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Family Advocacy Center Inc.

The Family Advocacy Center is a not-for-profit agency located in Deerfield, New York, funded by the state agency Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The mission of the agency is to serve individuals who have a developmental or intellectual disability.

FAC began over 31 years ago as a grass-roots parent advocacy group. A small group of parents living with their disabled children in Oneida County banded together first at a local level, then at the state level, in order to advocate for services. Their first goal was to establish a place where they could drop off their disabled loved one at a supervised, safe place, with experienced, competent staff, in order to have a temporary break, or respite, from their role of caregiver. The result of these meetings was the development of the first stand alone respite center in New York State! That group of parents whose deeds changed the lives of many other parents in similar circumstances incorporated in NY State under the name of Parent Advocates for the Retarded and Developmentally Disabled, today known as the Family Advocacy Center.

Today, Family Advocacy Center continues to provide services to individuals who reside in Oneida, Lewis, and Herkimer Counties. The staff at FAC include Medicaid Service Coordinators and Special Education Advocates. The goal is to provide the best quality of life to individuals whether it involves a school program, community integration, recreational and respite services, habilitation services, life planning and transition services, and employment services, in other words, services that span a lifetime.