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Family Support Network

The Family Support Network works to uncover the resources, funding, and services needed to help people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives in their own homes. By focusing on the needs of both family members and individuals, we help break down barriers to clear the way for long-term success.

How We Help

We make finding family services flexible and easy, using personal and professional experience to bring lifestyle benefits and support to all.

Inform

We connect the dots to the right resources, opening doors to smart choices.

Educate

Education brings everyone together, uniting families under informed plans of action.

Support

Help individuals live at home on their own with guided support.

Our Main Goals 

We focus on family first, respecting all cultural, social, economic, and spiritual differences to help improve home-life dynamics and foster even stronger familial bonds.

Family Support Network aims to: 

Keep families together 

until the person with a disability chooses to live independently

Empower caregivers

to meet the many needs of their family member with a disability

Improve support 

to families while minimizing the need and the cost of out-of-home placement

Allow family participation 

in integrated leisure, recreational, and social activities

Make a positive difference

in the lives of people with disabilities as well as the lives of family members

Family Support Network Resources

Our Team 

More than 65 million Americans provide for a family member who has a disability, spending countless time and energy for someone they love. As part of the Arc of Illinois, our team is expertly connected and uniquely qualified to help families find the resources they need to continue giving the highest level of care and support possible. 

Shirley Perez

Shirley

Director

Shirley has navigated the state system as both a professional and a parent, caring for an adult child with a developmental disability.  She self-directs her daughter’s long-term Medicaid waiver services, and has over 40 years of hands-on experience.

Troy Markert

Troy

Family Specialist

Troy has worked at the Division of Developmental Disabilities and brings problem-solving expertise for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, working closely with our Advocacy Liaison. 

Shakari Ashbury

Shakari

Outreach/Advocacy Liaison

Shakari collaborates with organizations that focus on underserved communities and individuals with I/DD, among other duties. She keeps the team focused and in touch with diverse audiences, ensuring our materials are understandable.

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Testimonial

“I want to thank The Director and Arc Family Support Network for helping my brother. Due to their help, we got a victory with DRS with an apology.

It's been extremely hard for me to reach out to others for help because so many people that I loved and trusted have forsaken our family. Mostly, they took advantage of us when we were most vulnerable. I am glad that I reached out to you and the Arc at an Arc FSN event.

Because of the compassion and knowledge that was demonstrated by this organization, not only was my brother able to get the services that he needed, we were given great favor with the Director and Supervisor of DRS.

I am so ever grateful."