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Families with Exceptional Needs

Families with Exceptional Needs

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The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) identifies family members with special medical or educational needs. Assignment coordination is the primary function of the program. During the detailing process, every effort is made to ensure that family members are located where their special needs can be met. Children with special needs have many resources available in San Diego to assist with support and guidance to help navigate the special education system through the many school districts. A list of both military and civilian resources that are available to you is outlined in the following paragraphs.

EFMP is a mandatory program requiring enrollment of all dependents that reside with their active-duty sponsor and have special needs. For additional information or resources, contact your EFMP office at

EFMP Family Connection: Would you like to meet other EFMP families to network, share information and learn about resources? Contact for more information about this family-friendly group.

Flourishing Families: Flourishing Families is the parent resource guide for children with special needs. It contains over 650 resources in San Diego County. Read informative articles that offer help and encouragement to families with special needs at

San Diego Regional Center (SDRC): SDRC provides a variety of services to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. These services are in addition to those provided within the health, education and social services systems. Contact

Military OneSource provides information and workshops for EFMP families. On this website, parents can download a DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit. The toolkit provides comprehensive information and tools that are geared toward helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, and benefits and entitlements. Visit

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