Guidance & Resources for

Families & Caregivers

Resources for Families & Caregivers



The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call or text 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources for children and caregivers. All calls are anonymous and confidential. 
Mental Health America of Virginia’s Warm Line is a peer-run service for individuals, family members, and other concerned parties in Virginia who would like someone to talk to, or who request community mental health resources, or who have specific questions about their recovery journey. Call 1-866-400-6428, Mon-Fri 9am-9pm and Sat-Sun 5pm-9pm. 
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 support for survivors and their loved ones. Call 1-800-799-7233, use the website’s live chat function, or text LOVEIS to 22522. They also provide services for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. 
SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) offers a Disaster Distress Helpline for immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. For services in both English and Spanish, call 1-800-985-5990. To connect with a trained crisis counselor, text TalkWithUs (for English) or Hablanos (for Spanish) to 66746. 




American Rescue Plan Act- Learn More! 

Birth Injury Justice Center- Learn More!

  • The Birth Injury Justice Center is dedicated to supporting anyone who has been affected by birth injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, and other developmental disabilities. We strive to provide answers and guidance to ensure that families receive the assistance that they need to help improve their overall quality of life.

CDC’s Developmental Milestones

Child Care Aware of VA

  • Looking for child care? Child Care Aware of VA has all regulated child care in the state on their database. They can do a FREE personalized search for you based on your needs. You will also get information on types of child care and what to look for. Call 1-866-543-7852 or conduct your own search 24/7 at

CDC Milestone Tracker

DSS Licensing

DSS Subsidy

General Resources

HELP1RVA: Looking for free or reduced-cost services like food, housing, childcare, and work? Enter your ZIP code to complete your personal search to find help. 

Little Free Library: Find one near you! 

Native American Child Care Scholarship Opportunity 

RVA Basics Inspired by the fact that 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years of life, The Basics are five evidence-based principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children during their earliest years!