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Conference Attendees Visit AFN

Allegheny Family Network participated in the National Family and Community Engagement Conference on June 20, 2016 as a site host for conference attendees.

Twenty-five participants from across the country came to our office to hear about what we do as a family-run organization to support families across Allegheny County.

The morning was broken down into short skits allowing our guests to experience a little about how each of our programs engages families, provides support needed, and encourages family voice as they toured our office. A mock Parent Advisory Board was in "session". And social, educational and support activities and events for AFN families were discussed.








When asked what you learned about a Family-Run Organization, comments from the conference participants included,
“Families come first which is the most important thing ever.”
“Love that staff have to have experience raising a child with mental health or behavioral challenges.”
“The fathers program and support groups are really, really inspiring.”
“I learned about every area of support during my visit.”

In addition, “Collaboration and communication is key, giving families a voice is essential.”









The consensus from all the comments made about tools we use to meet our families, to providing neighborhood based support groups that are actively run by families, and providing support in all areas of a family's life comes down to this,

AFN meets families were they are!

Ruth Fox, Executive Director and National Family and Community Engagement Conference Attendees

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