The Family to Family Network (FtoFN) is a statewide parent support network run by volunteers. It is designed to educate, strengthen, and support families of persons with disabilities, especially those who are on the waiting list or are in services with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD). Network leaders are parents of individuals with special needs and link families to local resources, services, and disability-friendly events. The FtoFN is a project of the Utah Parent Center.
They can help you by providing:
- support through local meetings, either in-person or online
- information and referral
- family to family support
- tips on how to advocate for your family
- help to families who qualify or may be eligible for services from DSPD, and help to understand programs and services and how to work with service providers and support coordinators
- training on choosing or changing your support coordinator.
Individuals in DSPD services create a Person-Centered Support Plan (PCSP) to help them achieve a good life. Families can participate in Person-Centered Planning activities, with or without DSPD services, to create a vision of a good life using tools from Charting the LifeCourse. We have created a video series that demonstrates how families can use the Life Trajectory, the Life Domain Vision Tool, and the Integrated Supports Star tools to create a vision for a good life for their loved ones with disabilities.
For more information about the FtoFN, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The FtoFN is a statewide organization; however, we do have local support groups in the following areas:
Box Elder County
Box Elder County is currently without a leader. If you live in Box Elder County, have a child in DSPD services or on the waitlist for DSPD services, and are interested, please contact Sarah Dalton at email@example.com or 801-272-1051.
Lora Meerdo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Kunz, email@example.com
Facebook: Cache County Family to Family Network
Darrelyn Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phyllis Weber, email@example.com
Karen Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Arnesen, email@example.com
Facebook: Davis County Family to Family Network
Dana Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christie Rhoades, email@example.com
Facebook: Duchesne County Family to Family Network
Tanisha Wittwer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Iron County Family to Family Network
Salt Lake County
Kathy Self, email@example.com
Mandy Kent, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonnie Nordell, email@example.com
Facebook: Sanpete County Family to Family Network
Tooele County is currently without a leader. If you live in Tooele County, have a child in DSPD services or on the waitlist for DSPD services, and are interested, please contact Sarah Dalton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-272-1051.
Facebook: Tooele County Family to Family Network
Cami Cook, email@example.com
Brandy Iverson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Uintah County Family to Family Network/
Jodi Hansen, email@example.com
Tracy Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Utah County Family to Family Network
Sunni Brann, email@example.com
Additional Local Area Resource Lists