The Indiana First Steps System is based on family centered, coordinated services. A family centered approach to intervention is emphasized in Part C of IDEA. Part C mandates family involvement in a variety of ways. Families are to be involved in: 1) establishing outcomes for their child within the context of the family system; 2) designing and implementing strategies for intervention; and 3) determining the progress that their child is making. Critical elements of early intervention are communication between the family and the service providers and respect for the ability of each family to make informed decisions about their child. Part C provides a structure for family involvement via the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). The IFSP is based on the resources, concerns and priorities of each family and results in the realization of outcomes for the family and child. Another way to ensure family involvement is the Service Coordinator. The Service Coordinator assists t
Family Voices Indiana is a family-led organization that provides information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.