Who we are
Families for a Secure Future is dedicated to serving adults with developmental disabilities and supporting them to become more engaged in directing their lives, making choices and taking up full citizenship in the community.
We are a regional, Independent Facilitation organization that is charitable and not for profit. We have over fifteen years of experience supporting indiviudals and their families.
Our vision focuses on supporting individuals within the context of their family/friends to develop a unique plan for moving forward and creating a meaningful life for themselves. This plan evolves over time, out of intentional conversations that help them to clarify their vision as well as explore what it will take to really make it happen.
Through providing support to families in local Family Groups, families benefit directly by increasing their opportunities for learning, growing and broadening their network of support. Families also increase the possibilities in their lives for collaboration and sharing resources.
Independent Facilitation and planning focuses on the needs that arise among individuals and families within the context of creating a meaningful life in community where the individual is supported to take up his citizenship and make his or her contribution alongside others.
While the individual may choose a range of services and supports it is this vision of community inclusion that sets it apart from other person-directed planning models.
The role is fundamentally derived from a social justice perspective meaning that individuals who have a developmental disability are supported to take up their citizenship and participate alongside others in their community. Independent facilitators believe community is always the first place to turn for fulfilling a dream, developing relationships, having valued roles, and finding solutions.
Independent facilitators are deeply aware of the importance of family to the individuals they support. Where there are no existing family connections, effort is made to recognize those people who love and care for the individual and who are prepared to stand by them over time and foster these kinds of relationships. The foundation of the work is relational. Independent facilitators form and help create trusting and lasting relationships over time that lead to individuals and families being far less likely to go into crisis and needing to rely solely on the service system for support.
Independent facilitators are free of conflicts because they are not part of an organization that offers residential or day support programs. They also do not have any responsibility related to assessment, eligibility, service provision or funding determinations.
(Adapted from IFCO Report on Direction of Independent Facilitation)
Our organization is dedicated to supporting those we serve to become more engaged in directing their lives, making choices and building a meaningful life in the community.
Our vision focuses on supporting individuals within the context of their family/friends to develop a unique plan for moving forward and creating a meaningful life for themselves. This plan evolves over time out of intentional conversations that help people to clarify their vision as well as explore what it will take to make it happen.
We assist parents (and sometimes siblings) of the indivduals we support to come together regularly into Family Groups. These groups provide mutual support to one another so that they can help each other grow and learn together over time.
Joining a Family Group can be very valuable to families although it is not a requirement of families who are receiving independent facilitation support from our organization.
As an independent facilitation organization with clear values and beliefs, we are deeply committed to supporting individuals and their families to imagine better and to become active and contributing members of their community.