Central Florida Parent Center – Nonprofit of the Month

I’ve chosen Central Florida Parent Center as the March nonprofit of the month. I and my family have become aware of CFPC when we needed assistance and advice for my daughter who is struggling in school due to medical and mental health conditions.

Central Florida Parent CenterThe Central Florida Parent Center provides parents of children who have any type of disability with information, support and help to get the best education possible and to lead productive lives.  When you seek help, you are signed up with a Parent Trainer who can contact you online through a meeting service, via email and phone calls. The Parent Trainer also provides you with the resources you need and is there to support you. Our Parent Trainer attended our daughter’s 504 meeting by phone, helped me prepare the letter requesting evaluations to determine if my daughter is eligible for exceptional education services, and listened to me about my concerns.

When it comes to your child and the possibility or the need for special services in school, it can emotionally draining. CFPC is there to help you through those times. You can take part in the message board and chat, post a discussion on the Central Florida Parent Center Facebook page, or call or email them or call your Parent Trainer.

There is a lot of information to remember, a great deal of paperwork to fill out and lots of laws to keep track of when it comes to children with disabilities getting the education they deserve.  CFPC is there to help you with this too. They have a library of booklets, forms and resources that can be emailed or mailed to you. As you go further with your child, you may be interested in getting trained so that you can be your child’s advocate and help others. CPFC offers training.

Central Florida Parent Center is just one of the nationwide Parent Centers. You can find one in your area by visiting the main website, clicking on National in the header, then click on the map of the US at the top left corner.

You can make a monetary donation to the Central Florida Parent Center to help provide services to families, to assist with the center’s volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House in St. Petersburg and to allow families to attend the Family Cafe – a 3 day conference held each year.

The Central Florida Parent Center has been a source of information and support for me and my family. They deserve to be my nonprofit of the month.

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Connie Roberts

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  1. 1

    Wow! This sounds like a great organization for the parents who need it. I’m sure many people need this additional support and I’m glad to know there’s something there for them (and you).

  2. 2

    What a great idea to highlight such a great organization.
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  3. 3

    I wish they had something like this by me. Navigating the special education maze the schools put your through is frustrating (as I learned myself), so it’s nice that there is a resource to help you through it.
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    • 4

      What county do you live in? We serve Central Fl. and NE Florida if you give your location we can help or find you the help that you deserve.
      Thanks
      Anna Brynild
      Head IEP Coach

  4. 5

    Thanks again for opening our eyes to another great organization!

  5. 6

    Sounds like a great organization!

  6. 7

    You can get help in your state as well

    National PTAC

    http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/national/aboutus.html

  7. 8
    HblackNDecker says:

    I love Central Florida Parent Center and all that they do for our families. The staff and volunteers have such a heart for helping families and children get informed and connected. They strive to inform and support parents in all areas of special education. The tireless work of this organization truly deserves to be rewarded. CFPC serves 30 counties in Florida…check their website, your county may be one of them.
    http://www.cflparents.org

  8. 9

    This sounds like a great organization, thanks for sharing.
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  9. 10

    You’ve opened my eyes to yet another great non profit. I love reading your monthly posts :)
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  10. 11

    What a fantastic resource for parents in Central Florida. Every community should be so lucky. Great choice.
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  11. 12

    Good for you for finding these recources for your readers and sharing them! You rock!

  12. 13

    I have been helping families with the IEP Process for many years now and honestly no case is the same but one thing does happen everyday and that is the parents passion to make sure their child recieve FAPE. I will be holding webinars so even if you are not in our area you can join and learn.
    please feel free to contact me at anna@cflparents.org.

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