We offer a variety of services for families and their needs.
1. Telephone listen, support and information sharing services at 601-355-0915 or 1-800-833-9671.
Our phones are answered by family members who have experience navigating the system and dealing with barriers.
2. Family Partner Services
A parent or caregiver with experience navigating the system can work with you individually to help you get the supports and services you want for your child, including attending meetings with you and assisting you with letter writing. Our Family Partners are trained and supervised in keeping with the national Certified Parent Support competencies of the Federation of Families.
3. Family Network Meetings
These groups meet monthly in Jackson, Vicksburg and Gulfport and are forming in other parts of the state. Groups usually include an educational component of that group's choosing plus the opportunity to informally share thoughts and information. We will support and train any group of families interested in starting a network in their area. For more information contact Coreaner Price at 601-325-0342. Trained workers provide respite services for children during all of our current groups.
4. Family Training and Community Organizing Events
These meetings bring together families with a common training interest or community issue that they wish to address.
5. Statewide Family Network
Anyone who is the parent or caretaker of a child with a serious emotional or behavioral challenge is welcome to join. Becoming a member insures you will receive notices about events and opportunities for training, support and to giving your input to policy makers. Members who wish to pay dues are also able to vote on Families as Allies Board Matters and Policy Initiatives. Click here to become a member: xxxxxxx. If you are not a family member or caregiver but would like to stay involved with Families as Allies, please consider becoming a Friend of Families as Allies by clicking here: xxxxxxxx.
6. Youth Move Chapter
Youth, ages 13 and older meet twice monthly to support each other, strengthen their self-advocacy and leadership skills, and engage in recreational and service activities together. Summer camp activities are available as well.
7. Systems-level Technical Assistance and Advocacy
8. Public Education and Outreach
Mississippi Families as Allies believes that every child and every family has individual strengths. And that with the right help, child and family can succeed. Through our Family Partners program, we provide information, education, support and skills training to make that possible.
Family Partners focus on the strengths of the each family and child, assisting the entire family as they try to attain self sufficiency. Questionnaires and interviews are used to ascertain strengths, values, cultural concerns, activities enjoyed by the family, informal and community supports, social, emotional and physical needs, environmental stressors, coping skills, issues related to the child's maturity, social and psychological functioning, the child's educational background, interest in extracurricular activities and contact with teachers or school administrators.
Training for the Family Partners program is extensive. Those who serve as Family Partners are knowledgeable about all aspects of the System of Care philosophy and wraparound concept, school-based services, child and family teams, strengths based planning and evaluations. They have extensive experience with confidentiality regulations and expectations, community resources, cultural competence, individual service teams, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other children's health issues.