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
Chatham Hoke
Cumberland Lee
Durham Moore Wake
Franklin Orange Warren
Granville Person

Educating and Supporting to Empower Parents

Serving families with children of any age

The Coffee Connection – Fayetteville

The Coffee Connection

October 8, 2015 – Spanish
October 13, 2015 – English

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 – Siblings Matter Too

Let’s Connect
Siblings Matter Too

October 9, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Common Grounds Coffee House
20 Cheves Road, Bunn

Siblings of children with special needs are more likely than those with typically developing brothers & sisters to struggle with relationships, schoolwork, behavior and leisure time a study suggests.  Find out how you can give these children the support they deserve.

Event Flyer

You must register for this event.  Please RSVP by October 7th to Rene’ at 919-281-9193 or rmorrison@gcffamilysupportservices.org.



Friday, October 9 – Cary
Saturday, October 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 classes
Registration 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.

Beyond High School Resource Fair

Beyond High School
Resource Fair

Wednesday, October 21st
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Reality Ministries
916 Lamond Avenue, Durham

The 2015 Beyond High School Resource Fair will provide a unique opportunity to gather information on resources that will assist and support young adults with disabilities once they leave High School.  There will be information on employment, post-secondary education, housing, recreation, independent living, and more.

This event is open to individuals of all ages and disabilities, families and providers in Durham and surrounding counties.

Interpretation available.  Childcare is not available.

Event Flyer

For more information contact Beth Hutson at 919-667-1067 or bhutson@gcffamilysupportservices.org.