Military families, including North Carolina National Guard and Reserves, who experience developmental disability (DD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may access Family Support and respite resources in all 100 North Carolina counties.
First In Families offers support to families and individuals of any age according to their self-defined needs. Examples include recreational items, home furnishings or modifications, childcare or respite, or repairs to vehicles. Support can also mean connecting an individual to vocational, social, and educational opportunities in the community; whatever it takes - for people to live and participate fully in their community.
Who is eligible:
- An individual or family member of any age who experiences developmental disability (DD), Developmental Delay or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Must meet financial eligibility requirements
- Must reside in one of the counties served
- Must not live in a licensed facility, such as a group home or institution
Support for these services has been generously provided to First In Families of NC by the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.
Who to Call
If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Bryce at Bryce@fifnc.org or call 919-251-8368 extension 103.
Examples of family support
- Jarred is a 27 year old with a Traumatic Brain Injury who lives independently. Jarred needed drivers' training in order to be relicensed after his injury, which FIF was able to provide funds for.
- Jeff has a TBI as a result of a fall from a tree while working. He needed help with funding for a mission trip last year and First In Families was able to accommodate him.
- Peter, who experiences autism, outgrew his regular stroller. FIFNC assisted the family in getting a new stroller and Peter is able to go safely out and about in the community with his parents again!
- FIF provided a family with Signing Times materials for their youngest child, Elias. Elias' 4 siblings use videos and books to communicate with their brother and encourage him to use sign language. Sign language has greatly decreased Elias' negative behaviors and tantrums because he now has a way of communicating what he wants.
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