Parent to Parent Support
Parents are matched, based on their request, with a trained Support Parent who has a child with a similar disability, chronic illness, health care concern or to help with parenting issues. Over 1300 parents have entered our statewide support parent network.
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".
"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 middle of your living room as the EMS people are asking question after question as your holding your child during a Grand Mal seizure or you're sitting in the emergency room on New Year's Eve and watching the clock strike twelve as the ER doctor is asking if you have a DNR because your son has stopped breathing during a seizure. Those are the times that you feel alone knowing that outside the doors of that hospital the world continues and at that moment you feel like no one can relate to you. No parent should feel that way. They should know that ….. there is someone there that will hold their hand, or listen to them on the phone." - D.G.
If you live in New York State and would like to be matched with a Support Parent, you can request a match through this website or by contacting your Regional Office.
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