“To Dream the Impossible Dream”
FSCN's mission is to help individuals with special needs and their families to find love, hope, respect, and support through integrated community involvement
Friends of Children with Special Needs, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, was formed in 1996 by ten Chinese-American families to support each other, share ideas, offer a hand for the newly diagnosed, and to educate the community about people with special needs. The ten families’ mission, which becomes FCSN’s mission today, is to build a community of love, hope, and respect for the special need population and this mission continues to dictate FCSN’s every move. Since 1996, FCSN has rapidly increased its membership to over 800 multi-ethnic families. FCSN now provides 44 comprehensive programs for thousands of special need individuals of all ages and their families.
The Dream Center Project
The Dream Center - FCSN Headquarter
FCSN had raised multi-million dollars to build its Dream Center in Fremont, CA by 2006 . The groundbreaking ceremony of The Dream Center was held on October 22, 2003. This joyful event was celebrated by FCSN board members, donors and many of FCSN’s supporters, including: Honorable Wilma Chan, State Assemblywoman; Honorable Liz Figueroa, State Senator; Honorable Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Supervisor; Gus Morrison , City of Fremont Mayor; Jim Burton, Executive Director of East Bay Regional Center; Santi Rogers, Executive Director of San Andreas Regional Center; Fremont City Council Members and many other guests. Many of our family members with their children also attended this event.
The Dream Center’s grand opening was held on October 8, 2006. It’s a major milestone in FCSN history. The FCSN Center building encompasses approximately 6000 sq. ft in total building area, on an approximately ¾-acre lot. It includes six classrooms for full inclusion classes and meetings, a state of the art kitchen, a resourceful library, an office, and a large multipurpose room. Outdoor amenities include a courtyard, an activity area, and a parking area that can accommodate 35 vehicles on site.The Dream Center allow us to expand programs for people with special needs.
South Bay Expansion
In 2011, our long-anticipated South Bay expansion has taken shape. FCSN is now poised to duplicate many of the successful programs from our Fremont Headquarter, as well as develop new, innovative programs to cater to the specific needs of our South Bay families.