Special Needs Children

Raising special needs children requires a lot of strength, energy, and knowledge from a parent. Reaching out for both emotional and logistical support from other parents or community organizations is a crucial part of feeling grounded and connected in your daily life with special needs children.

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A angel mother cradling her child; Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel

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