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Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota (FND) – FLORIDA
Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota (FND) is a non-profit organization that assists families of children with disabilities and special needs to go “From Heartache to Hope – One Family at a Time.” Originally called Parent-To-Parent, the organization was formed by a group of concerned parents of children with disabilities, who wanted to help and support other parents dealing with the same everyday concerns, worries, and issues of raising and caring for their disabled children.
Sarasota/Manatee Respite Services (SMRS) is the Family Network on Disabilities’ comprehensive in-home respite care program. Through this program, a trained respite care worker provides occasional, temporary relief care to a child or children with a developmental or functional disability. This support allows parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs to take a break, rest, or engage in other relaxing alternatives to their everyday situation, thus reducing the physical, emotional, and psychological stress they may experiencing.