Family Resources

Looking for information on community resources or supports?

Capernaum has gathered links to websites that you may find useful. The information in linked websites is not necessarily endorsed by Capernaum, and we are not responsible for the outside content. Always check with your child’s pediatrician regarding any questions you may have about your child’s unique needs.

Assistive Technology/Equipment:

Closing the Gap – Provides a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Provides assistive technology assessment/consultation and training, augmentative and alternative communication, and home environmental control displays.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute >

Minnesota STAR Program – A System of Technology to Achieve Results – STAR’s mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work, and play. Services provided include device demonstration, device loan, device exchange, and reuse/recycling assistive technology.

Simon Technology Center – Provides a variety of core services to help children, families, and professionals including: technology consults, lending library, individualized training sessions, and a forum for buying/selling used equipment.

Technology for Home (LiveLife Therapy Solutions, Inc.) – Assistive Technology Consultation and Technical AssistanceAT consultants for clients with waiver services.

Community Resources:

Branching Grace – An agency that provides free respite to families in the Twin Cities and brings awareness about children with disabilities. 

Bridge to Benefits – A multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota working to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.

Catholic Charities – The mission of Catholic Charities is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community.

Disability Minnesota – Provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues.

Disability Minnesota >

Housing Link – Their mission is “to improve people’s lives through information expanding their affordable rental choices.

Hunger Solutions – A comprehensive hunger relief organization that serves as a link between government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors in an effort to improve access to public nutrition program.

List of Local County Social Service Agencies

March of Dimes – Works to end premature birth and other problems and provides information on pregnancy and development. MN Chapter Phone: 952-835-3033.

Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) – Addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities. A statewide project, MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities.

Minnesota Help – State of MN website to help navigate over 10, 000 helping agencies in the community.

PCA Services – PCA (Personal Care Assistance) services help a person with day-to-day activities in their home and community, health-related procedures and tasks, observation and redirection of behaviors, and instrumental activities of daily living for adults. PCA services are available to eligible people enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program.

PCA Services >

The ARC MN – The Arc provides crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connects them with resources, and stands with them when they need an advocate.

United Way – 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota.

WIC – A supplemental nutrition and breastfeeding program. Find out if you are eligible!


Childcare Assistance – Affordable child care is important! Parents who have low incomes may get help paying for it through various programs.

Childcare Assistance >

Parent Aware – A website that rates daycare providers.

Think Small – A website to help parents to find daycare.

Diagnosis-Specific Information:

Apraxia Kids – All kinds of information and resources regarding the diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

ASHA’s guide to Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) in Children

Autism Society of MN – A nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy, and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.

The Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.

MN Branch:

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) – Agencies’ goals are to: (1) serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, (2) serve as a local face-to-face family support group for families and individuals affected by ADHD, and (3) serve as an advocate for appropriate public policies and public recognition in response to needs faced by families and individuals with ADHD.

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota

Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) provides therapeutic support for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Educational Resources:

Amhurst H. Wilder Foundation – Provides services that build hope and resiliency for children and families through mental health, education, housing, social adjustment, early childhood, and aging programs.

Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood – A multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs.

ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) – Fun and affordable for parents and their children birth through kindergarten.

Gigi’s Playhouse – A Down syndrome Achievement Center that offers free parent networking and provides educational tools, programming tailored for individuals with Down syndrome, and specific, therapeutic or educational learning opportunities to support development of speech-language, social, and motor skills tailored to addressing the universal challenges of individuals with Down syndrome.

Help Me Grow – Birth through age five education resources for developmental milestones and healthy development.

Minnesota Yellow Pages for Kids – Lists providers for therapies, health care specialists, educational consultants, schools, parent supports groups, and more!

PACER (Parents’ Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights) – A Guide to MN parents to the IEP.

Special Education Guide: Support and Resources for Parents and Teachers A go-to resource for mastering the terminology, procedures, and best practices in special education.

The Family Partnership – Strives to be a leader in closing opportunity and achievement gaps for children and families living in poverty by providing high impact, multicultural services, building powerful community partnerships, and changing public policy.

Washburn Child Guidance Center for Children – The state’s leading children’s mental health center, caring for a wide variety of children’s needs.

Educational Materials for Children:

DLTK’s Crafts for Kids – Features a variety of printable children’s crafts, coloring pages, worksheets, and activities including projects for holidays, educational themes, and some of our children’s favorite cartoon characters.

Do2Learn – Provides 1,000s of free pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

Financial Assistance:

Disability Benefits 101 – A resource for finding out about cash benefits available and health care coverage.

Hennepin County – Offers a number of programs to supplement families’ and individuals’ incomes. The type of assistance people receive depends on their life circumstances, family size and type, and other factors.


Children’s Hospitals and Clinics – One of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States with two hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics, and six rehabilitation sites.

Shriner’s Hospital for Children >

County Medical Center Pediatrics – Hennepin County Medical Center has been serving the needs of children for over a century. The care provided has extended from treating the tiniest of neonates in our Newborn Nursery and Newborn Intensive Care Unit to teenagers and young adults up to age 21 in our clinics, Inpatient Unit, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Hennepin County Medical Center Pediatrics >

Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care – A nationally and internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of children, teens, and adults who have disabilities and complex medical conditions.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care >

Medical Assistance – Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (MA-TEFRA) – The TEFRA option allows Medical Assistance (MA) eligibility for children with disabilities whose parents have too much income to qualify for MA or other Minnesota Health Care Programs or who qualify but the cost would be too high.

Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (MA-TEFRA) >

MN Dept. of Human Services:

North Point Health and Wellness – A multi-specialty medical, dental, and mental health center and human service agency located in North Minneapolis.

Pediatric Home Service – PHS is a comprehensive home care agency which provides the following services: Infusion Nursing and Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy and Equipment, Enteral Nutrition, Home Care Nursing (extended-hour nursing), Mental Health, Clinical Online and On-Site Education, and Home Health (skilled nursing visits and social work services).

Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Provides quality care to children with neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries, and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered, and collaborative care environment.

Shriner’s Hospital for Children >

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital – University of Minnesota Health offers a broad range of primary and specialty care services for children and teens working to transform the health of children.