ABOUT

The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so that families, children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.

The Center for Family Involvement team is made up of people with disabilities, parents, siblings, other family members and professionals. All of us have advocated, mentored and taken leadership roles in support of people with disabilities leading the lives they want for themselves.

We know that getting good, unbiased information is the first step in playing this supporting role. Training also helps each of us to do our best as advocates, mentors and leaders.

Please join us at the CFI in creating a place where people with disabilities, parents, family members and professionals can go to get the information, training and support they need.

ABOUT US

The Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University partners with the Virginia departments of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS), Education (VDOE) and Health (VDH), the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Administration on Developmental Disabilities (AOD), and others in supporting a variety of activities to strengthen family involvement.

OUR MISSION

The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so that families, children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.

OUR VISION

Every family of a person with a disability, together with the professionals who work with them, embraces the family’s role in improving the lives of people with disabilities. Families become:

  • Advocates who speak with and for their family members with disabilities
  • Mentors who use what they have learned to help others
  • Leaders who make possible a better life for those who follow

INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, CULTURAL COMPETENCE

“The CFI is committed to inclusion, diversity, and cultural competence.  We stand by the statements put out both by VCU and by AUCD.  We will continue to strive to model inclusive practices and to promote self-awareness and cultural agility and humility among our students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to promoting systemic equity throughout our support to families and our programming. We encourage our CFi team members and Family Navigators to reflect on how they can be agents of change. Listen and have the difficult conversations, read current literature on bias, racism, privilege, and complicity, and engage in professional development opportunities. We will be sharing resources with you, and if you find good resources, please share them with us. We have a lot of work to do. Let’s work together for justice with compassion. ”

-Dana Yarbrough, CFI Director

CFI Brochure
Family to Family Network of VA Brochure

700 East Franklin Street
P.O. Box 843020
Richmond, Virginia 23284-3020
HELPLINE: (877) 567-1122
FAX: (804) 828-0042
TTY RELAY: (800) 828-1120

EMAIL: cfihelpline@vcu.edu

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  1. Hey! I’ve seen Erin Croyle’s speech to her local school board and posted it to our own FB page: The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion. Erin, you are simply fantastic and I am so grateful for your advocacy and your passion…know we would be besties. Keep fighting the fight…keep speaking up…some day soon Arlo will speak up and it will rock your world. Recently, my son Patrick (who is 18, has Down Syndrome and is applying to colleges) gave a co-presentation about inclusive higher ed with me. Watching Patrick speak to a room full of about 100 people was watching Kyrptonite in action. They were speechless…it was soul-nourishing and exactly what the room needed. Congrats to you!!

    PS Our website has an entire tab on the educational research supporting inclusion and another tab on the research that shows the harmful effects of segregation…please use it and share widely.

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