what we do:
child advocacy services

The Arc is an independent advocacy organization that assists individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families in Adams County.  We are here to empower families to navigate the different systems involving the needs of the child/youth. 

Qualifying for Advocacy Services - Need help? Start here.

Advocacy requests are divided between 6 school districts within Adams County (even if the issue is not educational). 

meet the educational and family advocates!

JEANNINE DURST

Advocates in school districts:
Adams 12, District 27J, Strasburg 31J
jdurst@arcadams.org
(720) 634-6884

PAULA CHRISTINA

Advocates in school districts:
District 27J, Westminster Public Schools, District 14, Mapleton, Bennett 29J
pchristina@arcadams.org
(720) 634-6885

Due to the high demand for advocacy services, please allow 2-3 business days for a response after your request has been received.

Intake & Discuss

  • Qualifying for Services
  • Assess the Situation
    • Need
    • Level of Support
    • General Timeframe

Professional Referral

Whenever possible, we encourage and prefer families to contact us directly when seeking advocacy services.  If you are requesting support on behalf of a family, you must first let the parent know you are making the referral.  

What To Expect from Advocacy Services

The Arc provides assistance and guidance to families to resolve the advocacy issue.  We will help families to become more independent and successful.

Three Levels of Advocacy Involvement

  • Level 1: Provide information and resources
  • Level 2: Technical assistance
  • Level 3: Direct advocacy involvement

Areas of Focus

Education, Community Resources, Disability Services & Benefits, Health & Safety, Behavior, Problem-Solving, Conflict Resolution

Help Us Help You!

Please become an Arc of Adams County member

Don't qualify for Arc Advocacy Services?

Check out Advocacy Resources.

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