Family Support Services

Helping families with children who have developmental disabilities.

We have been in this business a long time and we see the invisible world of families raising children with special needs. Our goal is to help make this world more visible to others, by fostering understanding of the real needs of these families and by creating viable solutions for them. Our vision is to live in a world where everyone has access to the assistance they need.

LBSA is available to assist families as they navigate the world of raising their special needs child and, in turn, ensuring the successful future of their special needs adult. We help people make connections in a way that is comfortable, respectful, practical and sustainable. We consider ourselves “matchmakers,” bringing together volunteers with the necessary time and energy and enthusiasm to offer with those families and individuals in need.

Monthly Respite Care Events

Family Support Services offers respite services for families raising children with developmental disabilities. Children and youth ages 5 to 21 receive personalized invitations to theme-based activities and monthly events designed to provide a few hours of respite to caregivers.

2014 Calendar:

Held 2-5 pm in Millis Hall, located directly behind the main building.

Saturday, March 8
Saturday, April 12
Saturday, May 10
Saturday, June 14, in conjunction with Jam Camp
Saturday, July 19
Saturday, August 9
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 11
Saturday, November 8
Saturday, December 13

Pre-registration and RSVP are required in advance. Please use the enrollment form below. There is a $10 per child fee for each event and scholarships are available for those that qualify.

Click here to download an Enrollment Form

For more information, please contact the Family Support Services staff:

Paula Teiken

(507)-645-8866 Ext 155

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Understanding Federal Housing Reform

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Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Arc of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration