Direction Service

This organization has helped people with special needs and their families live their lives to the fullest since 1976. The organization has three major programs, including:

  • Family Support & Service Coordination to help families who have children with disabilities by serving as a one-stop source for information, assistance and support, so they can be safe, secure and successful.
  • Counseling that provides the full range of mental health services for children, adolescents, adults and families experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, childhood impulse and behavioral disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), which works to resolve special education disputes.

To learn more, visit, or call 541-686-5060.

Parenting Now!

Located in Eugene, Parenting Now! is a private non-profit group whose mission is to strengthen families and promote the well-being of children through parent education and support. Parents share parenting experiences, learn more about early childhood development, and access community resources.

Available to parents of infants, 1-year-olds and 2-year-olds is the chance to meet as a group. Led by a professional parent educator, these groups meet for 10 weeks and follow a carefully developed educational curriculum. Children of enrolled parents can take part in creative activities, playtime with developmentally appropriate toys, music and socialization.

This organization also offers drop-in opportunities for families with newborns to help them learn about parenting, meet other families, weigh babies, and consult with a lactation consultant. This drop-in group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon. No fee.

To learn more, call 541-484-5316, or go to

Courageous Kids

When a loved one dies, Courageous Kids provides support for children, ages 6-17, and their caregivers. Weekly support groups are divided by age and are led by trained facilitators. Family members meet separately, but at the same time, to talk about their own experiences. Teens can also join a drama/theater group or become peer-grief educators.

To learn more, contact Program Manager Isa Jennings at 541-242-8693, or go to

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