Parent to Parent (P2P) Programs
Support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities.
From Parent Map magazine article 'Special Kids: Surviving and Thriving While Raising a Child With Special Needs', September 2013: "Parents can get overwhelmed by the whole diagnosis. They often feel isolated and very stressed." That is where Parent to Parent, Father's Network, and Sibling Support can help.
LEARNING THAT YOUR CHILD HAS A DISABILITY can be a traumatic experience. Parents have many questions and concerns in coping with their child’s needs and their own feelings. Personal support from another parent, who has a child with a similar needs, can be helpful in coping with these challenging experiences and feelings. Helping Parents (volunteer peer mentors) are available to provide support and information
Free Services Include:
•Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues
•Providing personal support which is different than the support professionals can provide
•Follow up by the Local County Coordinator on each P2P referral and match
•Information and education about disabilities and referral to services in the community
•Culturally relevant services through ethnic outreach
•Training for parents who want to become Helping Parent peer mentor volunteers
Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) maintains confidentiality and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, creed, sex, or national origin.
Susan Atkins, State P2P Coordinator was invited to the White House on July 26, 2010 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) is funded by The Arc of Washington State, Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs. County programs also receive funding from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, United Way, local grants and donations.
A place for parents of children with disabilities and special needs to share resources and information.
The following are documents for Washington State P2P Coordinators.