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Parent Mentors

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Family Connections parent mentor. Volunteer parent mentors are vital to the program’s success and we greatly appreciate the commitment, time and thought that each mentor puts into helping other parents who face some of the same challenges they went through with their young children.

Family Connections parent mentors share information and resources, and provide emotional support and guidance with parents of children (ages birth to three) who have a developmental delay or disability and who are receiving services through CT Birth to Three System.

Parents of young children with special needs often need a unique kind of support, different than the support that family, friends, and professionals may offer. Connecting with an parent mentor who has “been there” and has first-hand knowledge of the kinds of feelings parents of young children with disabilities face, can be very helpful. This type of one-on-one support often helps parents feel less isolated, more accepting of their situation and encouraged to take charge of their needs and the needs of their child. By sharing their experiences, parent mentors may gain self-understanding and satisfaction knowing that they have helped another parent through a difficult situation. This unique partnership is a win-win situation that benefits both mentee parents and parent mentors.

Please review the Parent Mentor Job Description and Role of the Parent Mentor for more information.

Application Process:
If you are interested in becoming a parent mentor, please fill out the Family Connections Parent Mentor Application and return it to Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center:

Email: familyconnections@cpacinc.org
Mail: CT Parent Advocacy Center, 338 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Fax: (860) 739-7460

Applicants who are accepted into Family Connections will be required to complete an online training program and interview prior to being matched with a mentee parent.

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