Children’s Special Needs Network (CSNN) is a non-profit organization based in Belton, Texas that assists families and professionals in providing services for children in Central Texas who are diagnosed with physical or psychological special needs.
Since 1990, CSNN has provided a wide range of direct services and connects families with medical, educational, and social service resources in their communities—regardless of diagnosis, condition, age, income, or residence. It also serves as a conduit, advocating on behalf of children in need and calling on churches, health care providers, schools, and others to rally around some of the most in-need members of our Central Texas communities.
To schedule an appointment to visit with the staff about our services, please call 254-933-7597.
Participation in the Children’s Special Needs Network is open to all persons interested in promoting the well being of children with special needs. Parents, grandparents, organization representatives, healthcare professionals, educators, agency members, businessmen and women, and other interested individuals have contributed time and energy to CSNN projects.
Currently, CSNN has extensive participation from professionals in virtually all healthcare fields (physicians, dentists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, speech pathologists, psychotherapists) along with social workers, educators, and others who provide services for children with special needs.
We service the following counties in Texas: Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hays, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Washington, and Williamson. Services include…
Annual Conference for parents and professionals to obtain training on a variety of topics. The conference with exhibits, meals and childcare are provided without cost for families.
Afternoon Respite one Saturday afternoon each month for families to bring all of their children (including siblings of child with special needs) for fun activities to give parents a much-needed break. Respite is held in Temple, Killeen and Waco.
Diaper Week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the second week of each month is Diaper Week; registered clients are eligible to receive one box of diapers, Pull-Ups, or GoodNites.
Reimbursement for funds used for: in-home respite (child care that gives care givers a break!), medical equipment, supplies and medications that Medicaid or private insurance doesn’t cover.
Scholarships to Camp so that children can have a fun week of horseback riding, swimming, canoeing and socializing with new friends while their parents receive a week of needed respite care.
Conference and Workshop Fees so that caregivers can receive information to assist them in caring for their children with disabilities.
Information and Referral to parents and professionals inquiring about services available for children with special needs.
Breakfast with Santa – our annual fundraiser enables us to better serve the community and allows families to meet each other.
20th Anniversary Father-Daughter Dance – free for special needs families with a daughter aged 18 and under. This event is Saturday, February 2, from 3:30pm – 5pm in the main hall of the Cultural Activities Center in Temple.
Join the Pride: Celebrate Differences – Celebrate Success – a disability and resources fair for all ages with music, vendor exhibits, and animal rehabilitation keeper talks on April 28th, 2019 from 11am-3pm at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco.
Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children: Sunday May 26th, from 1-4pm.
Each adult attending will need to fill out our release for individuals age 18+.
VPKRC release for individuals age 18+: https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=8b3d024d-9cd3-469f-b3d3-018020fd7bec&env=na2&v=2
Then one release form for individuals under age 18 can be filled out by the parent for all children in the family.
VPKRC release for individuals under age 18: https://na2.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=1fd0f0d5-6325-4161-9b76-e14ef54af8b6&env=na2&v=2
For your tracking purposes, you will receive an emailed copy of each release that is completed.
- Registration is required for each person attending the event. If an individual is not registered, they will not be able to participate. If “parent/sibling” tickets are sold out, please call the CSNN office at 254-933-7597 to see if more tickets can be made available.
- Our events are for children (age 0-21st birthday) with special needs, their parents and siblings, and a nurse or therapist if necessary. If you have questions about this policy, please call the CSNN office.
- For some of our events, it is necessary that you arrive on time. If you are late to an event, you may either not be able to participate or you may be responsible for the cost of the activity.
- Parents are required to remain with their children at all times during CSNN events.
- If you find that you will not be able to attend an event that you have registered for, please call the CSNN office so that another family may have the opportunity to enjoy the event.