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Special Parents Information Network

Organization Mission

SPIN is dedicated to providing support, information, training, community, and resources to the families and guardians of children and adults with special needs. SPIN is dedicated to helping every child reach their full potential by empowering their families and the professionals that serve them.

The Big Idea 2022:
Mental Health Support for SPIN Families

We currently provide parent-to-parent support through our mentor parent program and parent-led support groups, and informational workshops and trainings for families who have children with special needs.

With your support we would like to offer SPIN parents free sessions with a licensed therapist — both group and individual sessions with English and Spanish speaking therapists. Access to mental health counseling can be too costly for many of our families, and services in both languages is a high need.

We have locations in Watsonville and Santa Cruz, and work to ensure that all families who have a child with an IEP, IFSP, or 504 in the County have access to support, resources, and information services. We work directly with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Pajaro Valley Unified School District, and San Andreas Regional Center.

SPIN has helped me find and meet other parents, who are now my good friends, who have a child with the same challenges as my own. SPIN also helped me in a time need with providing my family and I with much needed supplies during lock down.


H. Michael, Santa Cruz, Child Age 7

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Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November

APPLY FOR SANTA CRUZ GIVES!

The 2022 Santa Cruz Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by Tuesday, September 7 and organizations will be notified of their application status Sept. 22-24. Santa Cruz Gives! 2022 campaign kicks off in early November.