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CONNECTED: Parent to parent peer support

When you have a child or youth with chronic healthcare needs or disabilities you often feel scared, anxious, and alone. Although family and friends have good intentions and try to give support, they often don’t “Get It!”

 

Family Voices of MN has a free statewide parent-to-parent peer support program for families who have children with chronic and complex healthcare needs or disabilities.  Our program is called CONNECTED.

 

Through our statewide support network of trained parents throughout the state, we are able to provide parents of children with special needs the information and support needed for themselves and their family.

 

When parents get CONNECTED they receive support such as:

• Connection with another parent who has child with similar needs or circumstances

• Information from another parent who has received special training.

• Emotional support that provides understanding and acceptance so they do not feel alone

• Assistance finding services including healthcare, educational, financial, and community living

• Education, empowerment and encouragement to partner with their child’s providers



Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Support Parent? Please contact Tricia: Tricia@familyvoicesmn.org or 866-334-8444.

Parent to Parent Peer Support is a part of comprehensive care for families whose children have special health care needs and disabilities:  Family Voices of Minnesota study:

Family Voices Parent to Parent Report: Executive Summary of Family Voices of Minnesota's Study Data
Executive Summary 12.1.16.pdf
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National Research Summary
What Does the Research Say.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [165.9 KB]
The Importance of Parent to Parent from the Parent's Perspective
The Importance of Parent to Parent.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [238.3 KB]

To request a parent-to-parent match or refer a parent for a parent-to-parent match, please complete this referral form below or call us:1-866-334-8444, extension 0

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Family Voices of Minnesota's Parent to Parent program is the Minnesota member of the Parent to Parent USA Alliance.  We are committed to using the Parent to Parent USA endorsed practices for providing parent to parent support and information, based on over 30 years of parent to parent research. 

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