Welcome to the Family Support Network™ of North Carolina

Providing support to families with children who have special needs and the service providers who work with them since 1985.

GroupFamilies with children who have special needs or developmental disabilities often have multiple, complex needs. Coping with the feelings, emotions, and sometimes isolation of having a child who has special needs or a disability can be overwhelming. Navigating the complex maze of services and systems can be daunting. We strive to enhance the lives of children who have special needs by providing support, education, and caring connections to their families.

"Family Support" helps families access a broad array of supports and services, including formal supports (such as paid respite care) and informal supports (such as parent-to-parent connections) and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children who have disabilities and special needs.

Disabilities and Special Needs

  • Child who were born with  or “at risk” for developmental disability
  • Child who have special health care needs
  • Child who have complex developmental, medical, behavioral issues that impacts developmental success
  • Child who have learning disabilities
  • Child who have mental health/behavioral disorders
  • Child who are in a foster care system

Empowering Families...

with information, referrals, and caring connections.


  • about the child’s condition and about available resources and services
  • about navigating the service system; and


  • to services and resources in the community and across the state

Caring Connections

  • Parent to Parent Support
  • Support Groups and Educational Workshops
  • Inclusive community-based family activities
  • All services are free and confidential for families