FSN Community News
Nov/Dec 2017
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October Sibshops - Rock Balancing
Providing Support, Education, and Caring Connections to Families of Children with Special Needs
Family would like to give away: 
  • Trach/vent supplies to give away - suction catheters, sterile water bottles, and trach care kits
Families in need of these items: 
  • Stroller needed for 2 year old
  • Need for ensure or boost
If you have something you would like to give to another family or if you are looking for an item, please let us know and we will be happy to share this in our newsletter.  Please call 336.703.4289 for more info or email Chris at ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org.
Breakfast with Santa Donations Needed!
This year we are requesting donations of small individually wrapped candy and/or prizes, Little Debbie Gingerbread Man Cookies and Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes (all flavors) by November 17th.
Young Life Capernaum for High School Students 
* November 18, 2017
* December 16, 2017
Groups meets at the Robinhood YMCA from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. 
3474 Robinhood Rd,
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Winston-Salem Adaptive Arts and Sports Program
Fun and free events sponsored by Wake Forest University Students!
Sunday, November 19
Sunday, December 3 
All will be held from 2-4 pm in Reynolds Gym on campus. We realize this new facility can be a little confusing to navigate (even for students!), but as always, feel free to let the very nice desk attendants know that you are here for WAASP, and they will guide you to the elevators that go up to our 4th floor meeting space.     
Please contact Karen if you plan to attend so that we can get a rough head count as to how many to expect. 
Karen Gusmer
Stepping Stones - Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) for families who have children with disabilities coming 2018! 
The Family Support Network will offer this new 9-week course on Parenting Children with Special Needs in the Spring of 2018 for families who have children with special needs between 2-5 years. 
The group will meet weekly and learn parenting strategies that have proven to be effective for children with special needs. Space will be limited to 14 parents.  There will be no cost to families for this program.  If you would like to be considered for this course please contact Chris Gentry at 336-703-4289. 
Social Animals
Celebrating Adult Neurodiveristy
3rd Tuesday of the Month
For more information, click HERE.
2002 Dodge Grand Caravan 
Handicap Accessible Van with 62K mile for sale. For more information, call 336-940-7826 or click HERE.
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The Family Support Network provides services at no cost to families. Gifts of any amount help us do this!  You can donate to FSN by clicking HERE and designate your gift to FSN using the comment box.

Breakfast with Santa!
Clemmons Presbyterian Church
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The Family Support Network will host our annual Breakfast with Santa on Dec 2nd at Clemmons Presbyterian Church.  There will be 2 sessions to choose from (9-11 or 11-1) and both will include breakfast, games, crafts and an opportunity to visit with Santa and have a family picture taken.  Reservations are required and will be taken beginning November 1st with a deadline of November 22th.  Please call the Family Support Network office at 336-703-4289 to reserve your spot! For more information, click HERE

El Grupo de Espernaza
Parent Group for Spanish Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs
Monday November 13, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Group will meet at El Buen Pastor Community Center  
Questions?  Call/email Rosa Sanchez at 336-703-4289 or RosaFSN@theCFEC.org

Sibs Under Pressure: Good Pressure vs Bad Pressure
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November 17, 2017
6:00-8:30 PM
Reservations taken 2 weeks prior to each event.
The Children's Center
2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Sibshops are special events for kids ages 5-14 who have a brother or sister with special needs. Please call the Family Support office at 336.703.4289 or email Chris at ChrisFSN@theCFEC.org to reserve your spot or for more information.

Public Drop-In Sessions for Parks and Open Space Plan Update
An update to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Parks and Open Space Plan is underway. City and County staff need your input to establish the recommendations that will guide the future of the City and County Park Systems. Five public drop-in sessions will be held during the month of November to allow citizens an opportunity to let the City and County staff know their thoughts on the City and County parks. Come by anytime during a session to provide your input and talk with staff. 
  • Thursday, November 2nd, 6-8 pm at the Triad Park Woodland Hall, 9652 W. Market Street, Kernersville
  • Tuesday, November 7th, 6-8 pm at the Salem Lake Marina Center, 1001 Salem Lake Road, Winston-Salem
  • Monday, November 27th, 6-8 pm at the Southside Library, 3185 Buchanan Street, Winston-Salem
  • Tuesday, November 28th, 6-8 pm at the Lewisville Library, 6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville
  • Wednesday, November 29th, 4-6 pm at the Bethabara Park Visitor Center, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem
If you can’t make a meeting, please provide your input by taking our survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSFC_ParksandOpenSpace.

New Class for Individuals with Down Syndrome or IDD
Forsyth Technical Community College
NEW class being offered through Forsyth Tech’s  HRD (Human Resources Development) program. It is for individuals with Downs syndrome or IDD, who are no longer in high school (at least for the sessions currently…due to the time of day. Also, they need to be Forsyth county residents.) The class will be geared toward pre-employment skills, professionalism and soft skills as well as other on the job related skills. There will be some real life exposure and training on using public transportation, and overview of finances and technology. 
The class will be held at Forsyth Tech, West campus on Bolton St. It will be a total of 5 weeks.  Because the class is officially registered with Forsyth Tech under their HRD courses, students will receive a certification of completion for job readiness form FTCC.  Students will register through The Enrichment Center (not FTCC). The Enrichment Center will pay for tuitions which aren’t waived, parking passes, and the purchase of a tablet per student. The tablet will be given to the student at the completion of the class with the hopes that it will provide them with a tool to use many of the skills they would have learned from the course. There will also be weekly field trips to enrich the experience. Please contact Debbie Potts at  336-777-0076 ext 1026 or dpotts@enrichmentarc.org  to find out how to register for the upcoming 2018 classes. For more information, click HERE.

Two opportunities to become foster parents in our area…
Crossnore Foster Care & Adoptions program needs you!
If you have a heart for children, find out if being a foster parent is right for you. The next training class begins on January 16, 2018 and now is a great time to learn more about what it takes to help children in this way. Contact Kelly Riley at Crossnore for more information or with any questions that you have.
(336) 721-7641 or kriley@crossnore.org
Children’s Home Society
This is a good opportunity for parents and staff to learn more about CHS and their family and therapeutic foster care programs. If you would like to speak to someone about this please contact:
Aesha McCoy
Family Recruitment Specialist
Children’s Home Society of NC
604 Meadow St
Greensboro, NC 27405
For more information, click HERE.

Community Needs Assessment Survey
Cardinal Innovations 
Cardinal Innovations is conducting a Community Needs Assessment Survey from November 1st through November 20th. We are interested in hearing from members, family members, providers, and stakeholders on service needs from a community perspective. Completing this survey helps us plan for future service needs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health and substance use disorders. Beginning November 1st, the short survey will be available by clicking HERE. To access a Spanish version of the survey, click HERE.

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