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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ALTRUISTIC APPROACH

 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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CROSS-DISABILITY

 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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TYPE OF SUPPORT

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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LIFE-SPAN

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 seeking information, ideas or encouragement from someone who has experienced the same or similar situations as you, Family Connections is the place to start!  To be matched to a Support Parent, please complete and submit this form and a NH Family Ties Coordinator will contact you within 24-48 hours to assist you with finding the best possible match.

Support Parents serve as mentors to families caring for a loved one recently diagnosed with a disability or significant illness or looking to expand their community as they navigate the world of caring for family member with a disability. After participating in easily accessible certified trainings, people interested in sharing their knowledge and experience will be matched with a family seeking support.

If you would like to become a Certified Support Parent, please fill out and submit this form. Within 24-48 hours, you will be contacted by a NH Family Ties Coordinator. A link for an on-line Skill Building Training will then be sent to you. 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.

Match Expectations: 4 Contacts are made within the first 2 months of a match. More details will be shared upon speaking with your NH Family Ties Coordinator.

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Primary Contact - Family Connections Program