Happy mother and child at a family forum.
Special Olympics strives to involve families in activities and to encourage them to share in the joy that comes from such participation. At the national level, the Family Support Network provides a framework to support local programs involving families in the Special Olympics movement.
The maiden edition of the Family Support Network took place in Lagos on Saturday, 4th November 2006. The interactive forum focused on health issues faced by people with intellectual challenges and how to address them. Special Olympics Nigeria has organized various family interactive forums in different states of the federation and also trained family messengers whose responsibility is to recruit new family members and athletes to the network.