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FAQs for BCW

Who Is Eligible for Babies Can't Wait?

BCW serves Georgia children from birth up to their third birthday, regardless of income, who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a diagnosed physical or mental condition which is known to result in a developmental delay, such as blindness, Down syndrome, or Spina Bifida; or

  2. Have a diagnosed developmental delay confirmed by a qualified team of professionals.

You may view the complete list (below) of diagnoses that result in automatic eligibility for Babies Can't Wait to determine if a specific diagnosis is covered. Information about specific diagnoses may be obtained through the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, and the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).

How to Apply?

To apply for services you may:

  1. Complete and submit the Children 1st Screening and Referral Form (below) , to the local Babies Can’t Wait Office that serves the County in which the child and family reside. Guidelines for Completing Screening and Referral Form (below)

  2. Contact the local Babies Can’t Wait Office for more information.

How to Contact babies can’t wait?

  1. You may use the Children With Special Needs Coordinator Contact List (below) for contact information for your local Babies Can't Wait Program.

  2. Babies Can’t Wait has a statewide directory of information managed by Parent-to-Parent, Inc. of Georgia. The directory provides information about the BCW Program located nearest to the child and family. To access the directory, call 1-800-229-2038 or (770) 451-5484 in Atlanta.

  3. The State Babies Can’t Wait Office number is (404) 657-2762 or toll free: 1-888-651-8224.

What happens when children turn three years old?

As each child reaches his or her third birthday, the family's service coordinator would assist them in identifying resources and applying for services.

RESOURCES MAY INCLUDE:

When your child who is under three years of age receives services from the Babies Can’t Wait program, you receive certain rights.

Your rights include:

  • The right to accept or decline some or all services from BCW program

  • The right to be informed of your rights

  • The right to provide informed written consent before any information about your child or family is shared between service providers

  • The right to provide informed written consent before services begin

  • The right to have your records kept private and confidential

  • The right to review and make changes to records about your child and family at any time

  • The right to request, be present at and take part in meetings about your child and family

  • The right to make a formal complaint about services for your child

  • The right to know to whom to make a written complaint and receive an answer to that complaint within 30 days

  • The right to have your family's priorities and concerns addressed

  • The right to have a designated staff member to support and facilitate your services

  • The right to guide the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Parents Rights of Children With a Developmental Delay or Disability

Parents of children with a developmental delay or disability have special rights stated in the federal law called Individualized with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If your child has a delay or disability, your rights include:

The right to the following services at no cost to you:

  • Developmental evaluation to determine eligibility

  • Help with transition planning before your child turns three and leaves BCW

  • The right to have an advocate, friend or interpreter present at any or all contacts with service providers

  • The right to receive written notice before there is a change in services. The written notice should include what and why the change is being proposed or denied.