Community Resources

Public Charge Fact Sheet for Families

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed significant changes to the way the “public charge test” in federal law is applied to immigrants seeking to obtain legal status. Learn more about this new proposal and its impact on immigrants who use programs that help participants meet their basic needs, including Medicaid, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka “food stamps”), and Section 8 housing.

Families Fact Sheet for Public Charge
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Center for Children with Special Needs
https://cshcn.org/
An information source for families and professionals. Focused on children and youth with special health needs who have physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. 

Parent to Parent
http://arcwa.org/getsupport/parent_to_parent_p2p_programs
Support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities.

Washington State Fathers Network
http://fathersnetwork.org
Support and information for fathers and families of children with special needs.

Washington Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment (PAVE)
www.wapave.org
Information and resources with people whose lives are linked to children and adults with disabilities.

Department of Health Early Hearing Loss publications
www.doh.wa.gov
Department of Health publications about early hearing loss for families.

Washington Hands and Voices
www.wahandsandvoices.org
Supporting families with children who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing by providing families with resources, networks, and information needed to improve communication and educational outcomes for their children.

Family to Family Health Information Center
www.familyvoicesofwashington.com
Working to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

Zero to Three
https://www.zerotothree.org/
Provides information, training, and support for professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange
www.wahbexchange.org/
As part of national health care reform, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is creating Washington Healthplanfinder, an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans and access important cost savings. Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013.