Family Support Organizations

Family Support Organizations (FSO’s) are family-run, county-based organizations that provide direct family-to-family peer support, education, advocacy and other services to family members of children with emotional and behavioral challenges. 

Our Team Members are empowered parents with children with various mental health, emotional, behavioral, developmental, intellectual, developmental disabilities or substance use challenges and have navigated the children’s system of care for many years. We are skilled in being able to provide valuable peer to peer support and assistance to families in need of services who are just beginning their journey through what could be perceived as a complicated system.

Mission Statement

To facilitate empowerment of parents and caregivers of children with emotional, behavioral, mental health, developmental, intellectual, substance abuse or juvenile justice challenges through a community-based, family centered, culturally competent system of support, education and advocacy.

support education advocacy 

Help For Families

When a child has an emotional, behavioral, mental health challenges, developmental, intellectual or substance abuse, or juvenile justice issue the entire family is affected.

Parents and caregivers need: 
support for themselves and other family members.
to understand what is going on with their child and how they can help. 
to understand and learn how to navigate the System of Care
to be a part of the process - their voices need to be heard 

improving family life, 

knowledge and understanding!

Family Support Organizations

* Provide intense peer-to-peer support for families with children at the highest levels of care management 

* Educate families about the System of Care and their rights and responsibilities within the system

*Advocate to ensure families get what they need

* Empower families to become advocates for their children

* Encourage families to recognize and appreciate their strengths
* Help families articulate their needs
* Support families in providing feedback to their service providers
* Ensure the family voice is heard