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About Denton County Federation of Families
Our Mission is to provide leadership in the field of children's mental health in order to address the unique needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders. We support the rights of full citizenship, support and access to service based in our community for our children and families by providing information and support to families as well as advocacy and other services needed by children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families.

Who Are We Anyway?
The Denton County Federation of Families (DCFF) formed as a local chapter of the Texas Federation of Families in 2002 from a small group of local families providing informal supports to each other. We are a family run organization which means that more than 50% of our governance and all of our staff have been family members who have raised or are raising children with mental, emotional or behavioral disorders. As family members who have been there we have provided a unique kind of support to families facing very challenging lives. We have given 1:1 support - an experienced shoulder to lean on, support groups, information and referral; assistance with appropriate accommodations within IDEA in schools; and family voice with local providers and state legislators and policy makers. Most of all we have maintained a focus not on what is broken about children or their families but rather on their strengths. We know from experience that if you only attend to that which is sick, it becomes sicker. We help children and families identify what they do well and support them in building upon those strengths and help them connect to natural support systems and rejoin their communities.

Our association with the Texas Federation of Families has provided deep training and support in both best practices and legislative advocacy. We have testified on legislation affecting local families and children with disabilities and advocated with individual legislators throughout the 78th and 79th Texas legislative sessions and distributed information on legislation and action alerts to local families and area stakeholders. DCFF has been a catalyst in efforts to bring Systems of Care and best practices to our county, having spearheaded the local effort culminating in the Denton County Alliance for Children and Families which continues this work. We participate in numerous state level policy committees and bring that information back to local stakeholders. We are parents of children with differences as well as professionals and members of our community. While the Denton County Federation of Families was initially started with the purpose of supporting families, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders; as family members who have been turned away from services because our children did not carry the correct labels for funding, we do not turn families away.


Accounting Manager
Joel Bessire, Mr. B's Bookkeeping and Tax Service

Joel does so much for us it is hard to adequately express our appreciation for his dedication to our kids and families!

Check out pictures of our OCTOBER FUN DAY 2004!