Family Center

The Family Center provides family support and respite care services designed to help families care for their children who have an emotional disturbance. Download brochure. View support group info.

Caring for a child with special needs can be difficult and sometimes overwhelming. Family support groups and respite care can reduce stress and pressure and ultimately enhance the parent’s effectiveness.


Family Center is a program that provides family support services designed to enhance the capacity of families to care for their child and reduce the need for long-term psychiatric hospitalization. The primary services provided by the Family Center program are family support and respite care. The program employs Parent Advocates who have personal experience raising a child with behavioral and/or emotional difficulties.
The Family Center program serves families raising children diagnosed with a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) between the age of 5 and 18 who reside in Nassau County.

Family Center does not discriminate because of race, creed, or national origin. It is one of many programs offered by Family and Children’s Association, a nonprofit agency providing residential and support services to Long Island youth and their families since 1884.


  • Family support groups offer parents mutual support by providing opportunities to meet with others who are raising children with emotional disabilities. There is an exchange of information for available resources and supports, and how to cope with the stress of raising a child with an emotional disability. Groups are run by Parent Advocates and offer opportunities to share one’s experience, strength, and hope.
  • Respite offers temporary care to children with an SED diagnosis while providing relief to the family
  • Advocacy for families and children
  • Skills development/training
  • Home visits
  • Parent “warm-line” for support and information

 To get an application for Family Center, please click here.

Family Center is funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health and the Nassau County Department of Mental Health

Christine Miller, LCSW, Director
400 Oak Street
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516.485.5914
Fax: 516.565.6095

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