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    Remember, our Parent-to-Parent Program is at the DPH Central Regional Health Office. Please mail forms to: 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston, MA 01583.

    Gloria is happy to talk with parents interested in becoming a trained volunteer Support Parent. You can reach her at 508-792-7880 Ext. 2335, or gloria@fcsn.org

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.

Seeking Support       
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.


Sharing Support
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

Parent-to-Parent support?
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.

 


 


Parent-to-Parent Coordinator: Gloria Klaesges

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Central Regional Health Office
180 Beaman Street
West Boylston, MA  01583
PH: (508) 792-7880 Ext. 2335
TTY: (508) 835-9796
FX: (508) 792-7706

EM:  gloria@fcsn.org


Request A Match

There are 3 ways to start:

- Print a Match Request form   



   -Call your Regional Coordinator

 

   -Call us: 800-905-TIES(8437)


Become A Support Parent

Support Parents are the core of our program. Our Listening & Learning workshop is your first step to become a Support Parent. Contact your Regional Coordinator to find out about upcoming workshops, or call Gloria to schedule a training for your support group: (508) 792-7880 Ext. 2335.

Family TIES of Massachusetts is funded and supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition.