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Dane County Department of Human ServicesUnited Way of Dane County

Over the past 20 years, programs started by parents in the 1970's and 1980's to provide in-home respite care and family support have become established among the valued long-term care resources available today.

Families Can't WaitBut, our job is not finished. Many more families need assistance and, today, over 100 families are waiting for our services. Some will wait two to three years to get help.

Our Families Can't Wait campaign began in 1999 to raise funds to provide financial assistance to meet the most urgent needs of waiting families for respite care and/or financial assistance. Since then, we have raised more than $780,000 that we have used to help over 400 families purchase disability-related goods and services needed by their children. "Families Can't Wait" grants are used to pay for respite care, home and vehicle modifications, adaptive equipment, child care, summer camps, recreation, therapy and medical care, and parent training.

  • Learn more about the Families Can't Wait Campaign and its impact on families.
  • Find out how to apply for a Families Can't Wait Grant. Please note that Families Can't Wait grants are available only to Dane County families who are on our waiting lists for services.
  • Contribute to our Families Can't Wait campaign via a Donation. If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it out to Family Support and Resource Center and mail it to our office at 101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 201, Madison, WI 53713. Credit card donations can be made by calling our office at 608-237-7630. Thank you! 



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