Parent- to-Parent Matching Program
Parents are matched, based on their request, with a trained Support Parent who has a child with a similar disability, chronic illness, and health care concern or to help with parenting issues.
Parents and other caregivers are offered the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent or caregiver of an individual with the same of similar disability or special health care need - someone who has "been there".
Learning that your child has a disability can be one of the most difficult things for a parent to hear and accept. Hearing such news can lead to a feeling of lost, anger, confusion, depression, devastation, and loneliness, all of which are common emotions. It can be difficult for a parent to cope with this news when they don't know where to turn for help.
"There is nothing worse for the parent of a special needs child than to feel like you are alone dealing with an issue. Whether you're standing in the emergency room and the doctor is asking you difficult questions about your child; or you are hit by a brick wall trying to find the best resources in your community to help your child, these are the moments when you can feel alone and think no one can relate to you."
Trying to cope with your own feeling and emotions while dealing with hospital visits; doctor's appointment, therapy sessions, or IEP's, no parent should feel alone. They should know that … there is someone there that will hold their hand...
We are here to help!!!
Talking to another parent who has "been there" can help answer the many questions or concerns you may have, as well as, helping you feel more confident about parenting your special needs child. Through the parent to parent matching program, we will help you connect with other parents who have a child with a similar intellectual of developmental disability or health care concerns as yours.