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

Let’s Connect – Writing Effective IEP’s

Let’s Connect
Writing Effective IEP’s

January 8, 2015
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Children’s Developmental Services Agency
946 F West Andrews Avenue, Henderson

Presented by Judi Archer of ECAC

This session will assist families with identifying strengths, needs and how to use evaluation information to develop the Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Also, tips on how to participate in the meeting and how to understand the “maze” of paperwork and forms.

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

Let’s Connect – Positive Behavior Supports

Let’s Connect – Franklin
Positive Behavior Supports

January 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Common Grounds Coffee House
20 Cheves Road, Bunn

Presented by ECAC

This class will help parents/caregivers identify and understand challenging behaviors while providing atmosphere of change and support.  Discover how Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Behavior Supports can be utilized at home and school.

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



Friday, January 9 – Cary
Saturday, January 10 – 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.