Resources to Support Vulnerable Children

In “Securing Comfort in a Crisis” (June/July 2020), School Nutrition explored the effects of school closures on certain groups of children at higher risk for challenges and struggles—primarily focusing on children in foster care and those with special needs. Even with the start of summer and looking forward to a new school year, these children are likely to have difficulties coping with the changes to come. If you personally know children in these groups or simply want to provide resources to your community, SN has compiled a list of organizations that can offer support.

Children with Special Needs

  • Asperger / Autism Network
    Currently offering free online support groups and virtual “Connection Sessions” for caregivers of children and teens with ASD or similar disorders.
  • The Autism Society
    Call the national helpline at (800) 328-8476, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, and use the online search tool to find an affiliate for local support.
  • The Child Mind Institute
    Participate in Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians, Monday-Friday at 4:30 p.m., or reach out for remote evaluations, telehealth and flat-fee phone consultations for parenting questions at (877) 203-3452.

Children with Anxiety or Depression

  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    Call (800) 985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746

Children in Unsafe Situations

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