If you've landed on this page, you're deep into research about group home placement. By this point, you've found a few agencies with group homes and you want to take the next step and send in an application and referral packet. I can tell you what I did with our son, Ben. It may be different for your family, based on your comfort level with sharing information with others. Most agencies will have an application to complete. Some will ask a lot of questions and some won't. No two are alike – I've completed more than 10. I wish they had a Common App for group homes. Always include the contact information for your child's care or case manager. I sent a copy of the most recent document with every application: Budget for services, if your child has one IEP - Individual Education Plan ISP - Individual Service Plan Legal Guardianship document Medicaid Card Medication list Photo of Ben - I use every opportunity to make the process about a person and not some unk
These stories describe our journey with Ben, our oldest son. Ben is a sweet and energetic redhead, born with a rare genetic mutation. My husband, Ryan, and I try to keep up with Ben and his two younger brothers. I intend to shed insight into raising a child with disabilities and pass on the wisdom we’ve earned over the past two decades.