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
Bladen Hoke
Chatham Lee
Cumberland Montgomery
Durham Moore
Franklin Orange
Granville Person

Serving families with children of any age

Educating and Supporting to Empower Parents

The Coffee Connection

The Coffee Connection

September 9, 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.

Introduction to the IEP Workshop

Introduction to the IEP Workshop

September 12, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

(Light lunch will be provided)

Monarch Creative Arts & Community Center
1662 Richards Street, Southern Pines

IEPs include appropriate goals for the child and specific ways to provide supports and services, monitor progress and make changes whenever necessary.  More information

Registration is required and space is limited.  Please RSVP by 9/10/14. For more information or to register contact Susan Fish at 910-420-1178 or sfish@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Accommodations and Modifications

Let’s Connect – Accommodations and Modifications

September 12, 2014

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Common Grounds Coffee House
20 Cheves Road, Bunn

Presented by ECAC.  Parents will learn the difference between accommodations and modifications, the different types  and how they can be used to assist children on a daily basis.  For more information contact Karen Troutner-Watkins at 252-430-0333 or ktroutner-watkins@gcffamilysupportservices.org.



Friday, September 12th – Cary
Saturday, September 13th – 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.

Give and Take

Give and Take
A Six-Week Course for Families of Children with Special Needs

Tuesday nights
September 16-October 21, 2014
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Give and Take is offered to families who have children with special needs.  Ten to twelve mom, dads and grandparents get together for six weeks.  This group has been meaningful to many families over the past four years, with each individual giving to, and taking from, the group’s unique perspectives and experiences. More information.

Registration is required for the course. For more information or to register contact Jodi at 919-281-9257 or jkopala@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Lunch and Learn – Inclusion 101

Lunch and Learn – Inclusion 101

September 18, 2014
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road, Durham

Presenter:  Jenna Tarleton, Inclusion Consultant Trainer for Community Parternships, Inc.

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.

Special Education: Parent Rights & Responsibilities

Special Education:
Parent Rights & Responsibilities

Presented by

Saturday, September 27, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brooks Avenue Church of Christ
700 Brooks Avenue, Raleigh

This workshop will provide families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  It is designed to help parents and guardians learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school in determining the child’s eligibility for special education, plan, and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Breakout sessions:

  • Requesting a Facilitated IEP Meeting:  When, Why and How
    This session will help participants understand what a Facilitated IEP meeting is, provide examples of when a facilitator should be requested, why a facilitator at an IEP meeting can be helpful, and how to request a facilitator.  At times in the IEP process relationships between schools and parents can become challenging, and facilitated IEP meetings have proven to be one helpful strategy to move forward during those challenging times.
  • “Role-ing” into Advocacy:  A Parent’s Role in the IEP Meeting
    Parents are key members of the IEP Team with a specific role.  This session will provide parents with tips for effective advocacy during the IEP meeting.  Parents will learn how their collaboration provides valuable input into the development of their child’s IEP.  Parents know their child best – and your school needs your input!

To register visit https://parentrightsandresponsibilities.eventbrite.com

Event Flyer

Sponsored by

Spanish interpretation available.

For more information contact Jodi at 919-281-9257 or jkopala@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Care Notebook Workshop

Care Notebook Workshop

October 7, 2014

7:00 p.m.
Hope Community Church
821 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

Parents will learn the importance of, and how to keep up with, all the paperwork associated with having a child with special needs.  Bring your paperwork, IEP’s, doctor’s reports, etc. and we will start creating your care notebook.  Notebooks will be provided.

You must register for this event.  Please RSVP by October 3rd to Karen Hogan at 919-662-4600 ext. 257 or khogan@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Event flyer