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

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 – Raleigh

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

Sibshops

Sibshops

Saturday, October 11 – 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.

Care Notebook Workshop – Fayetteville

Care Notebook Workshop

October 11, 2014

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Headquarters Library
Pate Room
300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville

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 and for child care.  To register contact Norma Stitt at 910-568-5503 or nstitt@gcffamilysupportservices.org

Event flyer

The Coffee Connection

The Coffee Connection

October 14, 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.