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

Exceptional Families

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. 

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Parent-to-Parent Matching

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.

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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.

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El Grupo de Esperanza

Join our bilingual coordinator for a discussion and activity group for Spanish-speaking families. (Nuestro coordinador bilingue ayuda a nuestras familias que hablan español. El grupo se reúne el segundo martes de cada mes. Haga clic aquí para más información.) 

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Sibshops

Bring the siblings of children with special needs to our Sibshops for dinner, games, crafts and discussions. Our events are open to children 5 to 14 to help them connect with other kids who understand the joys and challenges of having a special needs sib.

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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 snack. Volunteers are always needed to help.

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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. A trained support parent attends these twice-monthly gatherings. Craft activities and a light snack are offered.

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Stepping Stones

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.

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RESOURCES & REFERRALS

Stay Connected

Our monthly e-newsletter connects families and the community with FSN by sharing important information and highlighting upcoming events. Sign up today!

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!

Joe & Tiffany Schmitz

FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK TEAM

Amy Hooker

Amy Hooker

Family Support Coordinator
Chris Gentry

Chris Gentry

Director, Family Support Network
Erin Evans

Erin Evans

Family Support Coordinator
Joy Hales

Joy Hales

Family Support Coordinator
Lakeisha Williams

Lakeisha Williams

Family Support Coordinator
Rosa Sanchez

Rosa Sanchez

Family Support Coordinator

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The CFEC Main Office

2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Phone: (336) 727-2440
Fax: (336) 727-2873

Hours

Monday - Friday:

7:30am - 5:30pm

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

 

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