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Family-Centered Principles

  • A child with special needs, like all children, is first a member of a family within a community.
  • The family is the child's first and best advocate.
  • Children reach their greatest potential when families and service providers enjoy an equal, respectful partnership.
  • Effective services make families feel welcomed, are shaped by families and are responsive to the families’ cultural values.
  • Family support, which builds upon the unique strengths of the family, is an integral part of meeting a child’s special needs.
  • Families and professionals must work together in a climate of mutual respect and trust to be successful.
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PEATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to building positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. You can reach PEATC by calling 703-923-0010 (Voice/TTY), or sending an e-mail to partners@peatc.org.

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