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Center for Family Involvement (Stories and information for families and individuals in the disability community)


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.


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.


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


Dana Yarbrough
CFI Helpline


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