The Region A Partnership for children recently received $2,000 in grant funding from the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation to support an expansion of the Family Support Network (FSN) program. “We are grateful to the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation Community Development grant program for this much needed addition to our current funding for the Family Support Network program in Region A,” said Janice Edgerton, executive director of the Region A Partnership for Children. “We have been operating the Family Support Network program in Region A for over eight years.
The program has served over 1,400 families of children with special needs. Families of children with special needs benefit from the help and support that other families can provide and from information about their child’s special needs and resources available in the region,” said Edgerton. “Our Family Support Network Coordinator serves as a resource and facilitator for families to provide parent training, parent to parent support matches, connection to community resources and help in navigating a complex services system.
“With the expansion of the Family Support Network Program, we expect to broaden the reach of the program, serving an additional 90 families throughout Region A which includes Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary,” continued Edgerton. “We have learned over the years that families respond best to peer to peer support and guidance as they seek the best possible outcomes for their children.”
The Family Support Network is a nationally recognized model utilized in North Carolina that has a long, successful history assisting parents in becoming their child’s best and strongest advocate as they seek knowledge, resources and training surrounding their child’s special needs.