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How do I get started?

Families As Allies is ready to work with you and your family and assist you in finding support and services for your children and yourselves. Because we know, as you do, that children's health matters.

Our services and programs are monitored and certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health as well as the federal government. All of our services are free of charge and we maintain complete confidentiality for you and your child.

There are several ways to become involved with Families as Allies:

  1. Call us at 601-355-0915 or 1-800-833-9671.  Our phones are answered by family members who can share resources with you and lend a listening ear.
  2. Visit one of our family network meetings.  These groups meet monthly in Jackson, Vicksburg and Gulfport and we are forming more 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. For more information contact Coreaner Price at 601-325-0342.
  3. Attend one of our family events.  Our next scheduled event will be December 7, 2013 and will focus on Exceptional Education services in the Jackson Public School System and how families can work together to insure the services are as accountable and effective as possible.
  4. Join our 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 of our organization  ensures you will receive notices about events and opportunities for training and support.  Members who wish to pay dues are also able to vote on Families as Allies Board Matters and Policy Initiatives.
  5. If you are having issues with your child's school, please go to our Resources page and you can also look at our Current Issues page, which we update regularly with items of interest to families. Many of the parents who contact us do so because of school issues.   Many of these links are related to commonly faced issues.  This link from the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center explains the steps to get an assessment for Exceptional Education Services.

 

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Upcoming Events
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 07:30 AM
Families as Allies in Jackson, MS

Bring Your IEP Day

BRING YOUR IEP (AND YOUR QUESTIONS) DAY


Come to the Families as Allies office on Tuesday, July 24th with your IEP and your questions. Drop in anytime between 7:30 AM and 6 PM. You'll be able to visit with parents who have been in your shoes, and we will support you in finding answers.

JPS FAMILIES:

You will also have the opportunity to share feedback about ways to make JPS work better for all students and families if you would like. The feedback will be shared with the Better Together Commission.

Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Word and Worship Church in Jackson, MS

Back to School Blast

Families as Allies is funded through generous donations, training fees, grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration, the City of Jackson and the Department of Mental Health, and contracts with other non-profits and agencies.