The Parent-to-Parent Program brings together parents facing similar challenges in raising their children with special needs. We believe that sharing experiences provides strength and support to each other.
Parents contact us in search of a listening ear—another parent who has faced some of the same issues and concerns as they now face. This may be in response to a new diagnosis, a new challenge, or just to recharge their batteries.
One of the greatest gifts that parents gain in raising their children is experience. In offering the wisdom that comes from each challenge we face, we lighten the load of those who follow us while validating the value of the lessons we learn.
How does the program offer
Parents contact our staff and say they want to talk to another parent. The Regional Coordinator will share a Match Request form. The process begins when a completed form is received by the Parent-to-Parent Program. Staff will confirm the form is received, then search our database of trained volunteers, to find a Support Parent to offer a listening ear. The Match consists of phone contact between the parent seeking support and the Support Parent.
Often, requests are focused on issues such as a child’s diagnosis or developmental stage; life activities such as recreation, childcare issues, or developing friendships; finding support in your area of the state; or sibling concerns.
Who are Support Parents?
A Support Parent is someone who is trained to listen, share concerns, and offer information and support, with respect for confidentiality and cultural and individual differences.
Can we make a difference in your life, or would you like to make a difference for someone else? Contact a Family TIES Regional Coordinator to learn more.