GCF Family Support Services™ (GCF-FSS™)

GCF Family Support Services™ (GCF-FSS™) is dedicated to supporting, educating, and informing families of children with special needs.

GCF-FSS™ believes that the greatest asset a child can have is a strong family.  We provide parent mentoring, peer support groups and education to families of children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, chronic illness, other special needs or those who are born prematurely. Families across eastern North Carolina benefit each day from trained parent mentors, sibling support activities, NICU family support, information and resources, referrals to diagnosis specific organizations as well access to a variety of other educational resources and information.

All referrals are handled with complete confidentiality

Services are available to any family member or professional

GCF Family Support Services™ are available in the following counties:

Anson Harnett
Richmond
Bladen Hoke
Robeson
Chatham Lee
Sampson
Cumberland Montgomery
Scotland
Durham Moore
Vance
Franklin Orange
Wake
Granville Person
Warren

Serving families with children of any age

Educating and Supporting to Empower Parents

Adaptive Fair

Adaptive Fair

Saturday, November 1, 2014
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Location:  Durham Public Schools Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road, Durham

The GCF Family Support Services™ Adaptive Fair will provide people with special needs an opportunity to see and try equipment that my increase their ability to perform daily living activities, access recreation and have greater mobility.  For more information about the event view the event flyer.

To RSVP contact Beth Hutson at 919-667-1067 or email bhutson@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Sibshops

Sibshops

Friday, November 7 – Cary
Saturday, November 8 – Chapel Hill

Sibshops give brothers and sisters of kids with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting.  It gives siblings the chance to explore their feelings in creative, light and fun ways.  The program uses activities that bring difficult issues to the forefront and lets young people talk about what is usually not talked about.

More information on Sibshop classesRegistration is required to participate.

Cary Sibshops - contact Jodi at 919-281-9257 or jkopala@gcffamilysupportservices.org
Chapel Hill Sibshops – contact Beth at 919-667-1067 or bhutson@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Practical Applications for Successful Parenting

Day to Day:
Practical Applications for Successful Parenting

Part three:  Finding Peace
November 10, 2014

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church
202 Summitt Drive, Sanford

Presenter:  Becky Givens, BSW

Focus is on simple solutions to everyday challenges:  Finding successful ways to communicate; understanding environmental impact; behavior strategies and calm in the midst of chaos.  Space is limited.  Meal and childcare are provided free of charge.  Registration is required.

Event Flyer

To register contact Susan Fish at 910-420-1178 or sfish@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

The Coffee Connection – Pinehurst

The Coffee Connection

November 11, 2014
9:30 a.m.

Frankie’s Southern Grinds
1120 Old Us-1 S, Southern Pines

GCF Family Support Services™ offers a monthly informal meeting where parents can gather, share, and network with other parents of children with special needs.  Families will have the opportunity to meet and to share experiences/resources with other families in similar situations.  Please join us for coffee and connections. For more information contact Susan Fish at 910-420-1178 or sfish@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

The Coffee Connection – Fayetteville

The Coffee Connection

November 13, 2014

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center
1600 Perdue Dr., Fayetteville

GCF Family Support Services™ offers a monthly informal meeting where parents can gather, share, and network with other parents of children with special needs.  Families will have the opportunity to meet and to share experiences/resources with other families in similar situations.  Please join us for Coffee and Connections.

For more information contact Norma Stitt at 910-568-5503 or nstitt@gcffamilysupportservices.org

Let’s Connect – The IEP Process

Let’s Connect – Franklin
The IEP Process

November 14, 2014
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Common Grounds Coffee House
20 Cheves Road, Bunn

Presented by Kim Tizzard with The Autism Society of North Carolina

This session will assist families with learning the process and how to participate more effectively.  You will get tips in preparing for the IEP development and what steps you should take if you don’t agree with the team.

Event Flyer

For more information contact Karen Troutner Watkins at 252-430-0333 or ktroutner-watkins@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Lunch and Learn – Social Skills for Fun and Friendship

Lunch and Learn – Social Skills for Fun and Friendship

November 20, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road, Durham

Presenter:  Solomon Kobes, LCSW

For more information view the Event flyer. Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.

To register contact Beth Hutson at 919-667-1067 or bhutson@gcffamilysupportservices.org.