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Below you will find a list of Web resources to help you locate further information about children, parenting, and family life. These are by no means the only resources out there. However, they will make excellent starting points as you begin your search. For additional information, you can also visit our page of local resources.

AARP Grandparent Information Center
The American Association of Retired Persons offers resources for grandparents in all sorts of situations—those living long distance or nearby, those raising their grandchildren, step grandparents, or those with visitation issues.

The mission of the American Childhood Cancer Organization is to provide information and support for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to provide grassroots leadership through advocacy and awareness, and to support research leading to a cure for all children diagnosed with this life-threatening disease.

Joe Bruzzese, M.A.
Author of the Parent's Guide to the Middle School Years, now available for purchase through Amazon.com.  Founder of “The Middle School Years” – the online source for confidently pursuing the middle school years. 

KidsHealth
KidsHealth is a medical resource site sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. The site has separate sections for children, teens, and parents. Topics include nutrition and fitness, stress and emotional health, drug and alcohol use, and the changes associated with puberty. The site designers have done a wonderful job of making the site friendly to users of all ages. In addition, much of the information in each section has been translated into Spanish

LDOnline
This award-winning site focuses on all aspects of learning disabilities and ADHD, with separate sections for parents, educators, and children. You can learn more about the causes and symptoms of these disorders, as well as different approaches to treating them, both in and outside the classroom. Portions of the site are also available in Spanish.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network. Local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

Reach Out
Reach Out is an information and support service using evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help them recognize their own strengths and use those strengths to overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary.

StopBullying.gov
From playground teasing to cyber bullying this site grants essential facts to ensure your child’s safety and happiness should you find that you are dealing with bullies.

Thinking Forward Video Show
Your 5-minute, daily dose of ideas for thriving during the middle school years. Find more information at their website, tweet, Facebook, on their featured articles or phone: 805-889-2142.

Tufts University Child & Family WebGuide
This site is a meta-site, designed to allow parents and caregivers to search for sites which have been screened and deemed reputable and accurate.  Sites are divided into five categories: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health, and resources/recreation.  Alternatively, viewers may search by age range.  The WebGuide also contains listings of one-of-a-kind, special topics, and “ask the expert” sites.