Let’s Go Camping! Summer 2015 Edition

April 27, 2015

This is Part 2 of our Summer Camps series. Part 1 is Delaware Summer Camps for Special Needs – Summer 2015 Edition.

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Choosing the “best fit” summer camp for your child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues can be a daunting task. Is the camp adequately prepared to successfully manage those specialized medical issues? Does the camp staff have the proper training to know how to react appropriately if your child has a melt down, or requires medication during camp?

Summer Camps for Special Needs

Delaware Family Voices understands a parent’s need to find a “best fit” summer camp for their child with specialized needs or chronic medical issues. We understand your desire to find a camp that provides a safe, nurturing environment, and we are here to help! Listed below are summer camps in the Delaware area that can accommodate highly specialized needs. Enroll early! Many camps fill up fast.

Asthma

Asthma Camp

Asthma Camp is a week-long day program for Delaware children ages 7-11 with asthma. Supervision is provided by a full medical staff, including physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists. Activities include arts and crafts, outdoor activities, and nature explorations.

Asthma Camp DE is June 11-12 at Children’s Beach House, Lewes DE.

For Asthma Camps outside Delaware, check the Consortium on Children’s Asthma Camps.

Autism / Aspergers Spectrum Disorders

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor

Camp Fairlee Manor offers multiple camp sessions for children ages 6-21 on the Autism Spectrum. Campers safely enjoy many activities including canoeing, swimming, high ropes course, rock wall climbing, camping, fishing, and horseback riding. Camp has a one-to-one counselor to camper ratio, is staffed 24/7 with a nurse, and includes a sensory room.

Camp Fairlee Manor

Check Camp Fairlee Manor for specific camp dates.

The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp

The Explorer’s Club Summer Camp is designed for children ages 4-21 with ADHD, Austism Spectrum Disorder, PDD, and other behavior challenges. Behavior analysts and occupational therapists engage children in activities including arts and crafts, water play, horseback riding, yoga, music, cooking and more.

Explorer’s Club Camp is at The King’s Christian School, Cherry Hill, NJ. Three Monday to Friday sessions are offered in August.

Diabetes

Camp Possibilities

Camp Possibilities is a camp for children ages 8-15 who have diabetes. Campers can experience swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, sports and other activities in a safe environment.

Camp Possibilities is July 26-31 at Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, MD.

Camp Victory

Camp Victory is dedicated to providing a camp experience for children who live with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness. Camp Victory is located in Millville PA.

Camp Victory’s Keystone Diabetic Kids’ Camp (KDKC) is dedicated to children with Type 1 Diabetes, ages 8-15. Click here for KDKC camp dates.

Kamp for Kids

Kamp For Kids: Diabetes and You is for children ages 4-14 with diabetes and their siblings and friends. The camp’s goal is to assist campers to better understand diabetes and to live a healthy life. Campers will learn about health and wellness through fun and exciting activities.

Kamp for Kids is July 27-31 at the University of Delaware’s McDowell Hall.

Down Syndrome

Camp PALS – Philadelphia & The Poconos

Camp PALS is for teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome. Each camper is paired with a counselor with whom they will room and travel with throughout the week. Camp focuses on fostering camper independence.

Camp PALS

Camp PALS Philadelphia is June 21 – 27, ages 12-18 at Cabrini College.

Camp PALS Poconos is July 19-25, ages 16-21 at the University of Scranton.

Hearing Impaired

Deaf Camps Inc.

Deaf Camps Inc provide fun, communication-rich camps for deaf and hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

Deaf Camp (ages 7-19) and ASL Camp (ages 7-18) is August 2-7, 2015 at Manidokan Camping and Retreat Center, Knoxville, MD.

Speech and Language

Speech Clinic Camp

The Speech Clinic Summer Camp is for children ages 3-5 who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of having speech-language or social and/or pragmatic language needs.

Contact The Speech Clinic for 2015 Camp dates.

Spina Bifida

Camp Spifida

Camp Spifida offers exciting activities for children ages 6-18 with spina bifida. Campers will enjoy crafts, fishing, swimming, dancing, hayrides, paddleboats, campfires, woodworking, a challenge course, and a 26 foot high climbing wall. On-site medical staff is at camp throughout the week.

Spina Bifida Summer Camps

Camp Spifida 2015 is July 16 – 21 at Camp Victory, Millville PA.

Visually Impaired

Camp SunnyBrook

Camp SunnyBrook for The Blind is a six-week long summer day camp for blind and visually impaired children living in either New Castle or Kent Counties. Campers will experience swimming, arts and crafts, nature programs, music, field trips and more. All activities are adapted for blind and visually impaired children.

Contact Delaware Association for the Blind for 2015 camp dates and child eligibility.

Let’s Go To Summer Camp 2015!

There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check Healthy Delawareans With Disabilities Camps for camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations. Also check the Delaware Family Voices Summer Camps page for additional summer camp possibilities.

Camps for Kids with Special needs

Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with specialized needs that isn’t listed here? One that other Delaware families might be interested in? Please share it with us.

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The Delaware Family Voices website includes links to other Internet and third party resources. These third party resources are for your consideration only. Their products and services are not intended to be considered an endorsement by Delaware Family Voices. 

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.

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Images from Camp Fairlee Manor, Camp PALS, and ClipArts (children).


Delaware Summer Camps for Special Needs – 2015 Edition!

April 23, 2015

Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-part Summer Camps series.

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Finding a summer camp for a child with special needs can be daunting for parents. Specific questions and concerns often need to be addressed before sending their child to camp. Questions like: Will the camp meet my child’s special needs? Will my child thrive at camp? Are camp counselors trained to handle my child’s special needs?

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We are here to help! Delaware Family Voices understands how important it is to find the right summer camp for your  child, and have compiled a list of summer camps in the Delaware area for your consideration. Each camp is specially designed to meet the unique challenges of children with special needs.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor

Camp Fairlee Manor offers multiple programs for children and adults with physical disabilities and / or cognitive impairments as well as special weeks for children with Autism spectrum disorders. Located near Chestertown, Maryland, Camp Fairlee Manor is a fully accessible setting, ensuring children have full access to camp activities and programs.

Weekly Summer Camp: Camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, nature walks, swimming, fishing, ropes courses and canoeing.

Respite Weekends: A weekend-based year-round camp for children and adults with the most involved physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral disabilities, including medically-fragile individuals.

Residential Summer Camp: A traditional residential summer camp that includes activities like swimming, wall climbing, zip line, horseback riding, outdoor games, arts and crafts. Camp sessions available ages 6 to 21.

Daily Adventures: Activities include field trips to nearby places like the shore, state parks and zoos, Washington DC, Annapolis and Baltimore. The Youth Daily Adventure is for children ages 13-21.

Summer Camps for Special Needs

 

Refer to Easter Seals Camp Fairlee Manor for camp dates and details.

Camp Lee Mar

Camp Lee Mar is an overnight camp for children with mild to moderate learning and developmental challenges. Campers participate in traditional summer camp activities in a structured environment as well as speech and language therapy, adaptive athletic program, vocational training and therapeutic horseback riding.

Camp Lee Mar runs from June 24 to August 11, and is located in Lackawaxin, PA. Financial assistance might be available.

Camps Lenape And Manito

Camps Lenape and Manito, run by United Cerebral Palsey of Delaware, are open to children and young adults (ages 3-21) with orthopedic disabilities as well as children without disabilities. Both sites have paved walkways for easy access by wheelchair and a swimming pool with an accessible in-pool ramp. Through traditional camp activities like swimming, arts and crafts, music, nature and sports, camp counselors promote independence and self-esteem, helping to build self-confidence in campers with disabilities.

Both camps run from June 29 to August 7, 2015. Camp Manito serves New Castle County, and Camp Lenape serves Kent and Sussex Counties.

Camp Sequoia

Camp Sequoia is an overnight summer camp designed to assist boys ages 7-17 to further develop their social skills. The camp’s innovative program integrates Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking framework to help campers build their social thinking skills through an active, traditional camp program. Many campers are diagnosed with ADHD. Campers also include boys with social anxiety, learning differences which affect social skills development, as well as boys who may not have a formal diagnosis yet present with social learning needs.

Camp Sequoia runs from June 28 to August 8 at The Perkioman School, Pennsburg PA.

Camp Victory

Camp Victory  provides camp experiences for children living with chronic health problems, physical or mental disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness. Children attending Camp Victory have many and diverse special needs, including complex medical treatments. Camp Victory is planned and built to support all such needs.

Camp Victory

 

Refer to Camp Victory  for specific camp offerings and dates. Camp Victory is in Millville PA.

Children’s Beach House

Children’s Beach House Summer Camps, located on the Delaware Bay, provide a unique experience for children with special needs. Campers’ activities include swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, nature, and more. Camp staff modifies activities to encourage all campers to participate at some level of success, thereby building self-confidence.

Contact Children’s Beach House for specific camp dates.

DragonFly Forest Summer Camp

DragonFly Forest Summer Camps provide overnight camp experiences for children with Autism and complex medical needs. Campers enjoy a wide variety of camp activities in an environment that is equipped to address a variety of physical, medical and psychological needs. Sessions include Autism, Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion, Respiratory and Asthma, and Sickle Cell Disease. DragonFly Forest summer camps are located in Phoenixville PA.

Refer to Dragonfly Forest Summer Camp for specific camp dates.

Mary Campbell Center Summer Camp

The Mary Campbell Center offers two week camp sessions from June to August for children with special needs between the ages of 3-21 and their siblings. Activities include field trips, swimming, games, arts and crafts, and cooking. Teamwork is stressed throughout every activity. All camps are at the Mary Campbell Center in Wilmington DE.

Refer to the Mary Campbell Center website for summer program dates.

Special Olympics Delaware Camp Barnes

Special Olympics Camp Barnes is a three-day, two-night camp featuring sports training and traditional camp activities. Campers also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of traditional SODE sports throughout the three days. Camp is offered to all registered Special Olympics Delaware athletes.

Camp Barnes 2015 is scheduled for August 8-10 and August 16-18.

Traditional Summer Camp Programs

Traditional summer camp programs such as the Boys & Girls clubs, YMCA, local county/city recreational programs, and boy/girl scout camps may also accommodate children with certain special needs. These programs might be an opportunity for social inclusion for your special needs child. Prior to committing to a program, thoroughly discuss your child’s special needs as well as your expectations of the camp. This will help ensure your child has the best overall possible camp experience.

Summer Camp Season Is Almost Here!

There are many summer camps offered through out the area and across the country. Check the Healthy Delawareans With Disabilities Camps page for other camps not mentioned here, or for camps in other geographic locations. Also check the Summer Camps page of the Delaware Family Voices website for additional summer camp possibilities.

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Do you know of a summer camp that accommodates children with special needs that isn’t listed here? Please share it with us.

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The Delaware Family Voices website includes links to other Internet and third party resources. These third party resources are for your consideration only. Their products and services are not intended to be considered an endorsement by Delaware Family Voices. 

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider Donating to our organization and help support Delaware families in need.


What is WRAP? And What You Need To Know About It!

February 5, 2015

WRAP, which stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan, is a system developed and successfully used by people with a broad range of physical and emotional challenges.

Wellness Recovery Action Plans

Individuals who use the WRAP system learn how to implement self-help skills and to monitor how they feel. This in turn enables them to take control, stay well, and most importantly, improve their quality of life.

Why is WRAP Important?

A personalized WRAP program helps teach an individual how to keep track of difficult feelings and behaviors. Once these feelings and behaviors are recognized, WRAP helps empower the individual to know when, and what, action might need to be taken to achieve a better overall feeling.

Upon execution, a well defined, individualized WRAP helps you to:

  • Decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors
  • Increase personal empowerment
  • Improve quality of life
  • Achieve one’s life goals and dreams

A better understanding of how you feel is instrumental in letting others know when you are not feeling well, which is an integral component to ensuring family and friends better understand you. WRAP can also help you achieve the ultimate goal – to improve your overall enjoyment of life.

How WRAP Works

With the guidance of WRAP certified facilitators, WRAP workshop attendees will develop personalized WRAP plans that best fit their unique needs. An individualized WRAP might include the following components:

  • WRAP ToolboxWellness Toolbox
  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Triggers and an Action Plan
  • Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan
  • When Things Are Breaking Down Action Plan
  • Crisis Plan
  • Post Crisis Plan

Most importantly, WRAP is developed by you – for you! You choose who will assist and support you, from family, to friends, to health care providers. WRAP is most effective when utilized and followed by the individual for whom it was intended, and can be instrumental in helping you achieve your best quality of life.

Anyone can develop a personalized WRAP to address a wide range of life issues, including emotional challenges, chronic illness, weight loss, or caring for an elderly family members.

DE Family Voices Offers WRAP Workshops

Delaware Family Voices will be hosting WRAP workshops through-out 2015. These two day workshops will be presented by Wanda Ford, our very own certified WRAP facilitator. Through Wanda’s guidance and assistance, attendees of these ground-breaking workshops will learn how to create their own personalized WRAP programs.

WRAP For Life Book

Begin taking control of your life! Attend one of our  WRAP workshops and learn how to develop your own WRAP, and to live the life you want to live. Contact Wanda Ford at 302-669-3034 or sfn@defv.org for additional information as well as the current WRAP workshop schedule.

NOTE: WRAP is a systemic concept designed to compliment other therapies. It is not designed to replace them. Read more about WRAP at MentalHealthRecovery.com.

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Images from MentalHealthRecovery.com and Sears.com.


Join Us At LIFE Conference 2015!

December 16, 2014

Do you have a family member with disabilities or work with persons with disabilities? Would you like to learn more on how you can help family, friends or co-workers with disabilities lead their best lives?

LIFE Conference

Then join Delaware Family Voices and many others on Thursday, January 15th, for the 17th annual Delaware LIFE Conference.

What Is LIFE Conference?

LIFE Conference is Delaware’s largest conference devoted to issues faced by children and adults with disabilities. It’s primary goal is to support persons with disabilities, provide relevant information, and educate conference attendees in each of the following four areas:

Legislation: Join in an interactive panel with federal and state policy makers. Learn more about Delaware’s 2015 Policy priorities, and how DART is working on a Transit redesign

Independence Through Assistive Technology (AT): Learn why pediatric based Movement and Mobility related Assistive Technology (MMAT) is the next step for children with disabilities. Learn how to maximize overall accessibility in the community setting, and why access to assistive technology for young children is vital.

Family: Better understand opioid abuse and its treatment options. Learn how to become an empowered self-advocate. Hear about the STAND – Stop The Abuse Now Delaware – initiative.

Education: Learn about state plans to improve results for children with disabilities. Understand how schools are addressing the impact of childhood trauma in the classrooms. Listen to an overview of the DelAWARE DisABILITY Hub.

This one day event brings together a broad assortment of information designed to serve persons with disabilities and their families, as well as resources and knowledge to further help them live LIFE to the fullest.

LIFE Conference Delaware

LIFE Conference is made possible through a joint effort of many Delaware organizations whose primary purpose is to assist and enhance the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

The LIFE Conference 2015 Agenda

LIFE Conference 2015 attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Listen to Keynote Speaker Michael Gamel-McCormick, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the Director of the Promise Grant Technical Assistance project.
  • Attend sessions on relevant topics in Legislation, Independence, Family and Education.
  • Hear from a host of speakers and panel members knowledgeable in a wide variety of disabilities needs.
  • Visit exhibitors dedicated to persons with disabilities and their families.
  • Enjoy a lunch full of networking opportunities.

Disabilities Conference

For complete details, check out the LIFE Conference 2015 Agenda and the detailed session topics.

LIFE Conference 2015 Event Details

LIFE Conference 2015 event and registration details are:

When: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Where: Dover Downs Hotel, 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover DE

Time: 8:00 am to 3:45 pm

General Registration Fees: $50 by January 1, 2015; $75 after January 1st.

Student/Consumer Registration Fees are $25.

Sponsorships are available for select attendees. See below for details

Complete the LIFE Conference 2015 Registration form to reserve a spot.

Got questions about LIFE Conference 2015? Contact LIFE Conference directly at (302) 691-3187.

Announcing DE Family Voices Parent Sponsorships!

Delaware Family Voices is pleased to announce a limited number of sponsorships for families who want to attend the Life Conference, but can not afford it. Travel reimbursement is also available for recipients from New Castle and Sussex Counties. Please contact Erica Schetter at (302) 669-3033 or p2p@defv.org for more information.

DE Family Voices At LIFE Conference 2015

We hope to see you at LIFE Conference 2015! Be sure to stop by the Delaware Family Voices exhibit and see how we can help you. Learn about upcoming training sessions and support groups, and how they might benefit you and your family.

Delaware Family Voices

Will you be attending LIFE Conference 2015? Have you attended prior LIFE conferences? Share your experiences with us!

LIFE = Legislation Independence Family Education

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Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. A Donation to our organization helps support Delaware families in need.

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Images from LIFE Conference 2015 and Delaware Family Voices.


Celebrate #GivingTuesday – Help Us Help Others In Need

November 21, 2014

Friday, November 28th is Black Friday. Monday December 1st is Cyber Monday. And Tuesday, December 2nd, is #GivingTuesday!

Will you be celebrating #GivingTuesday? Do you plan to give to others during this world-wide event?

What Is #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a day for giving thanks. A day of coming together and celebrating world-wide generousity. A day to give back to others who have helped you and yours.

#GivingTuesday

 

#GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a collaborative effort with the United Nations Foundation in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a global initiative designed to bring the world together for one special day of giving as opposed to mass consumerism.

How Delaware Family Voices Helps Families

Delaware Family Voices helps families of children with special needs to become informed, experienced, and self-sufficient advocates for their children and themselves.

Like you, we are parents of children and young adults with physical, developmental and mental health challenges, and we have firsthand experience navigating the maze of health care services and programs available in Delaware. We help you find the resources and information you need to help your child with special needs live life to the fullest.

How You Can Help Delaware Family Voices

There is no charge for the services we provide. We are funded through federal grants and the generous donations from the community at large. Will you consider becoming a part of our community at large supporting our efforts? There are several ways you can help:

Donate by PayPal

Donating by Paypal is easy to do. Simply click on the PayPal icon and follow the steps.

Donate by PayPal

Donate by AmazonSmile

With AmazonSmile, and Delaware Family Voices your chosen charity, every time you shop Amazon, you donate to Delaware Family Voices.

AmazonSmile

Donate by United Way Contributions

Designate a United Way pledge to Delaware Family Voices, Inc. Our designated United Way code #12691.

United Way

Donate by Personal Check

Personal checks can be mailed directly to Delaware Family Voices, and are tax-deductible.

Donate by Volunteering

We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities across all our programs. All it takes is a little spare time.

Volunteer

Every little bit counts, whether it’s shopping through AmazonSmile, donating with PayPal, or volunteering your time. Learn more about Donating to Delaware Family Voices and how you can help us help Delaware families of children with special health care needs.

Thank you!

Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization. We rely on grants and the generous financial support of people like you for our organization to provide necessary support programs and services for Delaware families and their children with special health care needs.

Giving Tuesday

A donation today helps us better serve Delaware families in need tomorrow. We thank you for all you do, to help us, help others!


Health Insurance Marketplace Information You Want To Know

November 5, 2014

Do you or someone you know plan to use the Health Insurance Marketplace to purchase health care coverage in 2015? Are you prepared to navigate the Marketplace to find the health insurance plan that best fits you and your family needs?

Health Insurance 2015

Here is a short guide to changes and improvements at Healthcare.gov and the Health Insurance Marketplace to help you successfully navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and find your best-fit health insurance.

Healthcare.gov – A New & Improved Website

The Healthcare.gov website has gone through a complete makeover just in time for the 2015 Enrollment period. The website has been updated and revised, making it much simpler for first-time users to navigate the site and complete the enrollment process.

One vital improvement? Most first-time applicants will be able to use a shorter, simpler online enrollment application, with fewer pages, mouse clicks and questions to navigate. This not only streamlines the application process, but should result in less applicant frustration.

Check out the new and improved Healthcare.gov website for yourself.

Marketplace Insurance

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New Insurance Providers To Choose From

The Health Insurance Marketplace will have several new health insurance providers selling plans for the 2015 coverage year. To date, there has been a 25% increase in available health insurance providers, giving Marketplace applicants more options to find a health insurance plan that best fits their health care needs.

More health insurance providers is a win-win for everyone! Not only will consumers have more options and more choices for 2015, additional health insurance providers also means more competition. More competition can lead to potentially better pricing options for consumers and possibly saving them money on their 2015 plan purchases.

Most People Can Find an Affordable Plan

The Marketplace provides health care plan options at a variety of price levels, allowing most customers to find an affordable plan to match their needs. Last year, most adults with low-to-moderate incomes (less than $28,725) who applied for insurancee were able to find a plan with a premium less than $125 a month for individual coverage.

The same results are expected this year. Using the Marketplace is a good way to ensure you and your family will have 2015 health care insurance, at prices you can afford.

Are You Ready for the 2015 Marketplace Insurance Enrollment?

The Healthcare Insurance Marketplace is only open for a limited time, so mark your calendars. You don’t want to miss those key enrollment dates if you plan to purchase 2015 health insurance through the Marketplace.

Other information to help you better prepare for the 2015 Marketplace insurance enrollment include:

And, if you plan to use the Marketplace for your 2015 health insurance, consider signing up to receive important Open Enrollment news and updates. By registering for either email or text notifications, you can keep on top of key enrollment dates, pricing and plan information.

Health Insurance Marketplace

With this information, you are now ready to complete your 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment.

We Are Here To Help

Delaware Family Voices is here to help answer your questions before, during and after the Open Enrollment period. Please contact us and let us know how we can help you.

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Images from Healthcare.gov.


The Creating A Common Vision Summit – A Success Story

October 29, 2014

On Wednesday September 17, 2014, Delaware Family Voices hosted the Creating A Common Vision Summit. People from across Delaware came together in a conjoined effort to improve the lives of children with mental health and severe behavioral health needs. It was a successful day packed with networking and collaboration.

The Summit Goal

The goal of the Creating a Common Vision summit was to develop a strategic plan for the development of a Delaware based parent-run chapter of the Federation of Families.

Federation of Famlies

The Federation of Families is a national organization that focuses on issues relevant to families of children with severe emotional, mental health, and/or behavioral challenges. Learn more about the mission of the Federation of Families organization at our blog, Federation of Families Is Coming To Delaware and at the Federation of Families website.

Let’s Get Talking!

The Summit was attended by representatives from agencies across the state, including state departments, school districts, mental health agencies, and community agencies. Also attending the summit were parents of children with severe mental health and/or behavioral health issues.

Children's Mental Health Programs

 

Everyone in attendance had one goal in common – to assist children with severe mental health and behavior health needs. What an impressive collaborative effort by  everyone in attendance!

The Summit opened with a warm welcome from Ann Phillips, Executive Director of Delaware Family Voices.

Delaware Family Voices

 

Ann began the conference with a few words about Delaware Family Voices and the Family To Family Information Center, the infrastructure under which Delaware Family Voices operates.

The Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health (DPBHS) was on hand to support our Delaware families in developing a strategic plan to address children’s mental health issues in Delaware.

Delaware Services DPBHS

 

DPBHS representative Barbara Messick addressed how they can better engage families throughout Delaware. She also provided families with information about the services DPBHS already have available to help children with mental health and behavior issues.

The Summit was the perfect setting to honor Delaware Family Voices’ 2014 Volunteer of the Year award winner, Trina Cale-Rosario. Trina is a dedicated volunteer to Delaware Family Voices, assisting us in helping families across Delaware.

Volunteers

 

Trina not only is a key member of our Family Leadership Advisory Council, she also volunteers at many community events on behalf of Delaware Family Voices, and she is a trained Support Parent for our Parent to Parent program. Great job Trina! A heart-felt thank you from Delaware Family Voices.

The Summit was the ideal venue for a collaborative brain storming and strategic planning session.

Children Behavior Issues

 

Summit attendees were divided into two separate work groups, each tasked with a different topic:

Group 1: What would be an effective vision, mission, and value statement for the Delaware Federation of Families Chapter?

Group 2: Effective parent and professional development and improving systems of care within the state of Delaware.

This interactive, collaborative portion of the Summit proved to be a most valuable experience, with very helpful take-aways that will further our efforts in supporting children with mental health and behavior issues.

Delaware Federation of Families

 

With the assistance of our facilitator, Diana Autin, Summit participants were actively engaged in their focus groups, working hard to develop ideas and strategies for creating the parent-run Delaware chapter of Federation of Families.

The Summit was a smashing success! The information received during the work groups has helped Delaware Family Voices develop a series of common interests and will be instrumental in the development of the infrastructure for the Delaware chapter of the Federation of Families. We are already well on the way to completing the chapter’s mission statement.

Thank You Everyone!

The Delaware Family Voices staff is very appreciative of everyone’s efforts and participation in the Creating A Common Vision Summit. Your participation was tantamount to the overall success of the Summit. As the families move forward with the development of the Delaware Federation of Families chapter, they now have a wealth of information from which to create the chapter.

Would you like to become involved with the Delaware chapter of Federation of Families? Please let us know! You can either leave a Comment below, or contact Wanda directly at snf@defv.org or (302) 669-3034.

A Very Special Thank You To SFN!

Delaware Family Voices would like to thank the Statewide Family Network Grant (SFN), who provided the funding for the Creating A Common Vision Summit. The Statewide Family Network Program is also made possible through the SFN grant via SAMHSA. The focus of this program is to assist families that have children with mental health and/or severe behavioral challenges to obtain resources and information. Another key component of this program is to assist these families with the creation of a parent run organization within Delaware, which in turn, led to the development and execution of the Creating a Common Vision Summit.


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