B3-A: Navigating the Decisions and Challenges of Group Homes

Having a child with autism presents many hard questions: What will my child’s life look life if he or she never gains maturity and independence? How will allowing my child to transition to a group home affect the family? What will happen when I can no longer take care of my child because I’m too old? What will happen if my child outlives me?

The good news is that there is hope. If you as a parent become an advocate for your loved one with special needs, you can answer these and many other questions. In her books, Journey to Acceptance and Uniquely Me!, author Michelle Vanessa O’Reilly delivers an honest reflection on the life of a mother navigating the challenges of raising an autistic child. She details how embracing God through challenges and sometimes violent aggressions led to a wonderful placement for her son, Justin. She has learned to follow her faith as she makes decisions on the journey, and now she seeks to give encouragement and insight to other families who are beginning their own journeys.

In this session, you will receive direction and encouragement on how to navigate the challenges of group homes, school systems, and daily living with a child on the spectrum.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Session attendees will receive support and encouragement to navigate the challenges of group homes.

2. Session attendees will receive support, encouragement, and tips to navigate school systems.

3. Session attendees will receive support and tips in relation to making the difficult, life changing decision of selecting a group home or if the individual would be better served in their childhood home.

Adult Family Transition


Skip to content