Family Partners in System of Care
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​​​​Family Partners are a critical piece in a System of Care. Family Partner Organizations are focused on empowering families and parents to advocate for their children/youth with  emotional, developmental, behavioral, substance use, or mental health concerns. A Family Partner assists and supports family members to navigate through multiple systems (i.e.: basic needs, healthcare, behavioral healthcare, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, court, etc.). It is a strength based approach that promotes mutual learning from common lived experience and coaching that can have the following outcomes:​​​​​​

  • Promotes well-being, trust, and hope
  • Increases communication and informed decision making
  • Identifies and develops advocacy skills
  • Develops parenting, self-care, and wellness/recovery skills
  • Increases access to community resources and supports
  • Reduces rural isolation that family members experience 


A Family Partner provides an opportunity for recovery, hope, and self-efficacy. Services are provided by individuals who have life experience raising a youth with an emotional, behavioral, mental health, substance abuse, or developmental disability.


North Carolina Families United Family Partner Contact Information

Northern Region: Alamance/Caswell, Orange/Person/Chatham

Chandrika Brown 336-447-0734 or

Mecklenburg: Wanda Douglas 704-957-7006 or