Stone Soup Group exists to sustain the health and well-being of Alaskan children with special needs and their families. Through listening to the stories of families, we identify areas of need and work with communities to find solutions.
Families statewide will be empowered to make informed decisions that will ensure every child who experiences special needs receives long-term, quality, coordinated care, and family support.
Stone Soup Group is a nonprofit organization created 1992 by parents of children with disabilities, healthcare providers and social workers who shared a common vision for interconnected, collaborative, family-driven assistance for Alaskan families of children with special needs.
Our name is a nod to the children’s fable, in which, a stranger arrives in a village during a time of famine and no one will share their food. The stranger tells them she can make stone soup and places a stone in some water to boil. Eventually, the curious townspeople gather and she tells them the soup is done, but it would taste even better with a carrot or an onion. One by one, they each decide to contribute a meat or vegetable until there was enough nourishing, tasty soup to feed everyone in the village.
This spirit of collaboration and input of varied experience and knowledge is the philosophy behind the work we do at Stone Soup Group.
Stone Soup Group works with families of children with special needs from birth up to age 26. Our services are available statewide to help families with medical, disability, mental health, and special education issues. Our programs focus on a specific need based on each family’s unique story and most are at no cost to families.