Family Empowerment Team in Action
What is FETA?
The Family Empowerment Team in Action (FETA) is a partnership between North Los Angeles County Regional Center (NLACRC) and California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The goal of the program is to assist families who have challenges in accessing and utilizing Regional Center services. It is a free and voluntary program for families.
Who is FETA?
The FETA team consists of 7 social work students from CSUN called “Navigators,” 3 professors, and staff from the Family Focus Resource Center. The team works with families identified by Regional Center to help them better understand Regional Center services and meet their family and child’s goals.
How FETA Works?
While many families receive Regional Center services, there are many families who need them but cannot access those services due to challenges and barriers such as housing, immigration, cultural differences, lack of trust with providers, and difficulty communicating with “the system.”
Once a family becomes a part of FETA, they will be assigned a Master of Social Work student intern (Navigator) that attends California State University, Northridge. The Navigator will provide extra support to see what barriers/challenges a family may be facing and they will assist in addressing those barriers with advocacy, supporting cultural lens, and navigating any challenges the family may have with Regional Center or other provider services.
How to Join FETA?
The first step in the process is to let Regional Center know that you are interested in learning more about the FETA program. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive a call from your Service Coordinator to get your consent. Then, you’ll be contacted by a CSUN Navigator who will set up a time to meet with you. The next step will be an assessment meeting with you and your Navigator. The assessment is an interview where the Navigator gathers information regarding your family’s history and what your needs are in order to develop a plan best for you.
All information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any government or outside agency.
For more information, contact your service coordinator and ask about FETA.