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.



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 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.


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.

Wanda Ford

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.


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.


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


Join us! Federation of Families October Schedule

September 26, 2013

Finally – have your voice heard! Connect with other families experiencing similar mental, behavioral, and emotional issues and concerns. Empower yourself. Empower your family. Come to a Federation of Families October meeting.

Join the Federation of Families Movement!

The Delaware Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a family run organization that focuses on the issues facing children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs, and their families.

Mental Health Support

Participating in your local Delaware Federation provides you the opportunity to be a part of change. Working together with other families, the Federation will strive to develop and implement policies, legislation, and funding mechanisms that are most important to children with emotional, behavioral and mental health needs.

Delaware Federation October Meetings

Mark your calendar! Become a part of the movement. Join other families with similar issues and needs at one of the following Delaware Federation of Families meetings:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Poly Tec School District Campus, Adult Education Center
823 Walnut Shade Road
Woodside DE 19980

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10:00 am – 11:30 am
Delaware Family Voices
222 Philadelphia Pike, #11
Wilmington DE 19809

Monday, October 21, 2013

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Easter Seals Building
22317 DuPont Boulevard
Georgetown DE 19947-2153

RSVP’s are requested. Please call Delaware Family Voices with your RSVP as well as if you have any questions. Both Ann Phillips ( or 302-669-3031) and Peggy Prygon ( or 302-669-3032) are available to answer your questions.

For additional information, refer to the October meetings flyer.

Who Is The Federation of Families?

You are! The National Federation of Families For Children’s Mental Health is a family-run organization with chapters throughout the United State. Their primary focus is on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs, and the families who care for these children.

Learn more about Federation of Families and the Delaware efforts at Federation of Families is Coming to Delaware.

Childrens mental health

We look forward to seeing you at a Federation of Families meeting. Please contact Ann or Peggy if you have any questions.


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


Go Green With The Blue Rocks And Support Children’s Mental Health

April 24, 2013

Mark your calendars! Sunday, May 19th, is Wilmington Blue Rocks Go Green for Children’s Mental Health Day at Frawley Stadium, sponsored by Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services.


Make plans now to attend the game. Proceeds from tickets bought through the Go Green for Children’s Mental Health promotion will be donated to the Delaware chapter of Federation of Families, a family run organization that supports and promotes children’s mental health.

Learn more about how the Delaware chapter helps families with mental health concerns at Federation of Families Is Coming To Delaware.

So join us at the game for loads of family fun as the Blue Rocks face off against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Be sure to wear green and show your support for children’s mental health issues.

Blue Rocks Go Green Game Day Details:

Blue Rocks Go Green for Children’s Mental Health game day details are:

Date – Sunday May 19th, 2013
Where – Frawley Stadium, Wilmington DE
First pitch – 1:35 pm
Cost – $9 per ticket
Call – (302) 888-2015 for tickets.

NOTE: Tickets must be purchased directly from the Blue Rocks box office to receive the special group rate of $9, and to have a portion of the ticket proceeds donated to our local Federation of Families chapter. When requesting game tickets, ask for tickets from the Go Green for Children’s Mental Health promotion. Buying tickets through the website will not count towards the Go Green initiative.

May 19th Is Blue Rocks Sunday Fun Day!


Sunday May 19th is also Sunday Fun Day at Frawley Stadium. That means fun for the whole family. Fans of all ages can participate in a pre-game child-parent catch on the field, get their favorite players’ autographs, and after the game ends, all kids are invited down to the field for a post-game run around the bases.

Check out the rest of the action happening this Sunday:

  • The first 1,000 fans will received free green t-shirts from Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (DPBHS).
  • Phineas & Ferb will be making an appearance at the game. You just don’t know what antics they might be up to!
  • May is Physical Fitness Month. The Blue Rocks and Frawley Stadium show their support by hosting their first annual Health and Fitness Expo Day.

We hope to see you at the ball game! Don’t forget to wear green. Show your support for children’s mental health.


Delaware Family Voices is a 501 C3 Non-profit organization. Consider donating to our organization via United Way #12691.