During the 1980s, family support took on broader meanings. The range of family support services was seen in ten broad categories:

  • Outreach (information and referral, prevention and public information)
  • Training of family members and other caregivers (including specialized behavioral and developmental services, sibling services)
  • Counseling (genetic counseling, personal adjustment, family dynamics)
  • Respite (day or overnight, in-home and out-of-home, sitter companions, host families, parent exchange networks)
  • Transportation
  • Special assistance services (home habilitation, home care, and nutritional services)
  • Financial assistance
  • Housing assistance (adaptive equipment and home modifications)
  • Recreation
  • Crisis Intervention.
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