MFN involves, engages and assists members with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) in gaining equal opportunity, independence, full integration and financial self-sufficiency. These families, relatives and community may be parents (even those with IDD), adoptive parents, foster care providers, professionals and educators, siblings, uncles/aunts/cousins, grandparents, grandchildren, parents (including those with IDD) and similar relationships.
Manovikas Family strive to assist with educational programs, expertise and info. We are convinced that knowledgeable parents are the best advocates for their children. Therefore, proper emotional backing and handling behavioural problems are central components of our programs.
To ensure everyone has access to our services, we consider things like culture, language heritage, immigration status, values, religion, LGBTQ+, etc., while aiming to promote independence and choice among those afflicted by IDD.
Best practices are followed throughout the lifetime of such a person, both if the individual resides in the family home or is currently receiving residential care, Govt. funded services; additionally, family members and caregivers should have options for salaries when offering essential support from home.
Overall, Manovikas stands for a complete array of policies supporting families rather than only showing “family support” programs sponsored by governmental or private organisations.
Reach Your Highest Potential with Manovikas Family Network!
Manovikas Family Network (MFN) is dedicated to helping persons and their families with special requirements reach their highest potential. Manovikas Family and its team has been selflessly working for the well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental difficulties in India via its Manovikas Charitable Society, an entity offering support through various projects and services.
Along these lines, MFN strives to make obtaining family resources easier, flexible, and non-restrictive.
MFN’s mission focuses on equipping loved ones with knowledge while teaching them how to become more informed when making decisions that better serve their needs.
Furthermore, by delving into family dynamics, we help to reinforce families whilst respecting each cultural, economic and spiritual difference within a household.
Our ultimate goal is to preserve unity within family settings while enabling those who may require extra aid to live independently if desired–thereby allowing persons with disabilities access to leisure recreation activities and social inclusion activities simultaneously.
Our Prime Objectives
We concentrate on families first, honouring all unique cultural, economic, spiritual and social distinctions to help develop home life dynamics and generate more durable family connections.
MFN intends to:
until someone with a disability prefers to live independently.
to effectively manage the numerous needs of their relationship with a disability.
for households whilst diminishing the need for and expense of outer-home location.
in mixed leisure, recreational and social events.
on the lives of disabled individuals plus those of family associates
Statements for MFN:
MFN creates meaningful experiences through customised programmes that nurture caregiving, strengthen family relationships, develop life skills, and empower all network members to reach their fullest potential.
No matter who you are or where you come from, with MFN, your family can be part of something bigger while utilising their specialised resources to create lasting memories together.
How MFN works?
Giving assistance is our top priority, using personal and professional insights to offer comfort and lifestyle enhancements to everyone.
Programme Areas of MFN
Through the Information, Referral and Resource creation, MFN can help on the phone and virtually to link with information on various disabilities topics, including child care referrals, school assistance, requests for parent-to-parent support and bereavement services. If you have questions about your child’s needs, please message MFN in the group. If MFN cannot help, chances are we know someone who can!
Going through dependency proceedings is challenging. If you think you have to do it alone, think again! Parent Mentors can connect you to a parent who has been through the system, has reunified with their children, and is eager to offer their assistance. They are called “Parent Mentors,”
The Role of the Mentor
MFN Parent Mentor Services Program collaborates with Manovikas Charitable Society and its programme and projects to provide one-on-one mentorship and support to parents receiving Family Reunification services.
Many experience isolation and loneliness because of unfamiliar terms and expectations. Meeting a Parent Mentor who has successfully survived the emotional challenges of reunifying with their children can be a source of hope and inspiration for a parent entering the reunification process.
With the guidance and support of a Parent Mentor, parents will understand how the system operates and the best way to utilise what it has to offer.
Learning that your child has a disability is one of the most challenging things for a parent to hear. The anger, confusion, depression and devastation accompanying this news are all common reactions. It can be difficult for a parent to cope with this news when they don’t know where to seek help. MFN provides emotional support, information, and resources to parents of a child born “at risk” for a developmental or cognitive delay or severe medical condition.
Every month, the Parent-to-Parent Programs hosts support groups.
Families experiencing a change of dynamic and lifestyle for their young adult child with special needs are often overwhelmed, frustrated and emotionally drained. Transitioning from childhood to adulthood is daunting. So much must be considered. MFN parent mentors are ready to assist you in sorting out the details.
Topics intended for family well-being will vary each month.
Challenges to family well-being can be tricky when they occur together and build up over time. When parents are overwhelmed, their hope and motivation may waver. However, MFN can re-energize families through their passion for their children. MFN can then help families develop strategies to protect or restore family well-being. Programs can also combine respectful, goal-oriented family partnerships with solid connections to community resource providers to support overall family well-being.
Manovikas School for Inclusion (MSI) team and Person-Centered Planning (PCP) Team collaborate to provide a free behaviour management program for families with children and adults. It focuses on educating families about proper behaviour management strategies, improving their parent-child relationship, and recognising the importance of children’s mental health.
Family well-being is characterised, in part, by the overall safety and stability of family members. This can include housing stability, neighbourhood security, and personal welfare, such as adult and child safety in the home and neighbourhood.
Affordable, stable housing in a safe, supportive area is integral to family well-being.
Neighborhood security contributes to family safety. Physically safe areas have resources supporting family activities, promoting health, and supporting community connections, such as parks, sidewalks or walking paths, libraries, and community centres. Neighbourhood safety can foster meaningful social opportunities for young children to
Learn social customs,
Develop confidence in their communities, and
Build interpersonal relationships.
MFN partnerships with providers in local child abuse and domestic violence agencies can be essential to support families and children in physical or emotional danger. Teams can also help families recognise home safety hazards based on their children’s age or developmental level.
Food Security: MFN serves as a protective factor by providing nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. MFN team can also help families access community resources such as food from other sources.
Child abuse and domestic violence: Child abuse and domestic violence have been the focus of far more research than can be covered in this MFN resource.
Here are a few essential findings:
Exposure to violence and abuse can be considered a form of “toxic stress.” This can interfere with early brain development and lead to adverse short- and long-term consequences for children
Violence between adult partners is associated with losing parent-child closeness and increased child neglect.
Unintentional injuries: For young children, accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among children ages one to five. Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children birth to five.
Cultural safety: also refers to an approach to service delivery that respectfully engages families to select the most appropriate path to well-being.
As part of their comprehensive services to children and families, MFN can support families to find a medical home to access prenatal services and establish ongoing physical and mental health care for the whole family.
By building relationships with healthcare providers in the community, MFN programs can connect with providers who understand a family’s cultural values and explain family and disability issues.
Understanding the resources that can:
- Facilitate families’ access to health care services,
- Increase connections between community organisations and pediatric health services, and
- Promote regular Mental Health Care, Oral Health Care, General Medical Care and child care.
Parental Health: Parental health status includes physical, oral, and mental health. All can impact children when any family member experiences poor health and limited medical access.
- Parents with high-stress levels and depression can have a more limited capacity to participate in positive parenting
- Practices, such as affectionate, responsive parent-child interactions. This can have long-term effects on children’s health and response to stressors.
MFN provides family members with opportunities for social interactions and peer support. Manovikas’s research also indicates that families do better long-term when they see their children doing well.
“Complex Care Management” is a set of activities designed to assist patients and their caregivers more effectively in managing medical conditions and co-occurring psychosocial factors. Most medical networks and governmentally provided programs provide a case management option for clients but do not guide the families or individuals outside the individual system’s constraints. Youth with significant medical conditions and behavioural and/or mental health diagnoses have multiple layers of involvement with community resources, health provider agencies/networks, governmentally funded agencies and departments and health care providers. Little direction is given to families/youth outside of each agency independently.
Parent’s mental health can affect children’s outcomes, including their mental health. Mothers’ depression in pregnancy is associated with poor maternal nutrition and weight gain, as well as premature births, low birth weight, and attachment issues. Depression can also directly impact parenting practices and families’ abilities to nurture positive relationships with children that are needed to promote early learning and development.
Financial security includes families’ ability to earn an income to care for basic living expenses, manage their money, pay debts, save money, and build assets.
Income and Education: Poverty can affect child outcomes. During early childhood, poverty is more damaging than it is later in a child’s life and is related to lower Long-term academic achievement, adult employment, and earning power. Parents’ educational levels are closely associated with income and opportunity.
Adult Education and Training: MFN programs support family self-sufficiency by caring for children while parents participate in job skills training or attend school. In addition, programs can offer information to families about training and education opportunities in the community. By partnering with community organisations, educational institutions, and local workforce centres, MFN programs can help families identify opportunities that support their long-term earning potential. MFN team will also work for the parents’ education and upgradation of skills.
Asset-Building Strategies: Family asset-building focuses on educating families about financial opportunities that may help them increase and sustain economic security.
Asset-building can help families to receive public benefits, access safe, affordable financial products and services, utilise tax credits and free tax preparation, understand personal finance and budgeting, relieve debt and build or repair credit, save for an emergency or future goal, and invest in education, home ownership, or a business.
What Can MFN Programs Do?
Well-being is a vast and complex family outcome.
As a result, programs must carefully plan and implement their approach to address the many different strengths and needs of the families they serve.
The first step is learning about families’ strengths and challenges in the MFN program. Programs can begin by reviewing self-assessments, program information report (PIR) data, and community assessments.
Develop a program-wide approach to individualising family support so you can partner with each family on their unique strengths and concerns. For example, some programs ask all families about their interests, hopes, challenges, and achievements at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the spring. Others use parent-teacher conferences or more informal interactions as opportunities to build relationships and identify individual family strengths and needs.
Once you understand the overall and individual strengths and challenges of families within your program, you can collect the most appropriate resources and develop targeted training to join families where they are. Community and national organisations with health, safety, and financial security expertise offer many valuable tools and resources. Programs can use these resources to focus on planning and partnering rather than creating new tools.
Many communities have a variety of organisations that are dedicated to housing, neighbourhood safety, health, oral health, mental health, workforce development, education, and personal financial development. MFN grantees and programs can leverage their role in the community to partner with local organizations to provide topical training and develop referral networks for families.
Benefits of Joining MFN team
- Join an inclusive MFN team of adults and help persons with disabilities and their families access.
- Access and leverage Programme Areas of MFN.
- Become part of a dynamic team composed of family members, professionals, special educators and volunteers from different interest areas and develop resources to help your cause voluntarily.
- Use your time and knowledge to improve the lives of persons with disability in meaningful ways.
- Work with professional experts with experience working on similar initiatives nationwide.
- Access to specialised materials, such as surveys and reports related to community dynamics, disability studies, psychosocial work etc.
- Develop the ability to quickly search and find data related to your field of interest.
- Receive expert advice from professionals in community dynamics, disability studies and psychosocial work.
- An organised platform for collecting, curating and aggregating important data nationwide.
Eligibility to be part of the MFN group
- Adults ready to provide aid and support to persons with disabilities and their kin, including- Relatives of disabled people
- Family members, relatives, and the community might include moms/dads (even those with IDD), adoptees, foster parents, educators, professionals, and sibling relations such as uncles/aunts/cousins and grandparents.
- Those passionate to support voluntarily without being paid fees – Volunteers from assorted areas will produce resources aiding the MFN team.
- People studying various fields like community development, skill training regarding IDD, psychosocial studies etc., researchers or internships all may join MFN.
Gaining access to MFN Membership is an easy procedure that involves submitting a straightforward application. Membership of the MFN comes without charges, and upon submission of their membership request, applicants will need to go through various assessment levels for verifications and interviews.
Follow these steps to join MFN:
Step 1: Submit an online membership form from the website https://manovikasfamily.org/gyanshala/mfn-form/
Step 2: The MFN team will add you to their WhatsApp group at https://chat.whatsapp.com/Hbid8QzAPxcJVkrp9z1PZC
Step 3: The MFN team will extend your presence on all social media platforms and share updates with you.
Termination of MFN Membership
The Membership of MFN may conclude if
- You make a formal request
- The tasks addressed to MFN participants have ceased
- Submitting work late or prolonging it, and not protecting the personal data of each member
- Any acts that go against the programme and materials
- Reducing involvement and messing with other members, being absent, arriving late or departing early
- Unwillingness to take responsibility or expect others to do all the work for you
- Venting emotions at others, blaming everyone else, pointing out mistakes without conclusive proof etc.
- Showing guilt for not contributing enough
- Informing, collaborating and sharing details with different factions/individuals without prior consent.
Terms and Conditions
- Individuals who objectively abide by Manovikas Family Network (MFN) protocols and regulations intending to further its aims are considered members.
- To become a part of the MFN, all adult people (Indian or other nationalities) may apply for membership under the following Eligibility Criteria:
- Adults ready to provide aid and support to persons with disabilities and their kin, including- Relatives of disabled people,
- Family members, relatives, and the community might consist of moms/dads (even those with IDD), adoptees, foster parents, educators, professionals, and sibling relations such as uncles/aunts/cousins and grandparents.
- Those passionate to support voluntarily without being paid fees – Volunteers from assorted areas will produce resources aiding the MFN team.
- People studying various fields like community development, skill training regarding IDD, psychosocial studies etc., researchers or internships may join MFN.
However, the MFN Team’s approval is essential, and decisions in this context will be final.
The mere fact that a membership has been granted to me does not mean that I will be entitled to compensation if I fail to comply with the relevant provision under the MFN Policy and thus refuse membership.
Bringing It All Together Families experience well-being when all family members are healthy, safe, and financially secure. However, when families face challenges in one or more of these areas, their ability to support child outcomes and school readiness can be affected. Engaging families as active participants in problem-solving can help family members identify and use their strengths to address their challenges. MFN team partners with families every day to raise resilient young children. They are uniquely positioned to link families to community support, training, and information resources that can increase overall well-being.