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Helping Families Raising Children with Developmental Disabilities
Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Oregon Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Disabilities announce the following funding recipients:
  • Families for Community in Southern Oregon will receive $81, 809.
  • Central Oregon Disability Support Network will receive $81, 809.
  • Family and Community Together, (FACT) Portland Metro area will receive $105,477. In addition, FACT will receive a second contract of $38,750 to develop a curriculum of activities and materials targeted to families and children birth through age five to be adapted and used by other family networks.
"These family driven organizations are built on the philosophy that no one knows how to better support families than other families," said Kathryn Weit, executive director of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities. "They have proven that with a strong network, families are better able to support their children and envision a future where their children are active and participating members of their larger community."
 
"We recognize and support the important contribution families make to each other," said Mary Lee Fay, administrator of the Office of Developmental Disabilities, Oregon DHS. "Our intent is to maximize the dollars in every community to support families in this very important role. We are very excited to see what a little financial support of an already thriving network can achieve."
 
Funding from the general fund was allocated by the Oregon legislature in the 2011 session. The grants, which run through June 30, 2013, will create opportunities to expand family networks, increase connections among families and reach out to diverse communities. The funding aims to increase access to training and information with the goal to increase the number of families engaged in their local community.
 
Fay said that this funding fits into the larger state strategy to maximize available resources in communities and at the same time improve the quality of services available.
 
"This grant will enable us to begin to branch out into other counties within Southern Oregon and replicate this parent driven, peer-delivered model of support," said Emilie Sampson, executive director of Families for Community in Medford. "We will provide family support groups, workshops and trainings and expand our social network of families."
 
"We are super excited to receive this grant," said Dianna Hansen, president of the Central Oregon Disability Support Network. "These funds will allow us to do so much more and to expand and include more families, as well as outreach to underserved populations in Central Oregon," she said.
 
"We appreciate this support," said Roberta Dunn, executive director of Family and Community Together (FACT). "Families share with us that accessing peer delivered family support and connecting with one-another is life changing. These funds will enable us to connect families with one-another through the Portland metro area."
 
In addition, Dunn said the second grant will enable FACT to focus specifically on children birth to age five. "Our goal with this is to help families be prepared and help their children experience a successful transition into kindergarten."
 
For more information on each of the organizations receiving funding, contact one of the organizations listed below: