LISTEN – HOPE – EMPOWER

LISTEN  –  HOPE  –  EMPOWER On a typical day the Family Support Network™ of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. is contacted and the stories often go like this: “Suddenly, I found my life turned upside down, the hospital called and my child had been in an accident.”  Another story may start with, “What had been a…

Family Support Network of Eastern NC and NICU Follow-up Clinic

The Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic (NFC) located in the James and Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital is a long-standing joint partnership between East Carolina University School of Medicine and Vidant Medical Center.  Since the early 1980’s the NFC has focused on improving outcomes and reducing disabilities of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates.  The clinic monitors the…

ADHD or Autism? Does it matter?

The lack of focus, noise and confusion common to these disorders is also common to diagnosing them. Do we even need to diagnose? Many just say since there is no cure for either we should focus on treating the symptoms. In my experience, a definitive diagnosis is helpful when deciding many issues. Should you medicate?…

Empowering Families

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…

Thank You, St. James Shawl Ministry

  5/18/2017 St. James has again brought us a donation of the most beautiful, delicate blankets and hats for the NICU babies at Vidant Children’s Hospital. We do appreciate this group and the dedication they have for the newborns.   2016 A big thank you to the St. James Prayer Shawl Ministry that made blankets…

Named ‘exemplar’ program

The Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care, in Bethesda MD, named Family Support Network of Eastern NC one of the top programs in the nation. Thank you to our Board and volunteers for making us who we are today. Family Support Network of Eastern NC, Inc. began over 30 years ago to provide one-to-one parent mentors…

Hines Family Story

In Testament to the Family Support Network of Pitt County, NC: Ms. Brenda Boberg and her staff at the Family Support Network of Pitt County first entered our lives shortly after we entered the hospital on December 12, 2007, at 22.5 weeks gestation. Over the next several weeks of hospitalization and bed rest, the Family…

Family Autism Center

Family Autism Center Dr. Mike Reichel and Paula Bowen at the Family Autism Center have been a great sponsor of the Family Support Network of Eastern NC, Inc. for several years. Owen Ashcraft has Aspergers Syndrome which is on the autism spectrum and has written a book to help others understand how he sees and…

Carla’s Story

  Carla’s Story   As we continue to reminisce over the last 30 years Carla shares her story. I couldn’t imagine how drastically my life was going to change when I had to be admitted on October 31, 2007, with pregnancy complications. In those moments, I remember the fear and anxiety surrounding the unknown. The…

Frances’ Story

Frances’ Story One’s strength is tested and defined by unexplained tragedies. Thirty years ago Bettie Ann and Rob faced one of their greatest challenges as the joyous anticipation of new parenthood was swiftly replaced with mourning, insecurity and fear. One of the inevitable consequences of life is death. Bettie Ann: However, parents never expect to…

How Can FSN of Eastern NC Help You?

How can Family Support Network of Eastern NC help you? – Put you in touch with other parents who have gone through a similar situation. – Provide a “listening ear” – Train volunteers to work with other parents in similar situation – Provide free information and help you find appropriate resources in your community. – All…

Families Realizing Resources Together

  June 13-15 2-12 years of age with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities The Family Support Network of Eastern North Carolina had the opportunity to be with families in New Bern NC, at the “Families Realizing Resources Together”. A wonderful group of families, some we were meeting for the first time, and others we have known for…

Graci -A Family Story

Family Support Network™ Hero Hello, my name is Graci and I was born with Hemifacial Micorsomia. I had no ear when I was born. My mom met with Family Support Network™ of Eastern North Carolina and received emotional support. Now my mom is a trained mentor parent and she gets to share our experience with…

Brenda Boberg Receives National Award

Brenda Boberg has been named the recipient of the National Perinatal Association’s 2011 Becky Hatfield Family Support Award for her work in providing support to families in eastern North Carolina. This award is given to honor an individual who has provided substantial support to families dealing with the emotional aspects of high-risk maternal and child…