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.

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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:

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  • 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.

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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.

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Join Us! October Parent Respite Co-Op Meet & Greets

October 6, 2014

Delaware Family Voices is hosting two special Parent Respite Co-Op opportunities this October.

What is the Parent Respite Co-Op?

The parent-run Respite Co-Op is a free child care exchange for parents of children with special health care needs in New Castle County.

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Join us at one, or both, of our October meetings to learn more about this Respite Co-Op opportunity and the unique way you can receive respite care.

October Respite Co-Op Meeting Details

The Parent Respite Care Exchange Co-op is hosting two October Meet and Greet events. Don’t miss this opportunity for a night of networking with other parents, meeting the children, refreshments, and fun.

1. When: Monday, October 13 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Easter Seals Blg – Large Conference Room, 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle DE 19720

2. When: Saturday, October 18 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 525 Polly Drummond Rd.,  Newark, DE 19711

RSVP required to Peggy Prygon at 302-669-3032, or via email at peggy@defv.org.

Link to event flyer, Parent Respite Co-Op Meet & Greets.

Hope To See You There!

Join us this October for the opportunity to connect with other families with similar needs, and a chance for the kids with hang out with other kids.

See you soon!


Meet Wanda Ford – Delaware Family Voices’ Newest Member

December 16, 2013

Let’s all give a big, warm welcome to Delaware Family Voices’ new Statewide Family Network Project Coordinator, Wanda Ford.

Meet Wanda Ford, Project Coordinator

Wanda comes to Delaware Family Voices with a broad smile, and a passion for helping families. She brings with her a career dedication to children with special needs, including mental health issues. Wanda’s path to helping families began with a Master of Science in Counseling from West Chester University, where she specialized in mental health issues.

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Wanda also has worked extensively with people and families in crisis. With more than 15 years of experience working with people in need of mental health, drug/alcohol, or crisis services, Wanda is a valuable addition to the Delaware Family Voices family. Her experience extends from local to state agencies as well as private agencies in both Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Wanda’s prior experience also includes assisting families with advocacy, individual and family counseling, and assessment services.

A quote from Wanda: “I have always been passionate about the need of children, youth, and their families. I have always worked in relation to helping someone to improve their life circumstance.”

Wanda’s Role With Delaware Family Voices

Wanda’s position as Project Coordinator for the Statewide Family Network Grant will be instrumental in moving this most valuable resource forward for families in Delaware.

As Project Coordinator, she will lead our efforts in a statewide family movement and system transformation for families of children and youth at risk for or with serious emotional, behavioral, and/or mental health challenge. In her new position. Wanda’s objectives are to:

  • Work with families and community partners to help identify and connect families to available supports and each other as well as to services for the child and family.
  • Serve as both a mentor and a liaison to parents and providers in efforts to create system change.
  • Assist families in accessing insurance or other financial assistance for health care plans, commercial insurance or other programs through federal, state, and/or other public agencies.

Wanda will also be developing and implementing training and workshops for parents of SED, parent leadership, and organization building.

Welcome Aboard, Wanda!

You may contact Wanda directly at (302) 669-3304. She’s looking forward to meeting our families, and ready to help Delaware Family Voices achieve our mission and vision for families with children of  special healthcare needs through out Delaware.

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What is the Statewide Family Network?

The Statewide Family Network’s goal is to enhance the state child mental health system and to better address the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. Wanda’s role as Project Coordinator will be to help families find the information, referrals, and support they need for their child with a serious emotional disturbance.

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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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Partners in Policymaking – Making a Difference For Those With Disabilities

December 2, 2013

Are you the parent of a child with developmental disabilities, or a young adult with developmental disabilities?

Would you like to have an impact on public policies that could impact people with developmental disabilities? The opportunity to work side by side with State public policy makers to impart positive change?

Then you might want to consider the Partners in Policymaking program.

What is Partners in Policymaking?

The Partners in Policymaking is a program designed to give a voice to parents of children with developmental disabilities and young adults with developmental disabilities, empowering them to be a part of state-wide policy changes for people with disabilities. The program’s goal is to teach these parents and self-advocates the power of advocacy, and change the way people with disabilities are supported, viewed, taught, live and work.

Partners in Policy Making

Through the Leadership Training Program, Partners learn to become community leaders, and to work side by side with State public policy makers. Partners are provided with up-to-date information, education, and the skills necessary to help make change in public policy relative to the people who need and use disabilities services.

Check out the Partners in Policymaking Brochure for additional details.

NOTE – Applications to participate in the 2014 Partners in Policymaking are due by Friday, December 20, 2013.

Who are the Partners?

Partners in Policymaking are typically parents of children with developmental disabilities or young adults who have developmental disabilities. Each year Partners are selected to participate in the program through an application process.

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There is no fee to become a Partner in Policymaking. Additionally, the program pays for participants’ lodging and meals as well as other related expenses, while attending training sessions.

What Are the Expectations of Partners?

The goal of the Partners in Policymaking program is to learn information, strategies and skills to help further state public policies that affect people with disabilities.

Partners are expected to attend each of the eight two-day training sessions. Sessions are held monthly from February through September, and run from noon Friday until later Saturday afternoon.

Topics of discussion include:

  • History of Disability Movements
  • Inclusive Education
  • Community Supports and Supported Employment
  • Vision for Future and the Planning Process
  • Assistive Technology
  • Local, State and Federal Policy and Legislative Issues
  • How to Meet Public Officials and give Legislative Testimony
  • Community Organizing
  • Working with the Media
  • Holding Effective Meetings

For more information about Partners in Policymaking in Delaware, contact the Developmental Disabilities Council at 302-739-3333.

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Ready to Be a Partner in Policymaking?

Partners in Policymaking are ready to take a stand and help implement change for those with developmental disabilities.

Are you ready to become a Partner? Download the 2014 Application for Participation and submit your application today.

NOTE – Applications are due by Friday, December 20, 2013.


Meet Delaware Family Voices Staff Member Erica Schetter

August 16, 2013

Delaware Family Voices is pleased to announce the addition of Erica Schetter to the Delaware Family Voices family.

Welcome Erica Schetter!

As Project Administrator, Erica’s role is to advocate for families of children with healthcare needs and to help them navigate the healthcare system.

Delaware Family Voices StaffErica is a recent graduate of University of Delaware with a B.S. in Human Services. Through her volunteer work with the Special Olympics and the Scleroderma Foundation, she discovered her passion for working with families and children with special healthcare needs. She is eager to learn and absorb from the professionals she works alongside. With that valuable knowledge, Erica will help families discover new resources while empowering them to utilize those resources.

You can reach Erica directly at (302) 669-3033, extension 802, or at her email, p2p@defv.org.

Join us in welcoming Erica on board!

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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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Share Your Story With Us!

July 16, 2013

We’d love to hear it! Share your story about how Delaware Family Voices has helped you. You might find yourself featured on the new Delaware Family Voices website!

Your Story Is A Powerful Testimony

Your story is a powerful testimony to how Delaware Family Voices helps families of children with special health care needs.

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Sharing your own story, your own experiences, can make a difference. Your story can motivate and encourage other families, influence lawmakers in Delaware and nationwide, and be the turning point for someone in need.

Share your family’s challenges and your successes too! Let us know what’s worked for you, and what hasn’t worked in your search for services for your child. Tell us how Delaware Family Voices helped you and your family. Share your tips and what you would like other families to know about Delaware Family Voices.

We are inspired by the families we serve. Consider sharing your story today.

Our Families On The Delaware Family Voices Website

We’d love to share your story on the Share Your Story page, a new feature of the Delaware Family Voices website that is dedicated to the families we serve.

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Not sure how to proceed? We can help! Let us know if you would like our assistance in creating a photo or video display of your Delaware Family Voices story.

How To Share Your Story

Click on Share Your Story at the Delaware Family Voices website. Then complete the form and click submit. That’s all there is to it.

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Photos tell stories too! Please include a photo of your family along with your story. We – and everyone else – would love to see them.

Do you have a story to share? Would you like to be featured on the Delaware Family Voices website? Let us know!

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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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Delaware Family Voices Launches New Website!

June 13, 2013

It’s a whole new look for Delaware Family Voices online. Check it out!

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A New Design, A Valuable Resource

The Delaware Family Voices redesigned website has made it’s debut. This new and improved website is a treasure trove of information and resources on a wide variety of topics important to you and your family. Find helpful links, valuable resources, and tips of all kinds, all right at your fingertips. Website pages include:

The new website also includes dedicated online request for information options for each of our Programs, making it even easier for you to contact us with your specific needs.

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Bookmark the website, then check back frequently for fresh, new and relevant information.

Helpful information is all around us. If you have a resource you think we should consider including on the website, let us know. Help us help others!

We are confident you will find the new Delaware Family Voices website a valuable resource, but if you do find an error or a link that doesn’t work, please let us know. Launching a brand new website is lots of work, and we are still tweaking and fine-tuning the website.

So come on over, stop by, check out the new website, and get to know this valuable resource.

Our Website Is Your Website

Would you like to share your story about how Delaware Family Voices helped you? Let us know! The website includes a whole new feature dedicated to our families. Leave us a message if you would like to take part in a photo or video display that will be featured on the website. More details will follow shortly about this exciting volunteer activity.

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We encourage family involvement in all our projects, including the website. And remember – Delaware Family Voices is here to help you with your medically complex child’s health care and behavioral health needs. Call us with your questions.

So what do you think? Do you like our new online home? Let us know in the Comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.

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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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