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:

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


Serving families with children of any age

Educating and Supporting to Empower Parents

Let’s Connect – Becoming Your Child’s Best and Most Effective Advocate

Let’s Connect
Becoming Your Child’s Best
and Most Effective Advocate

May 8, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Common Grounds Coffee House
20 Cheves Road, Bunn

Presented by ECAC.  Being an effective advocate for your child’s education and in other areas of their lives requires skills and knowledge.  Join us for this event, meet other parents and families and tune up your advocacy skills to become your child’s BEST advocate.

Event Flyer

For more information contact Karen Hogan at 919-662-4600 ext. 257 or khogan@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Sibshops – Cary

Sibshops

Friday, May 8 – Cary

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

Practical Applications for Parenting Solutions

Practical Applications for Successful Parenting

Setting Limits – Part 2
May 11, 2015

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

Presenter:  Becky Givens BSW
Facilitators:  Linda Swann and Susan Fish

How do parents decide which limits are necessary?  How do they enforce the “rules?”  Can parents avoid power struggles?  Simple solutions for everyday parenting challenges.  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 – Southern Pines

The Coffee Connection

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

8:30 a.m.
Sandhills Children’s Center
1280 Central Drive, Southern Pines

GCF Family Support Services™ will be offering a monthly Coffee Connection.  Families will have the opportunity to meet and to share experiences/resources with other families in similar situations.

Event Flyer

For more information contact Susan Fish at 910-420-1178 or sfish@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

The Coffee Connection – Fayetteville

The Coffee Connection

May 14, 2015

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.

Sibshops – Chapel Hill

Sibshops

Saturday, May 16 – 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.


Chapel Hill Sibshops – contact Beth at 919-667-1067 or bhutson@gcffamilysupportservices.org