Family Connections Program

“Connects a family needing support to a family who has been there.”

Family Connections partners families 1:1 with an altruistic approach for cross-disabilities from birth thru life span. Matches are made for a parent seeking information and/or emotional support with a parent who has experienced the same or similar situation. These connections encourage families to make better informed choices and fosters family strengthening.  The success of the Family Connections program is built upon altruism, compassion and a collaborative community commitment to ensure no family is left behind.

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 Family Connections is a voluntary program. Our Support Parents are volunteers who go through a specialized skill building training and truly have a selfless concern for the well-being of others.

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 NH Family Ties matches families who have children with a variety of needs:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Affected by Mental Illness
  • Chronic Illness
  • Experiences an Intellectual or  Developmental Disability
  • Special Health Care Need
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Family Connections matches families seeking information or emotional support. Examples of support may include:

  • Medical
  • Behavioral
  • Advocacy
  • Transition
  • New life stages
  • Local Programs
  • Socializing
  • State/Government Programs
  • Practical day-to-day tips
  • Steps to Independence
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Throughout your child's life-span...  Infant, child, teen, adult or senior, we will work hard to locate a match first locally in NH, however our outreach is national due to our P2P USA Alliance membership

If you are experiencing a time of crisis, new developmental or transitional stage in your loved one’s life or are seeking resources and information, Family Connections is the place to start! To be matched to a Support Parent, please fill in this on-line application  and a NH Family Ties Coordinator will contact you shortly to assist with finding the best possible match.

Support Parents serve as mentors to families who are caring for a loved one who may be recently diagnosed and seeking information or emotional support or may be a family looking to expand in their community as they navigate the world of caring for a family member who is affected by mental illness, has a special health care need or experiences a disability.

What’s involved in becoming a Certified Support Parent?

1. Fill in this simple on-line application to help us identify the best       match results.

 2. Complete the free Certified Support Parent Skills Building Training  which provides a learning opportunity of transferrable skills in the   areas of:

  • Reflection
  • Understanding and Coping of Emotions
  • The Practice of Providing Effective and Supportive Communication
  • How to Encourage Informed Decision Making
  • Diversity
  • Importance of Self Care

The training can be completed in person or on-line which can be accessed from anywhere on any device making participation more convenient and flexible for busy schedules. Once Training is completed, you will officially be welcomed as a Certified Support Parent and be ready to be matched with a parent requesting support.

 3. A three call/communication commitment within 2 months of initial contact

Have more questions?  Please feel free to contact us via email/phone.

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Primary Contact - Family Connections Program

Sarah (Aiken) Koutroubus