Tamara Norris is a clinical associate professor and director of the Family Support Program and Family Support Network™ of North Carolina (FSNNC) University Office. Ms. Norris has more than 25 years of experience developing innovative approaches to advance the health and well-being of families and children, in particular promoting services and support for families with children who have disabilities. Her passion is building the capacity of communities, organizations, and families to enable children who have special healthcare needs, rare diagnoses and disabilities to grow to live the lives they envision.
Ms. Norris has presented extensively on topics relating to supporting families and has recently provided leadership in initiatives relating to alternatives to guardianship, work/life issues for parents with children who have disabilities, service navigation for families, statewide information and referral, and child welfare workforce development. As principal investigator on the Supporting Families with Children who have Special Needs project funded by the N.C. Division of Social Services, Ms. Norris directs funding and technical assistance to regional FSNNC affiliates providing family support services in North Carolina communities.
With expertise in program development and management of complex social change initiatives, Ms. Norris enjoys serving as a Community Management and Policy Practice Concentration field instructor for master’s in social work students. She is a fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and a member of multiple state level committees tasked with improving outcomes for families and children.