If you're looking for child-care providers, counseling or family resources, Austin and its surrounding communities have various options to help with challenges thrown your way. The following are a few of the resources available.

Child care and parenting

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Youth organization offers developmental programs as well as positive after-school activities. Main office at 5407 N. Interstate 35, Suite 400. 444-7199, bgcaustin.org .

Center for Successful Fathering. Trains educators to instruct fathers on parenting skills and fatherly roles. 13740 Research Blvd., Suite B-4. 512-258-1259, www.fathering.org .

Child Inc. Provides Head Start and Early Head Start childhood development programs to low-income families. 818 E. 53rd St. 451-7361 or 800-222-4051, www.childinc.org .

Extend-A-Care. Provides after-school care at many Austin, Hays and Del Valle school district campuses during the school year, as well as day camps in the summer. 55 N. Interstate 35. 472-9402, www.eackids.org./index.asp .

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Agency verifies whether a child-care facility is licensed or accredited. www.txchildcaresearch.org .

Workforce Solutions of the Capital Area Child Care Services. Provides child-care funding to low- to moderate-income families. Various locations. Call 597-7100 or check www.wfscapitalarea.com .

Family resources

Any Baby Can Child and Family Resource Center. Provides support for families caring for a child with special needs or development delays, parental education to at-risk pregnant women, and childbirth, parenting and literacy programs for the community. 1121 E. Seventh St. 454-3743 or 800-672-0238, www.abcaus.org .

Austin Child Guidance Center. Offers family counseling, parenting classes and mental health services for children and their families. 810 W. 45th St. 451-2242, www.austinchildguidance.org .

Austin Travis County Integral Care. Provides psychiatric evaluations, 24-hour crisis interventions, medication treatment, inpatient treatment. 1430 Collier St. 447-4141, www.integralcare.org .

Bridges to Growth. Provides classes for children and parents. Part of the Georgetown Project. Community Resource Center, 605 E. University Ave., Georgetown. 512-864-3008, www.georgetownproject.com .

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. National nonprofit support group for adults and parents of children with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorders. Austin chapter: www.chadd.net/template.cfm?affid=482&p=about .

Divorce Recovery and Family Resources Center, P.C. Provides divorce and relationship counseling, psychotherapy, psychoeducational seminars and divorce support groups for individuals, couples and families. 4131 Spicewood Springs Road, Suite K-8. 502-1882, www.divorcerecoveryaustin.com .

El Buen Samaritano. Provides integrated health care, emergency food, advocacy, leadership, development and basic education for working-poor Hispanic families. 7000 Woodhue Drive. 439-0700, www.elbuen.org .

Hays-Caldwell Women's Center. Provides domestic-abuse prevention programs and services for families affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault. 24-hour help line: 512-396-4357, 800-700-4292. www.hcwc.org .

LifeWorks. Provides services for individuals, families and, including counseling for mental health, abuse, marriage and job issues, as well as youth mentoring and education and emergency services. Main office at 3700 S. First St. 735-2400, www.lifeworksweb.org .

Mental Health America of Texas. Mental health education, information and referral services. 1210 San Antonio St., Suite 200. 454-3706, www.mhatexas.org .

Phoenix Academy. Adolescent substance abuse residential treatment services. 400 W. Live Oak St. 440-0613, www.phoenixhouse.org .

Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region. Provides sexuality, reproduction and parenthood education and health care services. Main office at 201 E. Ben White Blvd., Building B. 275-0171, www.ppaustin.org .

SafePlace. Emergency shelter, legal services, counseling and other services for families experiencing domestic violence. 267-7233, www.safeplace.org .

Williamson County Crisis Center. Emergency shelter, educational services, support groups and other services for families experiencing domestic violence. 255-1212 or 1-800-460-7233, www.hopealliancetx.org .