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Parents Interested in Receiving Support

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.

Parents who are in need of support are matched with parent mentors. Parent mentors offer an empathetic ear and provide mentees the opportunity to share their concerns and feelings. Parent mentors share information and resources, and provide emotional support and guidance in order to assist mentee parents in meeting their own family’s unique needs and challenges.

Application Process
Please fill out the Family Connections Match Request Form online or mail a completed application form to:

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

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