By Nancy Micca
At Family Support Network of Central Carolina (FSNCC), we believe in the power of creating and maintaining caring connections with our families. When a family experiences a NICU journey or receives a diagnosis that will affect them throughout the life span it can quickly change a family’s dynamic. This is an especially emotional time where families learn to come to terms with the information and forge a new path for themselves and their children.
We understand that during those difficult times of transition, feelings of fear, excitement, grief and many other emotions are experienced by parents and caregivers alike. It is during those times where we all need to have someone by our side to say, “You are not alone…we are here to help.” Family Support Network of Central Carolina’s vision is for every child to have a thriving family. It is our mission to provide support, education and caring connections to families who have a child with special needs or who experience a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay.
One of the most important commitments of Family Support Network of Central Carolina is our dedication to families within the NICU at Women’s Hospital of Greensboro. With a main office located just across the hall from the NICU, we are able to directly interact with families and support them throughout their stay and beyond. While in the NICU, families are able to receive a wide variety of supports and services during their stay. This includes our monthly NICU lunches and dinners (often provided by NICU nurses or graduate families), bi-weekly Books for Babies initiative, Home Visitation program for qualifying Guilford County residents, Baby Basics program (which assists families with baby care items and equipment needed for a successful home transition), and much more.
FSNCC also offers services and community programing for families of children with special needs in Guilford and the surrounding counties. Through our parent mentor program, trained parents are matched with another parent who is also raising a child with similar needs and challenges, and we also offer monthly support groups and free social and recreational events throughout the year.
We are most proud of the many lasting relationships we forge with families. Many of our families leave the NICU and stay connected with us for many years, whether that is for “paying it forward” by becoming a parent mentor, hosting a meal for current families, participating in one of our support groups or attending events.
The transition after a diagnosis or a NICU journey can be scary and lonely. Family Support Network often goes above and beyond in providing what families need, when they need it. We leave no stone unturned when helping a family through a crisis of any kind.
To contact Family Support Network of Central Carolina, please reach out to us via telephone, email and social media:
- (336) 832-6507
- Facebook: Family Support Network of Central Carolina
- Twitter: @fsn_cc
- Instagram: @fsn_cc
Check our website for more information about our programs and services, where you can ask to be placed on our list serve to receive our monthly newsletter and calendar of events!