Family Services

Family Support Services (FSS) is designed to provide support to families of children with differing abilities living in the community.

What does FSS offer?

  • Personalized services based on individual needs and preferences.
  • Advocacy in obtaining and maneuvering community resources.
  • EPI Parent Community Learning.
  • Resource information and referral.
  • Respite care reimbursement and resources.
  • Sibling support programs.
  • Family activities.
  • Assistance with funding resources.

Is my family eligible for Family Support Services?

Any Harford or Cecil family of a child with a developmental disability between the ages of birth to 21 is eligible for our services.


Are you a family looking for funding or respite care for your child with a disability? Please click here to apply for services.

Are you a family with a child with a disability who is in need of assistance in paying for respite care? Please click here to apply for funding.

Are you a returning family needing to update annual paperwork? Please fill out the redetermination form for proof of continued eligibility for services.

DDA Request For Service Change

Individuals receiving funding from the DDA can request a change (i.e. increase, decrease, addition or deletion) in services at any time as noted in DDA’s Eligibility for and Access to Community Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (COMAR D).

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Services For Transitioning Youth

An increasing number of students exiting Harford County Public Schools at age 21 have requested vocational services.

The Arc NCR’s Transition Coordinator works with the school system throughout the year, prior to graduation, to support students and their families in transitioning from school to work.

Information for Families

Looking for information? LOOK THIS WAY! The FISS team members have years of research and information available at your finger tips. Please feel free to check out books and videos on topics such as; Autism, Wrights Law and Special Education Rights and Wrongs. For a complete listing of our resources, or to borrow one, contact your FISS Coordinator or Social Worker.

Parent Transition Guide
Walking The Bridge from School to The Adult World: A Transition Guide for Parents, is a planning tool to assist parents and their teen with developmental disabilities to prepare for adult life upon exiting school. This guide is offered to families within Harford and Cecil County Public Schools. As a result of this project we continue to work with our many partners, such as Harford and Cecil County Public Schools and Governments, to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

V-LINC’s What I Wish for My Child is an annual program designed to help realize the dreams of children with disabilities in Central Maryland. Families of these children know how difficult it can be when their sons or daughters cannot participate in the activities that other children can. Each spring, V-LINC takes requests from parents who have a wish for their child, ages 2-21.

Educational links

New for 2016!

Join us for our Family Support Group! Workshops are help at The Arc NCR at 4513 Philadelphia Road in Aberdeen. Below are our upcoming group dates, topics and presenters. Please RSVP to

All workshops are help from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

12-14 Stress Management with Dr.  Renee Wheeler




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Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Mailing Address
4513 Philadelphia Road
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Phone: (410) 836-7177
Fax: (410) 893-3909