facilities across the nation offering Christian counseling to women in a crisis pregnancy. Programs are confidential, and varied. 5111 26th Street West, Bradenton FL 34207

(708) 748-7672
This support group, comprised of parents, grandparents, and siblings willingly share their strength and compassion with the newly bereaved and each other. P. O. Box 95, Park Forest, IL 604466

Bereavement Support Groups – Hospice SW FL Sarasota
Offers support to persons who are grieving the loss of someone in their lives. Also offers specific support groups for: Parents who have lost a child, persons who have lost a loved one to AIDS, & persons who have lost a loved one due to a violent crime. Support groups are offered in 6-week sessions. There are also groups in Arcadia, Bradenton, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Sarasota and Venice. 6055 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34239 (941)923-5822

RAINBOWS – is an international, not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.
Local Chapter: Betsy Mitchell, RAINBOWS Florida State Chapter Director, P.O. Box 51898, Sarasota, FL 34232, t 941-355-1311, f 941-358-5320, rbwsfl@comcast.orgwww.rainbows.org

As parents and grandparents who have walked a special path we now know as “Silent Grieving,” we offer comfort and hope to those who have lost a child and are searching for a place to find healing.
P.O. Box 343, Bradenton, FL 34206
(941) 749-6166 memorial4kids@att.net