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All members of the family are affected by one member with a disability. Every family is unique. Culture, family values, emotions, physical and financial resources and views on issues such as sexuality, all influence the family dynamics. Siblings may feel that all of the attention is focused on the child with a disability and the role of grandparents may change.


Your  Relationship

Spouses may respond differently to having a child with a disability. The level of care that your child needs, financial concerns,  and other challenges may keep you from spending the time you need to protect and strengthen your relationship.

Protecting Your Marriage

Building Relationships

 Single Parents

Carrying the load alone is challenging in the best of  circumstances. Single parents of a child with special needs will need extra help and support.

Parents without Partners

A Guide for Parents Living Apart


FOCUS-GA Dads Share Group

Fathers Network

Father Work

National Center for Fathers and Families

Dads of Babies with Disabilities

Jonah and The Whale Foundation

 Military Families

There is a Parent Training and Information Center just for military personnel who have a child with a disability. The staff members of this center are parents from military families who understand your challenges.

STOMP-Specialized Training for Military Parents

Exceptional Family Member Program-Army

Exceptional Family Member Program-Navy

Exceptional Family Member Program-Marines

Air Force Aid Society- Respite Care

US Coast Guard

Parent Tool Kit

Listervs for Families



Grandparents are affected twice by a child with a disability. They grieve for their own child, the parent, and for their grandchild. Their love and help can be invaluable. Sometimes they are even called upon to assume a parental role.

Project Healthy Grandparents

Suggestions for Grandparents


Brothers and sisters of children with disabilities may have a variety of issues with which they struggle.  They may have difficulty sharing those because they know moms and dads have a heavy loadalready.  Or they may feel bad that they are angry or jealous of the time their sibling requires. They need time to share their feelings openly and know that they are loved.

What Siblings would like parents and providers to know

Sibling Support Project

 Foster and Adoptive Families

Adoption Assistance in North Dakota

North Dakota Adoption Assistance Brochure

 ND Adoption Program