Past Recipients of the
Gary Ander Award

2018 Karen Reaves, MA, LPA, System of Care Coordinator
Trillium Health Resources

2017 Beth Pfister-Cardinal Innovations- Corporate System of Care Manager

2016 Joan Pennell- NC State University- Director of the Center for Family and
Community Engagement

2015 Narell Joyner- MeckCARES State Liaison and SOC Consultant
Mecklenburg County

2014 William (Bill) Hussey- Wake County-‎State Director of Exceptional
Children Services at NC Department of Public Instruction

2013 Ed Eklund- System of Care Coordinator at Centerpoint Forsyth County

2012 Christina Christopoulos- Duke University-Center for Child and Family

2012 The First Annual Gary Ander Award presented to Gary Ander-
SOC Project Director-Alamance County

LifeTime Achievement Award

2015 Susan Robinson
2016 Libby Jones
2018 Terri Shelton







Your struggle is part of your story


See a Child and Family Team Meeting in Action

Preparation: Family In-Home Meeting

The Meeting:  Family and Child Team Planning Meeting

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North Carolina Families United is the Statewide Family Network and the state chapter of the National Federation of Families

NC Families United is a family support and advocacy organization. It’s mission is to:

Link families to State and community partners for the purpose of improving the lives of children, youth, and families with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs;

Focus active attention on the unique strengths and needs of these children and their families by educating and advising policy makers, service providers, other advocacy organizations;

Actively promote policies and procedures that serve the best interests of these children, youth, and their families through work with State and local officials;

Actively promote, model and adhere to the values and principles of System of Care.

Services available for North Carolina families, family organizations, system of care sites, and family partners

Families United can help link families to services in their home communities that include mental health, physical health, social services, and educational needs.

Families United can work with local community family organizations to provide organizational 501c3 mentorship, linkage to nonprofit small business associations, support and help with local grant development to help grow and nurture local family organizations.

Families United works with System of Care grantees to help bring Family Driven Technical Assistance to the funded project. We can help you construct your grant with family driven input.

Families United mentors and supports all North Carolina Family Partners. We encourage all Family Partners to join our bi-monthly group to discuss and develop the position of Family Partner. All Family Partners from all systems and agencies are welcome to join our group. NC Families United supports ALL Family Partners.

Families United mentors youth during the transition period into adulthood. We can provide one on one mentorship for youth struggling with mental health issues get through school and into adulthood as contributing members of the community.

Families United host our annual Youth Leadership Series. We train leaders of tomorrow today. If you are a youth ages 14-21 who has struggled with mental health issues and you want your voice heard, join our leadership group.

Youth who have had mental health or behavioral challenges are encouraged to join Youth Move NC. Youth Move NC is NC Families United’s statewide youth leadership gro

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