February 1, 2021

Community Resources


NC Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Vaccine Portal

Website: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines

You have a spot, take your shot. A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Family Support Network of NC

Support Line: 1-800-852-0042

Website: https://fsnnc.org/home

Parent-to-Parent Support
  • One-to-one emotional and informational support for parents with a child who has special needs by a trained Support Parent. Matching parents of newly diagnosed children with experienced, trained support parents helps families adjust, adapt, and feel supported.

Support Parent Training
  • A six-hour workshop for parents who have received support and gained experience that they now want to “give back” to parents who are new to the journey. This workshop equips experienced parents and caregivers with tools needed to provide new parents with social, emotional and informational support.

Information and Referral
  • Regional FSN affiliates provide families and service providers with information and referrals to community and regional services and resources to help children and their families.

Support Groups and Workshops
  • Provides social and emotional support, information and skills training, and leadership opportunities for families.

Service System Navigation Support
  • Assistance navigating complex service systems to increase access to needed supports and services for children and their families.

Parent to Parent Matching for Rare Disorders
  • All FSN Affiliates are able to request Parent-to-Parent matches for rare diseases and disorders. FSNNC is an Alliance Member of Parent-to-Parent USA a national network of Parent to Parent programs across the country matching parents seeking support with experienced, trained ‘Support Parents.

North Carolina State Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families

Website: https://nccollaborative.org/

NC is the only state with a cross-system Collaborative for Children and Families. The North Carolina State Collaborative for Children, Youth, and Families, through a System of Care framework, provides a forum for collaboration, advocacy, and action among families, public and private child and family serving agencies, and community partners to improve outcomes for all children, youth and families.

NC Children with Special Health Care Needs (CYSCHN)

Help Line: 1-800-737-3028

Contact: Cyshcn.helpline@dhhs.nc.gov.

Staff help caregivers and professionals who work with CYSHCN find resources and services in NC for a child with chronic, physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center

Phone: 1-800-962-6817

Website: www.ecac-parentcenter.org

Contact: Christy Moore, cmoore@ecacmail.org

A private nonprofit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of all children, though with a special emphasis on children with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Focus on helping families of children with special health care needs or disabilities navigate the special education system in NC.