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Alternative Family Living (AFL)

Alternative Family Living (AFL) accommodations are as unique as the individuals we serve.

Easterseals UCP recruits caring people to invite those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to join their households. For many reasons, individuals living with IDD may seek out, or need to move into, an alternative living arrangement. Perhaps an adult living with intellectual disabilities is ready to move out of the family home or someone living with a developmental disability seeks independence, but needs a companion by their side to ensure their safety.

Our program participants each have their own identities, life goals and varied levels of needed support. All individuals participating in this program work on daily and independent living skills while being integrated into the household and their communities. Depending on the person, they might attend a day program, or receive other services, in addition to the assistance provided by AFL hosts. We pride ourselves on matching hosts and participants to ensure the right fit.

Our AFL providers are licensed, undergo extensive training, are supervised by staff and offer a safe, stable and caring home.

The intended outcome of the service is to increase or maintain the person’s life skills, provide the supervision needed, maximize self-sufficiency, increase self-determination and provide opportunities to become part of the community – like volunteering, working and participating in social outings with friends. The AFL program teaches skills like cooking healthy meals, taking care of personal space, personal hygiene, and socializing to assist the person in completing activities to their level of independence.

This service is available in all regions that Easterseals UCP serves across North Carolina and Virginia.

AFL is a part of Easterseals UCP's Individual and Community Services (ICS) program.

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