These resources have been compiled by our Parent Coaching team to help families who may be facing a crisis or who have a problem that requires professional attention.

Kids with ADD or ADHD

National Institute of Mental Health

ADHD information and publications, including symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatment. Also includes links to resource books.

CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Offers resources for children, adults, professional and parents for understanding ADD, finding support, and advocacy.

The Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Offers resources for adults with ADHD, such as webinars and assistance in connecting with professionals.

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Has information about LD/ADHD kids for parents and educators.

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Kids with ADD or ADHD

Bullying Prevention and Awareness

Has information on bullying, how to prevent it and how to stop it.  Also has sections for kids, teens, educators, parents and the community on their role in ending bullying, and tips for how to respond.

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Bullying Prevention and Awareness

Boot Camps

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Teenage Boot Camps, Wilderness Programs and Military Schools: Are They Effective?

Is Boot Camp the Only Option for Your Child? Read This First

Depression and other Mental Disorders

National Institute of Mental Health

For parents who need help identifying what depression, bipolar and other mental health disorders look like in a child.  Also offers news and latest research on mental health.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Getting information to questions about substance abuse and mental health.  News, email updates, and FAQS for parents.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Has “Facts for Families” in numerous languages on a wide variety of topics, such as various diagnoses, divorce, grief, abuse, internet, school services and video games.

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Depression and other Mental Disorders

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Offers information and support for people who are experiencing domestic violence, as well as families of victims/survivors. Has information in English/Spanish, as well as TTY access numbers.

Children of Domestic Violence

The aim of this organization is to assist those who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence as children to “reach their full potential and break the cycle of violence.” Also offered is a free, interactive online curriculum, “Change A Life,” which gives training to adults on how to intervene, offers safety-planning skills, and explains how to build resiliency in children affected by domestic violence.

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Domestic Violence

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

For referrals to treatment centers, general information about eating disorders, videos, books and more.

Help hotline: 800-931-2237

Foster/Adoptive Parenting

Offers training for a nominal fee for foster parents, adoptive parents and kinship caregivers on topics specific to foster parenting such as impact of fostering on kids, sexualized behaviors, house safety and the role of mandated reporters.


Serves families who are starting the process to foster/adopt, waiting for a placement or who are looking for post adoptive resources. Has information by state for both fostering and adoption.

National Council for Adoption

Offers information and resources about a variety of topics related to foster and adoptive parenting.

General Resources


2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral. Call 2-1-1 for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.


Kinship Care

Child Welfare Information Gateway Kinship Care Resources

Applicable laws, resources, and services and polices for grandparents raising grandchildren.

Online Safety


Has information for kids, teens and families about how to stay safe online. There is also a breakdown by age of child, information on kinds of risks, a glossary, tools for families and links to kid-friendly sites.

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Online Safety

Child and Teen Runaways

National Runaway Safeline

“We are the federally-designated national communication system (hotline and website) for runaway and homeless youth. Youth and family members call 24 hours a day to work through problems and find local help from social service agencies and organizations. Some callers just need someone to talk to; others need help finding a shelter, food, medical assistance, or counseling. Some callers are on the streets; others are struggling with other issues and we work with them to identify options to prevent them from leaving their home, when possible and if appropriate.”

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Running Away Part I: Why Kids Do It and How to Stop Them

Running Away Part II: "Mom, I Want to Come Home." When Your Child is on the Streets

Substance Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse (from the National Institute of Health)

For those needing help identifying and evaluating if their child is abusing drugs and/or alcohol. This organization also offers free publications and pamphlets.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

For questions about substance abuse and mental health. News, email updates and FAQs for parents.

The Partnership at

Parent Help Line (English/Español)

1-855-DRUGFREE (378-4373)

Focused on parents preventing and responding to their child’s use or abuse of substances. Offers blogs, parent guides, screening tips and publications.

Offers support and information for people looking to quit tobacco products. Also offers ways to show support to people looking to quit tobacco products.

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Substance Abuse

My Child Is Using Drugs or Drinking Alcohol—What Should I Do?

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.” Has links to phone/online chat support on website. Also has services in Spanish, and services specifically geared to veterans.

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Younger Children

Zero to Three: National Center for Policy on Infants, Toddlers and Families

Offers information on normal early childhood development and behavior through articles, publications, interactive tools and other parent resources. Addresses common topics such as play, sleep, eating habits, early literacy/language development and challenging behaviors.

Office of Child Development, University of Pittsburgh

Offers Parenting guides in Resources sections; PDF files that deal with common issues which may arise in parenting. Mostly geared to younger kids (birth-6.)

Empowering Parents articles on this subject:

Younger Children

And don’t forget these resources

Pediatrician or Family Doctor

For questions regarding toilet training, child's abnormal sleeping and/or eating patterns, etc.


For questions surrounding child's medications and behavior.


When child or teen is physically abusive or family is unsafe with the child in the home.

The Department of Child Services/Social Services/Human Services (title varies from state to state):

For questions regarding laws in your state around parenting and childcare.