One of the major goals of The Stephan Center is to help match needs with the resources available. These resources range from local support groups and faith communities to research programs, books, and training materials. We are constantly updating and adding to this list. If you have a suggestion for a resource or agency to add to the list, please e-mail us.

The Resources provided are grouped by various types of losses. Grieving occurs around many different loss situations beside death. We have organized the resources alphabetically by type of loss for ease in location. While some of the resources are region specific in most cases those organizations are linked to other similar services throughout the country addressing the same loss. Please contact us if you are in need of a support source which is not listed and we will find the appropriate resources for you. Click on a resource in the list below to get more information.

Addiction Support
Bereaved Parents (Support when a child dies)
Children Support
Disaster Preparation Resources
Financial Support
Foster Care Support Services
Illness Support Services
Incarceration Support Services
Mental Health
Military Deployment and Veteran Support Services
Parenting Support Services
Physical Impairments and Challenges
Senior Support Services/Care giving Support
Special Education/Needs
Widow and Widower Support



Addiction Support


Addiction Guide


Addiction-Recovery Recommended Links


Community Resources: The Effects of Addictions on Society


Education and Resources for Families and Patients


SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)


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Bereaved Parents (Support when a child dies)


Addiction Guide


Bereaved Parents USA


Healing Heart


Compassionate Friends


Grieving Parents


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Children Support


Camp Erin (now part of Eluna Network)


Center for Grief Recovery and Therapeutic Services
Phone: (773) 274-4600


Dougy Center


Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center
2401 E. Gonzales Rd.
Suite 100
Oxnard, CA 93036
Main phone: (805) 485-9643
En Español: (805) 485-9892
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and 1st Saturday of the month: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM


The Elizabeth Hospice
Hospice Care: 800-797-2050 (toll free)
Elizabeth Palliative Care: 833-349-2052 (toll free)
Grief Support: 833-349-2054 (toll free)
Physician Referrals: 833-349-2050 (toll free)


VNAIC Morning Star Center
18169 Bear Valley Rd.
Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: (760) 948-7249


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Disaster Preparation Resources


American Red Cross
Questions, Comments, and other concerns: (800) 733-2767
Southern California:
National Website:


Disaster Relief Centers:

  • No-Burn Inc: Fire protective coating manufacturer: (330) 336-1500
  • No-Burn Inc Northeast PA: (570) 474-5330, Manufacturer inquiries – (800) 989-8577, ask for technical support
  • – Provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.


Government Offices Emergency Services (Cal OES)
California Governor’s Office – Emergency Service: (916) 845-8510
Cal OES contacts:

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Financial Support Resources


California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
3737 Main St. #400
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (800) 952-8356


Financial Assistance for homes – –


Habitat for Humanity


Local City Redevelopment Departments
Justyn Howard, Program Budget Manager for Department of Finance
915 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-1546


Local County Office of Aging


Relief, specific to disasters


USDA Rural Development
Toll free: 1 (800) 670-6533


Social Job Board


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Foster Care Support


AARP/Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Articles related to Grandparents raising grandchildren:


California Children’s Services
General Website:
Sacramento County:
Phone: 916-445-4171 (Sacramento, CA)
Business hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 AM-5 PM


CASA/GAL Association for Children


County Offices – California Department of Social Services


Foster and Kinship Care EducationGeneral Website:
Direct Page:


Foster Parent Association


Inspire Life Skills: For youth leaving the foster care system
Riverside and San Bernardino County: (951) 316-0011


Local County Departments of Social Services:


National Foster Parent Association


The Stephan Center
Phone: (951) 310-4944


Volunteers of America


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Illness Support Resources


American Cancer Society


American Parkinson Disease Association


American Lung Association
Phone: 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)


American Heart Association


Assistance Dogs International – Results for Members who Serve California


Assisted Living Options for People with Disabilities


Caring Bridge
Phone: (651) 452-7940
Customer Care: (651) 789-2300
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Central Standard Time (CST)


Center for Disease Control and Prevention


City of Hope


Department of Public Health (DPH) – State and Local


Housing and Health | Hiv.Gov


Life with Cancer


Medical Alert Service Dogs


Mesothelioma Center


Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos)


MS Society


National Resource Center on Lupus


Parkinson’s Foundation


Pediatric Cancer Foundation


Pediatric Oncology Resource Center


Resource Library | HIV/AIDS


St Jude Hospital


Support for Families When a Child Has Cancer


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Incarceration Support Resources


Center for Restorative Justice Works


Department of Mental Health – Local County of Mental Health


Family Express Bus


Fellowship of Reconciliation
Phone: (845) 358-4601


Get on the Bus (California)


Support and Resources for Families and Victims


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Housing and Health | Hiv.Gov


Info and Resources for LGBTQ Teens and Allies


LGBTQ Resource List | GLAAD


Resource Library | HIV/AIDS


Resources for families of LGBTQ Youth


The Safe Zone Project


Support Resources for LGBTQ Individuals and Families


The Trevor Project


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Mental Health


Assistance Dogs International – Results for Members who Serve California


California Institute for Mental Health Solutions


Healing Companions


Local Departments of Mental Health


Mental Health Resources – Mental Health California


Mental Health Strategies for High School Students


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Mental Health Links


Postpartum Support International (PSI)


Suicide Prevention Resources | AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


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Military Deployment and Veteran Support Services


American Widow Project


Armed Forces YMCAs


Military Spouse Support


Military Once Source: Military Spouse Support


Military and Veteran Benefit


Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)


Office of Survivors Assistance


Operation We are Here


Resources for Veterans – Get the Help You Need


Society of Military Widows


Veterans Benefits Administration


VA Benefits for Service Members | Veteran Affairs


Vet Support Center – Aid and Attendance Benefits


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Parenting Support Services


Families First Center 
Parent Education:


Dr. Jane Nelson – About Positive Discipline


Mental Health Strategies for High School Students


National Parent Helpline
Phone: 1-855-4APARENT (1-855-427-2736)


One Parent Foundation


Parent Education


Parent Education Programs – Child Welfare Information Gateway


Parents as Teachers
Phone: (314) 432-4330
Toll free: 1-(866) 728-4968


Parents Without Partners (Local Chapters)
Bellflower, CA: (562) 630-6275
Arcadia, CA: (626) 294-3211
Riverside, CA: (951) 353-0797
Torrance, CA: (310) 484-9153
San Diego, CA: (858) 597-9313
Valencia, CA: (661) 253-4785


Programs for Early Parenting


Programs for Parents: Comprehensive Services for Families and Children
Parent Education:


Shared Parenting for divorced or separated parents
Contact: Carol N. Greenfield, MA, MFT
Phone: (916) 924-1202


Single Mothers Outreach


Single Parent Support Network


The Stephan Center
Phone: (951) 310-4944


Teacher crafted learning activities


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Physical Impairments and Challenges


Internet Navigation for the Visually Impaired


Vision Center


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Senior Support Services and Care Giving Support




Aging in Place


Alzheimer Society


Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resources | Alzheimer’s Association


American Cancer Society


American Lung Association


Elder Law 101


Elder Law and Disability Rights Center


Elder Law: Disability and Asset Protection Planning


Kisco Retirement Communities


Local County Office of Aging


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)


Senior Law, Elder Abuse, Disability Rights Project


Special Needs Planning


Special Needs Trusts


What does an Elder Law Attorney Do?


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Special Education Needs


Americans with Disabilities Act




Assistance Dogs International – Results for Members who Serve California


Autism Society
Phone: (800) 328-8476


Autism Speaks


Autism Therapy Dogs – 10 Ways They Can Help Your Child with Autism


Bethesda Lutheran Communities


Best Online Tutoring of 2018


The Best Scholarship Search Platforms of 2018


California Department of Education


California Independent Living Centers Locator


Cerebral Palsy Resources for Patients and Consumers


Down Syndrome: Center for Parent Information and Resources


Foundation for Autism Care, Education, and Services


Guide to Living Arrangements for Adults with Developmental Disabilities


How to Decide Between Autism Service Dogs & Autism Therapy Dogs


Independent Living Centers – CA Department of Rehabilitation


Inland Regional Center


Service Dogs for Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities


The Autism Community in Action (TACA)
Toll Free: (855) 726-7810
Local: (949) 640-4401


The Help Group (Autism support)


L’Arche USA
Phone: (503) 282-6231


Local School District Special Education Departments:


National Association for Down Syndrome


National Down Syndrome Society


Pacific Autism Center for Education


United Parents of Down Syndrome


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Widow/Widower Support




California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA)


California State list; Hospice Care Services


Hospice Analytics: National Hospice Locator


Hot Young Widows Club (for men and women)


National Widowers Organization


Resources and Support for Widows


The Sisterhood of Widows


Soaring Spirits International
Phone: 877-671-4071


Society of Military Widows


Widow NetBereavement Support for Men and Women


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