The Cultural Broker Initiative
Beginning in 2009, the Center for Family Involvement funds staff to act as liaisons and cultural brokers. The differences between the two are explained below.
Liaisons are a specific resource to families calling the Family to Family Network of Virginia for 1:1 emotional, informational and systems navigational support who represent that disability or a special community (e.g., deaf, mental health, military).
Any parent can contact a Liaison directly (see contact information below). Liaisons also recruit Family Navigators from across the state (not just from their home region) to support them and the F2F Network. To apply to become a Family Navigator, click the back button and click on APPLY NOW button at the bottom of the Family to Family Network page.
the Autism community – Linda Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org
the Blind/Visually Impaired Community – Dawn Peifer Email: email@example.com
the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Community – Irene Schmalz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
the Down Syndrome Community – Jill Rose Email: email@example.com
the Mental Health Community – Patrice Beard Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
the Military Community – Catherine Lochner Email: email@example.com
Cultural Brokers are specific to immigrant, refugee and/or racial/ethnically diverse populations. The primary role of Cultural Brokers is outreach to organizations and groups in Virginia (and country) with whom the CFI (and the Partnership for People with Disabilities) should partner with to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse families with children with disabilities. And, to represent the CFI on local, state, and national committees.
Cultural Brokers take phone calls from diverse parents seeking support and support Local F2F Network Coordinators with recruiting culturally and linguistically diverse Family Navigators for their own region. To apply to become a culturally diverse Family Navigator, click the back button and click on APPLY NOW button at the bottom of the Family to Family Network page.
African Cultural Broker – Mauretta Copeland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Asian and MultiCultural Broker – Angela West Email: email@example.com
Immigrant/Refugee Broker – Amel Ibrahim Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Latino Cultural Broker – Diego Zuniga Email: email@example.com
Latina Cultural Broker – Nubia Quick Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download our Cultural Broker Flyer: Cultural Broker Initiative