Family support data have been collected for the past 21 years by the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities project. New data were recently collected from the states for fiscal years (FYs) 2005 and 2006 (Braddock, Hemp, & Rizzolo, 2008). This article summarizes trends in family support services and spending nationally and in the individual states.

Support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in the family home, hereafter referred to as “family support,” varies greatly across the nation. States have great latitude in determining what services and supports will be included in their family support program as well as in determining whether children, adults, or both, will be eligible to receive the supports. Services and supports that states offer to families with children or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities may include respite services; financial services, such...

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