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

Summer Camps and Programs Fair

Summer Camps and Programs Fair

January 29th, 2015

4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Watts St. Baptist Church
800 Watts St, Durham

For families of children with special needs

Get resources and information.  Register for summer camps and programs. Learn about camp scholarships from a First in Families representative. Refreshments will be available. Childcare is not available.

Summer Camps and Programs Fair flyer

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

Let’s Connect – The IEP Process

Let’s Connect
The IEP Process

February 10, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Warren County Memorial Library
119 South Front Street, Warrenton

Presented by Kim Tizzard with The Autism Society of North Carolina

This session will assist families with learning the process and how to participate more effectively.  You will get tips in preparing for the IEP development and what steps you should take if you don’t agree with the team.

Event Flyer

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

The Coffee Connection – Fayetteville

The Coffee Connection

February 12, 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

Care Notebook Workshop

Care Notebook Workshop

February 13, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bladen County Board of Education
1489 Highway 701 South, Elizabethtown

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

Event Flyer

Lunch and Learn – Disability & Sexuality

Let’s Connect – Franklin
Disability & Sexuality

February 13, 2015
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Common Grounds Coffee House
20 Cheves Road, Bunn

Presented by Robin Whealey, Cardinal Innovations

Parents/caregivers will identify and examine barriers in talking about sexuality. Event flyer

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



Friday, February 13 – Cary
Saturday, February 14 – 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.