The Family Support Program works with families, communities, service providers, and policy makers to promote and provide support for families raising a child or children with special needs. The Family Support Program provides funding and technical assistance to a statewide Family Support Network of 11 independent local affiliates that provide access to services, offer evidence-based programs for families, and support integrative care for children with special needs.
Parent-to-Parent is a core service of the Family Support Network. This program trains “support parents” who offer one-to-one emotional support and information assistance to parents whose children have special needs. In 2005, parent-to-parent support was identified as a promising practice by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Each year, the Family Support Network aids in establishing more than 250 parent-to-parent matches across the state.
Family Support Network is a registered trademarked name of a program created by the Family Resource Network.
families have found and been connected with formal services and informal supports through the Family Support Program
In 2014-2015, staff in 11 program affiliates offered the following individualized, family-centered services: