Family Services Department

Adriene Fern, MSE, CPM Director of Family Services

Some Resources in our Community

Adriene is thrilled to be part of the PBSFA family. She has a multifaceted professional background, as an ESE teacher, case manager, workshop facilitator, advocate, certified peer mentor with the Christopher Reeve Foundation and life coach. Personally, she is the proud parent of a young-adult son on the autism spectrum and can share her “walk in your shoes” journey with candidness, authenticity and humor. She will support you with understanding, encouragement and exceptional resources.

Adriene can be reached at 561-533-9917 ext 304. You can also email her by clicking the envelope below.

Resources for Families

2-1-1 Palm Beach Special Needs Helpline 
Main # Dial 211

Staff provides information on health care options, financial assistance, support groups, respite, state and federal programs and more. In addition, specialists can provide an overview of the special-needs system and give direct assistance and support in accessing the various levels of services.

Coalition for Independent Living Options (CILO) – Assistance with SSI and Medicaid

Main # 561-966-4288 ext 105

Provides Advocates/Attorneys teach self-advocacy skills and how to navigate systems and acquire the accommodations people with disabilities need. Advocates attend I.E.P or 504 plan meetings for students with disabilities. Assist individuals to file fair housing complaints and discrimination complaints under Americans With Disabilities Act. They also address crime victims who have a disability or who have developed a disability due to crime victimization.

Turning 18 and Guardianship 

Main #  954-372-7569

The Arc of Palm Beach County (Respite)

Main # 561-842-3213

Provides services from trained and screened caregivers who provide in-home respite care for children and adults who have a developmental disability such as autism, cerebral palsy. Families receive a break from caregiving to enable them to address other issues and needs and reduce their levels of stress.

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Palm Beach & Treasure Coast

Main #  561-297-2023

Agency For Persons With Disabilities (Medwaiver)


Main # 561-837-5564

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