Our association with the Texas Federation of Families has provided deep training and support in both best practices and legislative advocacy. We have testified on legislation affecting local families and children with disabilities and advocated with individual legislators throughout the 78th and 79th Texas legislative sessions and distributed information on legislation and action alerts to local families and area stakeholders. DCFF has been a catalyst in efforts to bring Systems of Care and best practices to our county, having spearheaded the local effort culminating in the Denton County Alliance for Children and Families which continues this work. We participate in numerous state level policy committees and bring that information back to local stakeholders. We are parents of children with differences as well as professionals and members of our community.
As family members who have been there we have provided a unique kind of support to families facing very challenging lives. We have given 1:1 support - an experienced shoulder to lean on, support groups, information and referral; assistance with appropriate accommodations within IDEA in schools; and family voice with local providers and state legislators and policy makers. Most of all we have maintained a focus not on what is broken about children or their families but rather on their strengths. We know from experience that if you only attend to that which is sick, it becomes sicker. We help children and families identify what they do well and support them in building upon those strengths and help them connect to natural support systems and rejoin their communities.