Support for Families

How do we support families?


Check out information on parent and family support groups offered by HRC, facilitated by trained and caring HRC staff and learn how you can receive one-to-one, parent-to-parent support from a volunteer Parent Mentor.

Learn about our Sibling Clubs, and how you can sign up your son or daughter, age 6-16, to get together with other siblings of children with special needs.

Learn about Respite Services  that can provide relief for family care givers.

Check out special training events designed to support our families.


Learning About Our Services: 3 Years and Older

New Family Orientation

We want to welcome you to the Harbor Regional Center and assure you that we are here to support you.  We look forward to meeting you at our New Family Orientation to help you learn more about our role and how we can support you.  

You can expect to:

Learn how HRC staff will support you in navigating the Regional Center system

Learn what HRC services and supports are available to help you and your family

Obtain answers to your questions about HRC, our staff and our services


What Are Respite Services?

Everyone needs a break from time to time

Caring for a loved one with a disability can be hard work. Harbor Regional Center can assist with this through Respite Services. 

Respite is a tool that allows parents:


Support Groups

Parent and Family Support Groups Offered by HRC

At HRC, Parent and Family Support Groups offer informative presentations, lively discussions, and of course the opportunity to get to know other parents and families. The following groups are offered at HRC and facilitated by HRC staff members.


Parent to Parent Support

Would you like to talk to another parent who understands the challenges and concerns you are facing.

The HRC Resource Center can connect you with trained volunteer parents of children with developmental disabilities, who are ready to listen and provide support.


Sibling Club

The Sibling Club program at HRC is intended to give brothers and sisters of our clients opportunities to meet with other siblings and obtain peer suport and education in a recreational setting.


Cal Fresh

SSI Recipients Are Now Eligible for CalFresh

Starting in Summer 2019, people will are able to receive CalFresh benefits and SSI benefits at the same time. This presents a tremendous opportunity to increase food security for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities without reducing SSI benefits.