Residents of Anson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, and Richmond counties may apply to First In Families if they meet the following criteria:
Have a developmental disability defined as a severe, chronic disability of a person that:
- Is attributed to a mental or physical impairment of a combination of mental and physical impairments;
- Is manifested before the person reaches age 22, unless the disability is caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and is manifested after age 22;
- Is likely to continue indefinitely;
- Results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
- Receptive and expressive language
- Capacity for independent living
- Economic self-sufficiency
- Reflects the person’s need for a combination and sequence of special interdisciplinary or generic care, treatment or other services which are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated
- When applied to children from birth to 4 years of age, may be evidenced as a developmental delay.
- Living situation: children or adults living with natural, adoptive or foster family, or independently (people in licensed group care are not eligible).
- Income: annual individual/family after-tax income not exceeding $65,000.
(Examples of developmental disabilities include an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury.)