“I am not the only one who has traveled on this path. I will follow the footprints before me and reach back a hand to those who come behind.”
Learn more about the Helping Parent Program in the video below:
Helping Parents is a term used for trained volunteers who have been trained to be peer support for other parents with similar circumstances but are further into their journey.
Helping Parents are:
- Good communicators
- Effective listeners
“Be trustworthy and dependable. Trust your inner self, share your inner self. Give congruent messages. Express warmth toward others. Care for your own needs, avoid burnout. Allow others to have their own separateness. Trust in the strength of other people.”
-Characteristics of a Helping Relationship by Carl Rogers
Helping Parent Mentors volunteer to offer support and encouragement to the parents/caregivers they are matched with. They help them through their parenting journey by letting them know that they are not alone. Helping Parent Mentors receive training and support from Parent to Parent Coordinators.
If you are interested in becoming a Helping Parent Mentor in Grays Harbor or Pacific County, you will need to fill out an application and attend a one-day training. You will also need to pass a background check. After you fill out your application, a Parent to Parent Coordinator will be in touch with you to collect more information and answer any questions you may have.
Referrals are made to the Parent to Parent coordinator by:
-Parents and Family Members
Parent to Parent Coordinator determines the best match for the referred parent and contacts the Helping Parent to confirm she/he is available.
Contact information is shared with the Helping Parent who is encouraged to call the referred parent within 24 hours.
Parent to Parent Coordinator follows-up with both Helping Parent and referred parent to ensure the connection is successful.
Things the Parent to Parent Coordinator considers when making a match:
- Child’s diagnosis or concern
- Child’s age
- Family structure
- Child’s educational program
- Family interests
If you could use some encouragement and support from a parent/caregiver of a child or loved one with similar challenges, you can request a Helping Parent Match! After you request your match, a Parent to Parent Coordinator will be in contact with you to collect more information and answer any questions you may have.