For Families of Children Who Have Special Needs
The Caregivers at Carolina Program is proud to partner with The Family Support Program (FSP), UNC School of Social Work. The FSP offers a variety of resources to promote and provide support for families with children who have special needs.
What is Family Support
Families want the best for their children, to nurture their growth and development. Families with children who have special needs want the same for their children, but often face additional challenges, including great stress, social isolation, and financial strain.
Family support aims to:
- Increase the strength and resilience of families
- Support parents as they help their children who have special needs achieve their full potential
- Improve community capacity to serve families with children who have special needs
- Help families make critical connections to other families and resources in the community
- Provide individualized, family-driven support that respects family culture, values, and preferences
Visit the Family Support Program’s website to learn more about their work with local families and service providers.
The Family Support Network™ affiliate, Parent to Parent program offers parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health issue. Through a one to one “match” experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources including diagnosis of conditions, local resources and connection with other families.
The UNC Family Support Program will facilitate access to the parent match program for you.
Request a confidential needs assessment and access to family support resources.
Or call (800) 852-0042 and speak directly with Ms. Barbara Leach.
For Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Caregivers at Carolina Program is proud to partner with The University of North Carolina TEACCH® Autism Program. TEACCH offers a variety of services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.
The University of North Carolina TEACCH® Autism Program is a University-based system of community regional centers that offers a set of core services along with unique demonstration programs meeting the clinical, training, and research needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADS), their families, and professionals across the state of North Carolina.
TEACCH Autism Program offers parent support and clinical services for individuals with ASD that are designed to promote positive behavior, communication, social skills development, and coping skills.
Our clinical services include:
- Family Consultation
- Diagnostic Evaluation
- Support Groups (parents and adults with ASD)
- Parent Problem-Solving Groups
- Intervention Services (individual parent-child sessions, parent-child group sessions, group interventions for toddlers, school-aged children and adolescents)
- Counseling Sessions for adolescents and adults
- Supported Employment
- School Consultation
Our Chapel Hill TEACCH Center offers a Parent Mentor Program. The TEACCH Parent Mentor Program was developed to support the families of children and adults ADS in the Chapel Hill and Raleigh TEACCH regions. The mentors are themselves parents of children with autism who volunteer their time to support other families by listening to the concerns of the family, sharing their own experiences, providing information about autism and related topics, and by informing families about resources in the community. Mentors make themselves available to families while waiting for services to begin at TEACCH or until the family gets connected to other supports and services in the community.
If you have any questions about the Parent Mentor Program or questions about getting started with TEACCH, contact Ruth Thomson, Parent Support at the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center at (919) 966-4699.
Summer Camps for Children with Special Needs
Summer camp provides a unique opportunity for growth and development, and provides a period of summertime respite for parents and caregivers. The camp experience may be especially valuable for children who have special needs, as they can be isolated from some of the social experiences that other children take for granted.
The camps in this directory are organized alphabetically by county for camps in North Carolina, and alphabetically by state for camps outside the state. This directory is a product of the Family Support Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Each entry includes contact information, type of disability served, and description of camp activities, cost and dates for the current year.
View the 2017 Summer Camp Directory (PDF).