Family Support Referral
Respite and Family Support is a program with Easter Seals Southern Georgia. Thirteen counties are served out of the Valdosta Office. The great thing about Family Support is that it is a need based program, not income based. Clients who qualify for Family Support have to meet the following criteria:
At least 3 years of age
Must have a diagnosis of a developmental disability (Autism, Downs, Cerebral Palsy, MR, Epilepsy, etc.)
Family Support provides diapers, wipes, gloves, travel reimbursement to doctor’s appointments at least 50 miles one way (100 round trip), Nutritional Supplements, Recreational Activities such as YMCA Family Memberships, horseback riding lessons, swimming lessons, Summer Camps, Ballet, Sports, Karate, etc. Family Support also helps with vision/dental services not covered by Medicaid as well as specialized medical equipment. We also provide respite care to include Megan’s House (fully staffed home with CNAs 24/7 to provide care for your child) or a person of your choice 20 hours max a month to watch your child.
For an application, please contact Easter Seals’ Valdosta Office at 229-247-6912.
Easter Seals is a wonderful organization who truly helps our daughter,
Caris. Caris is a 14-year-old girl with a love of gospel music. Her favorite musicians are Brenda Lee, Guy Penrod, the Oakridge Boys, and Faithful Servants, to name a few. She studies gospel music almost every day and enjoys southern gospel sounds above all. One of her favorite things to do is share her love of gospel music to residents of local nursing homes. She talks about music with them and sings songs too! We encourage her positive interests and do our best to help her with the daily struggles she faces from having autism spectrum disorder and sensory processing disorder.
The Champions for Children program has helped Caris with medical appointments, sensory reducing devices, music therapy, and much more over the years. In fact, the people who make up the Easter Seals of Southern Georgia division go above and beyond! Kathy Sutton with the Champions for Children program, Heidi Bryant, and Kristin Baumgartel are caring and generous individuals. Kathy even asks how things are going periodically and makes suggestions based on things that have helped other ASD children. Heidi and Kristin send out helpful reminders to us too!
Daily challenges can be overwhelming at times, but with support from the helpful people listed above, it becomes less daunting I honestly do not know where we would be without Easter Seals and the Champions program. The help we received from them recently helped Caris get past a very difficult transition period. While there may be more struggles in the future, at least we know we have an advocate. These advocates work hard to ensure those with autism live healthier more productive lives.
Building a Brighter Future
Ages of Children in Program: Birth to 18 years old
Number Enrolled in Program: 340 children across Georgia
Number Tentatively Approved for Program: 15 children in final stages of intake
Most Commonly Requested Services: Therapies, medications, medical supplies and medical services
Most Prevalent Diagnoses in Program: Cerebral palsy, pervasive developmental disability and Autism spectrum disorders.
Megan’s House: A respite home for children with three locations in Albany, Valdosta and Waycross Georgia!
Easter Seals Southern Georgia: Heels and Wheels – ~Annual sprint distance duathlon and triathlon raising funds for Megan’s House held at Laura S. Walker State Park near Waycross. Click here for more info.
Easter Seals Middle Georgia – Celebrating 40 years of service: Visit a Friendly Gus convenience store near you and MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Buy hang tag for $1 and help children and adults with disabilities.
Easter Seals East Georgia: We are in the process of developing some new programs targeted specifically for individuals on the Autism Spectrum to get and keep jobs. More>>
Easter Seals West Georgia:
*Assistive Technology – for children with special needs (birth-age 6) living in GA. The funds for this grant are made possible by the Georgia Department of Public Health through the Georgia Children and Elderly Fund.
Call Katie at (706)256-0413 for more information.
Easter Seals Southern Georgia Main Office
1906 Palmyra Road,
Albany, GA 31701-1598
Call for services in your area.
24 S. Scott Street
Camilla, GA 31730
1301 E. Union St.
Vienna, GA 31092
260 W. Walnut Street
Jesup, GA 31545
505 Elizabeth Street
Waycross, GA 31501
610 N. Patterson St. Ste A
Valdosta, GA 31601
Easter Seals provides:
Easter Seals Southern Georgia Solutions Day Program
The mission of Easter Seals Solutions Day Program is to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities experience valued roles in the community by providing services and training that supports individual choices and opportunities. There are four Day Solutions Centers located in South Georgia including Tifton, Cordele, Vienna, Albany, and Leesburg.
Easter Seals Southern Georgia creates solutions that change the lives of children, adults and families with disabilities or special needs by offering a variety of programs and services that enable individuals to lead lives of equality, dignity and independence. For more information call
1906 Palmyra Road
Albany, GA 31701
601 E. 13th Ave
Cordele, GA 31015
1402 Tift Ave N.
Tifton, GA 31794
1301 E. Union St.
Vienna, GA 31092
Easter Seals’ Valdosta Office serves thirteen counties by providing services to children and adults with special needs. So how does an individual qualify? He/she must be at least three years of age with a diagnosis of a developmental delay, Autism, Downs, MR, CP, Epilepsy, etc. Family Support is a NEED based program, NOT income based. Our services provide clients with the following: diapers, wipes,gloves, Nutritional Supplements, Recreational/therapeutic activities (horseback riding, music lessons, karate, Ballet, Soccer, Miracle League, Boy/Girl Scouts), Travel Reimbursement to doctor’s appointments that are out of town, dental/vision services denied by Medicaid, Respite Care (Megan’s House or parents’ choice of provider). We are approaching the end of a school year and just an FYI Summer Camp is covered under Family Support as well. The goal of Family Support is to keep families together. We understand that the amount of stress involved is overwhelming and it is our goal to accommodate each family’s unique needs.
Family Support – Provides the following services:
- Gloves & wípes
- Travel reimbursements to medical appointments
- Dental services
- Medical equipment not covered by Insurance or Medicare/Medicaid
- Therapeutic services such as horseback riding, soccer, ballet, gymnastics, karate, T-ball, etc.
- Summer camps
- Respite care (your choice or Megan’s House)
- Specialized clothing
- Diagnostic Services
- Recreation/ Leisure Activities
- Environmental Modifications
- Parent/ Family Training
- Specialized Nutritional
- Financial and Life Planning
Easter Seals Southern Georgia cannot pay for any services covered by Medicaid, Medicare or Private Insurance.
Family Support Coordinator
Respite is time limited, temporary relief provided to the primary caregiver of individuals with a disability. Respite allows families, who may otherwise be home bound, the opportunity to enjoy a well deserved break. This service is designed to relieve families/caregivers of the physical or emotional stress associated with caring for an individual with disabilities. Respite may be provided in or out of the home, and may include the care of other young children. Families may select their own respite provider from relatives, neighbors, friends, etc.. However the person must reside outside of the caregivers home. The respite provider selected by the family must undergo a criminal background check and be CPR certified. Once an individual has completed this process, Easter Seals may pay them to provide respite. Easter Seals will pay a respite provider $7.25 per hour or $45.00 per day (consisting of seven or more consecutive hours).
Megan’s House – respite for children who have developmental disabilities, a diagnosis of autism, or medically fragile.
Megan’s House is a children’s respite home located in Albany, Valdosta and Waycross. These homes are the only ones of their kind south of Atlanta.
- Care is provided by qualified, experienced Direct Support Professionals
- Individual Care Plans are developed by a Registered Nurse
- Respite care may be for crisis situations or scheduled visits
- May serve a maximum of two (2) children at a time
- Ages 0-17 are welcome
- Servíces are as little as 24 hours up to 2 week.
- Cost based on sliding fee scale – scholarships available
Easter Seals Southern Georgia
Megan’s House Coordinator