Lizbeth Curet-Nava is one of our HIS for the Indianapolis area and currently resides in Mccordsville, IN with her husband Gilberto of 10 years and her two year old twins Carmen and Cameron. She’s originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and grew up as a Military brat. She worked for eight and a half years as a Prenatal Health Educator and the last five years with Children's Bureau in Supervised visitation, Foster parent trainer, and Adoption Champion. Her heart is to help others and Family Voices is a place where currently she’s able to do just that!
Heather Dane is one of our HIS for the Indianapolis area. Since her son, Joseph, was born in 2004, Heather has attended numerous workshops and conferences in an effort to become an effective advocate for her children. Joseph was born with a rare brain disorder resulting in mulitple disabilities and special health care needs. Her daughter, Mikayla, was born premature in 2010 and also had a stroke in utero. Heather has an Associate of Science degree in Human Services with a Mental Health Specialty and will complete her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a Marketing Specialty in the summer of 2012.Heather worked as a Family Advocate for The Arc of Indiana for two years and is excited to be joining the Family Voices Indiana family. Heather strongly believes in and advocates for full inclusion of all persons regardless of ability.
Families who are eligible to participate in Indiana’s First Steps System include those with children ages birth to three years old who:
- Are experiencing developmental delays.
- Have a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.
Families come to First Steps in one of two ways. Most families are referred to their local First Steps program by doctors, hospital staff, or other social service agency caseworkers. Others are “self-referrals,” contacting First Steps directly because they are concerned about apparent delays in their child’s development. You can find your local First Steps office here.
The first thing the First Steps Intake Coordinator can do to help your infant or toddler get help is to schedule an initial assessment and evaluation. This service is paid for by First Steps and brings you together with a team of professionals or multidisciplinary team to identify any developmental delay or disability and recommend early intervention services that may benefit your child.
After the initial assessment and evaluation, it may be determined that your child is eligible and in need of early intervention services. Based upon your concerns, you will discuss what services your child may need, what resources are available to you in your community, what your family’s priorities are, what your family’s resources are and last, but not least, your hopes and dreams for your child.
This information then is written into the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), which is a “road map” or action plan for the services your child and family may receive. It includes your major goals for your child; how progress will be measured; what and where services will be provided; when they will begin and for how long; methods of payment; and transition upon the child’s third birthday.
A Family Voices health information specialist would be happy to help you with accessing First Steps. Feel free to call us at 317 944 8982 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgIf you'd like to sign up for our monthly newsletter, you can do so here.
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