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

Lunch and Learn – Life Skills for Teens and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Lunch and Learn
Life Skills for Teens and Young Adults
with Developmental Disabilities

March 3, 2015
12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Road, Durham

Presenter:  Bohdan Hrynewych, LCSW, LCAS

For families of children who have special needs.  Parents/caregivers connecting to share ideas and strategies.  All parents and caregivers of a child with special needs are welcome to attend.

Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided.
Childcare is not available

Event flyer

To register contact Beth Hutson at 919-667-1067 or bhutson@gcffamilysupportservices.org.

Parenting Solutions

Parenting Solutions

March 9, 2015

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

Facilitors:  Becky Givens, Linda Swann and Susan Fish

Is your child getting on “your last nerve?” Do you feel “stuck” and in need of new ideas?  We can offer simple solutions for everyday challenges.  Meal and childcare are provided free of charge.  Registration is required.  Please register early.

Event Flyer

To register contact Susan Fish at 910-420-1178 or sfish@gcffamilysupportservices.org.



Friday, March 13 – Cary
Saturday, March 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.

Lunch and Learn – The Importance of Fitness/Healthy Living for People with Special Needs

Lunch and Learn
The Importance of Fitness/Healthy Living
for People with Special Needs

Friday, March 20th

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
Family Life Center
1800 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh

Presented by Shawn Adams from The Route Fitness
Personalized fitness for those with special needs

Registration is required.  Lunch will be provided

To register contact Karen Hogan at 919-662-4600 ext. 257 or khogan@gcffamilysupportservices.org.