Family Center Nassau


Family Support Services & Respite

Let’s work on this together.

Caring for a child with special needs can be difficult and even overwhelming. We are here to help reduce the stress and pressure of parenting.


Our Program

We help families who have children ages 5 – 21 who have or are at risk of a Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) diagnosis (DSM-V diagnosis, excluding Primary of Developmental Disabilities). Our services are for those who reside in Nassau County.

Family Support services enhance the capacity of families to care for their children who have or are at risk of developing a mental health diagnosis. Services are provided by Family Peer Advocates (FPA) who are uniquely qualified based on their personal parenting experience raising a child with behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. They have first-hand knowledge of services and can connect families with similar experiences for increased support and social networking.

FPA’s assist with resources, engagement, advocacy, empowerment, community connections, natural supports, parent skill development and promote effective family-driven practice.  We believe our services may reduce the need for long-term psychiatric hospitalization.

Services include, but not limited to:

  • Evidence-based parenting courses
  • Family engagement events
  • Family advisory committee
  • Family Support groups in which families exchange information about resources, supports, and coping mechanisms. Referral
  • Individualized support and advocacy
  • Peer Respite Services once a week, providing temporary care to children and relief to the family.
  • Skills development/training

Services available in Spanish and English.


Check out our February calendar of events and workshops here!



  • Age: The child must be at least 5 but not older than 21.
  • Illness: “Serious Emotional Disturbance” is defined by a DSM IV diagnosis (excluding substance disorders, organic brain syndromes, developmental disabilities, and social V code conditions.) and has experienced functional limitations due to emotional disturbance over the past 12 months
  • Capability: The child must be capable of being cared for in the community if provided appropriate services.
  • Voluntary Participation: The child has a viable and consistent living environment with parents/guardians and both child and family are willing to participate in services.


Apply here for Family Center Nassau Respite Services!



9am-5pm, Monday through Friday
*Additional hours available as needed.



Family Center Nassau
377 Oak Street, 5th Floor
Garden City, NY 11530



Call (516) 485-5976
Fax  (516) 565-6095

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