Center for Family Involvement

Our Mission

The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors, and leaders so families, and children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.


  • Advocacy
  • Disabilities - Physical / Intellectual
  • Education - Parenting
  • Information and Referrals
  • Mentoring
  • Resource Center


Family Navigators are family members trained to provide peer-to-peer information, referrals, and assistance to other parents and family members of individuals with disabilities in their communities.


The Center for Family Involvement is part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. It’s purpose is to support families and professionals in working together toward a common mission and vision with the ultimate goal of improving life outcomes for people with disabilities and their families.

Other Details

  • Accepts Volunteers: No
  • Ages: All
  • Fees: No

More Information

For more information, please contact:
Center for Family Involvement
Primary Contact: Dawn Peifer, Central Virginia
Secondary Contact: Mauretta Copeland, African American Community
P.O. Box 843020
Richmond, VA 23219

Dawn Peifer Phone: 804-828-2052
Mauretta Copeland Phone: 804-827-0423
Phone: 877-567-1122
Email Dawn Peifer
Center for Family Involvement Website

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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