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Module One: Lesson Three

Role of Family Resource Specialists (FRS)

Since 1992, Florida's Early Steps has implemented a local family involvement structure of Family Resource Specialists (FRS). Each Local Early Steps service area is required to have Family Resource Specialists (FRS) involved in their local area. The FRS works closely with the Early Steps Director/Coordinator. The FRS must be a family member of a child who received early intervention services or would have been eligible for early intervention services.

The FRS serves as a resource for families served through the local Early Steps and serves as a community link to support family-centered efforts and activities within the local Early Steps. The FRS advocates for families served by expressing the views, perspectives and needs conveyed by families. The FRS also solicits feedback from families receiving early intervention services to ensure diverse input regarding programs, policies and the delivery of early intervention services.


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