LISTEN, HOPE, EMPOWER
Dedicated to helping families who have a child with special needs.
The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina, Inc, provides emotional support and resource information for families who have a child with a disability, chronic illness, premature birth and for families who have experienced the death of a child.The Family Support Network of Eastern NC is an affiliate of the state Family Support Program at the University of NC.
Dr. Steve Engelke and the value of Parent-to-Parent
How can Family Support Network of Eastern NC help you?
– Putting you in touch with other parents who have gone through a similar situation.
– Providing a “listening ear”
– Training volunteers to work with other parents in similar situation
– By providing free information and helping you find appropriate resources in your community.
– All services are confidential
– All programs are provided at no cost to you.
Who are the volunteer parents?
Our volunteer parents, called Mentor (Support) Parents, have children with special needs, or chronic illness. Some parents had a baby born prematurely while others have experienced the death of a child. Mentor Parents have gone through training on communication, listening, and the grieving process.
All families of children, with special needs, should have access to timely, unbiased and complete information concerning their child and available resources. Families can then make informed decisions, that are important to their family.
Collaboration and communication among families and professionals enhance the quality of services and the satisfaction of families and providers. The best interest of children is achieved through teamwork that is characterized by respect.
The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. is a private nonprofit corporation organized in 1987 by parents and professionals in early intervention.