Support, education and caring connections
As the primary outreach program of The Centers for Exceptional Children, Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth (FSN) is dedicated to strengthening families and enhancing the lives of children with special needs, from birth to age 21, in and around Forsyth County.
Our families draw strength and guidance from our staff and the other families they meet through our programs. FSN is rooted in the belief that the best support for families comes from other families with similar stories. With FSN, you get support, guidance and connections – in fact, you get a community.
FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK PROGRAMS
Be a part of this monthly group that’s open to any parent who has a child with a special need. These meetings are held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Dinner and child care are provided with an RSVP. Check Events for details.
Sign up for our Parent-to-Parent Matching program, which provides assistance and encouragement to families of children with special needs. Experienced parents are matched with families to share knowledge and provide one-on-one emotional support, advice and resources.
Mentor Parent Training
Attend our annual Mentor Parent Training to assist families who have children with special needs. Training is available on an individual or group basis, and covers topics such as communication skills, the adjustment process, confidentiality and community resources.
El Grupo de Esperanza
Bring the siblings of children with special needs to our Sibshops for dinner, games, crafts and discussions. Our events are open to children in K-8th Grade to help them connect with other kids who understand the joys and challenges of having a brother or sister with a special need.
Chat & Snack
Meet up monthly with parents whose children are patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center or Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Parents can connect with other families and enjoy a light dinner. Volunteers are always needed to help.
NICU Parent Groups
Connect with other NICU parents at Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Groups are facilitated by one of our family support coordinators who is also a former NICU parent. Craft activities and a light snack are offered.
Gain confidence in parenting through the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) curriculum. Single-session seminars and multi-session institutes offer tailored strategies. Our program is for Forsyth County residents with children up to 5 years of age with a disability.
RESOURCES & REFERRALS
Our monthly e-newsletter connects families and the community with FSN by sharing important information and highlighting upcoming events. Sign up today!
Want to know more about one of our Family Support Network programs? Feel free to give us a call and speak with one of our coordinators at 336-703-4289.
FSN Newsletter Signup Form
Professional Referral Form
Anyone can make a referral to FSN.. If you know someone who could benefit from family support programming, clease complete the form HERE and someone from our team will contact the family.
Sibshops gives our oldest son and daughter the opportunity to connect with other kids like them and hear what other families that are similar to ours go through. They love Sibshops!
FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK TEAM
Amy HookerFamily Support Coordinator
Chris GentryDirector, Family Support Network
Erin EvansFamily Support Coordinator
Joy HalesFamily Support Coordinator
Lakeisha WilliamsFamily Support Coordinator
Rosa SanchezFamily Support Coordinator
The CFEC Main Office
2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: (336) 727-2440
Fax: (336) 727-2873
Monday – Friday:
7:30am – 5:30pm
Make a difference in the lives of children with special needs by volunteering at The CFEC. Opportunities include working with children, performing clerical tasks, landscaping and building maintenance, and assisting with special events.