First In Families is a North Carolina organization that supports people with developmental disabilities and their families to create the lives they want now and in the future. First In Families is organized by county. Please see the list below for contact information from participating First In Families regional offices and contact the office indicated to see if you qualify for a scholarship to attend the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat.
If you have any questions or live in an area that isn’t listed in the contact information please email us at email@example.com. We will be happy to call the First In Families office in your area to see if they want to participate.
UPDATE 5/1: Some First in Families Offices have spent all their funding for the fiscal year. Please contact your local FIF office to find out if they are still able to fund scholarships!
IMPORTANT: If you are hoping to attend the Happy Mama Conference and Retreat through a scholarship from First In Families, e-mail us at Happy Mama Retreat to reserve your spot. We’ll need your name, phone number, e-mail address, and home address. If we do not receive confirmation from First In Families within 1 month of your initial contact with us your reservation will be lost.
ALSO IMPORTANT: Happy Mama is honoring the early bird registration rate of $145 throughout registration for the conference and retreat.
First In Family Offices:
In Durham county, please call or email Wanda Brown (919-724-3423) at Durham First In Families. For an application click HERE.
In Orange, Person, or Chatham county, please call or email Pete Mora (919-251-8368, ext. 107) at Central Carolina First In Families. For an application click HERE.
In Mecklenburg County, please contact Constance Finch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at 704.536.6661 ext 437), First in Families of Mecklenburg county. Below are the First In Families of Mecklenburg (FIFMeck) forms that the qualifying consumers may use to apply for FIFMeck funds. To prevent a delay in the processing of their FIF Applications, they need to insure that they submit all required documentation with their applications, i.e., proof of developmental disability for family member in the same household, i.e., IEP, PCP; proof of address for the individual with the DD and proof of address for individual applying for funds; proof of total net household income; proof of registration for the Happy Mama Conference & Retreat ($145 maximum) and proof of hotel registration ($100 maximum). FIF Applications may be faxed, mailed or hand-delivered.
In New Hanover, Brunswick, and Pender counties, please contact Regina Johnson (email@example.com), 910-350-2737, at First in Families Southeastern NC.
In Wake county, please call or email Rachel Pack, (919-571-8092 ext.416) Resource Coordinator for First In Families of Wake County.
In Anson, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph and Richmond counties, please contact Beverly Davis at First In Families of the Sandhills, at 910-692-8272 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In Alamance, Alexander, Beaufort, Berite, Bladen, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dar, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Guilford, Henderson, Hertford, Hyde, Iredell, Jones, Lenoir, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mithcell, Nash, Northhampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Polk, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Surry, Transylvania, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, Wilson, and Yancy counties, plase contact Krysta Gougler at the FIFNC Lifeline Project: 919-251-8368 ext. 103 or email her at email@example.com
Download the application packet for FIFNC Lifeline by clicking HERE.