As parents, we love to talk about our children at every stage of life whether it is their newest accomplishment, a funny story from the weekend, or their plans for the future. When you are a parent of a child with a disability, you know that your child will need special care and attention that you may not be familiar with. This is why Parent to Parent programs were originally developed, to support parents with children who experience a disability and to connect families in need all over the country.
It’s not easy being a parent and there is no secret formula for doing it just right. This is why experienced parents with children who experience a disability become a part of a Parent to Parent program, to help and support other parents and children. Parent to Parent coordinators match you with another parent and their family based on your child, their special needs, your reasons for seeking support, what you hope to receive from the program, and more.
Once these different needs have been evaluated and you have been matched, you can expect to receive information, resources, guidance, and support from an experienced and trained volunteer Support Parent. Parent to Parent coordinators are dedicated to facilitating the right match for you and following up with you to provide additional support, guidance, and to assure that your parent to parent relationship is meeting your needs and expectations.
NH Family Ties, formerly Parent to Parent of NH, helps many parents in New Hampshire find matches with qualified Support Parents each year. It is these connections and relationships that help strengthen family bonds and our community, as well as shape the futures of families with children with disabilities.
Parents in New Hampshire interested in becoming a Support Parent can contact the NH Family Ties statewide office at 1800-499-4153 X 241 or a coordinator in their area to receive more information and get started on a journey that will change lives. NH Family Ties offers online and group training opportunities for aspiring Support Parents throughout the year, as well as ongoing support as needed.