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Discovering that a family member has a disability or chronic health condition can be an unexpected and life-changing experience. It's common to feel a range of emotions, from uncertainty to worry and even fear, especially if you're unsure how to navigate the path forward. But it's essential to remember that you and your loved one are not alone in this journey.
Parent to Parent is here to provide you with a wealth of support and resources that can help you move forward with confidence and positivity. We understand the unique challenges that come with caring for a loved one with a disability or chronic health condition, and we're dedicated to helping families like yours every step of the way.
Whether you need help accessing services, advice on how to manage your loved one's care, or just someone to talk to, we're here to help. Our team of experts can provide you with peer mentoring, connect you with local resources, and offer practical tips to make your caregiving journey as smooth and stress-free as possible.
At Parent to Parent, we believe that every family deserves access to the resources and support they need to thrive, no matter their situation. We are passionate about empowering families and helping them achieve their goals, whether that's providing their loved ones with the best care possible, accessing educational opportunities, or finding the right support network to lean on.
So if you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to turn, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you navigate this journey with grace and confidence, and we believe that with the right support, you and your loved one can overcome any obstacle and achieve your dreams.
By filling out our intake form, you'll take the first step towards connecting with a dedicated Parent to Parent coordinator. Our self referral form allows parents of a loved one with a disability or special healthcare need to get support when they need it. Your Parent Coordinator will reach out to you personally, providing a valuable connection and tailored assistance based on your family's unique needs. Don't hesitate—fill out the form today and let us support you every step of the way.
Parent to Parent prov
ides a lifetime of support for families raising loved ones with disabilities or special healthcare needs. We offer one-on-one emotional and practical support, family activities, educational workshops, peer support, monthly newsletters, resources and referrals, parent support groups, multicultural support, and help navigating complex disability systems.
Parent to Parent coordinators provide personalized support through personal meetings, emails, and phone calls to help families navigate the unique challenges of raising a child with a disability. Additionally, Parent to Parent offers multicultural support to ensure that families from diverse backgrounds have access to the information and support they need. Overall, the goal is to empower families to advocate for their children and live a full life together.
One on One Parent Support
Parent to Parent coordinators provide one-on-one support to families with children who have a disability or special healthcare need. Through personal meetings, emails, and phone calls, coordinators offer emotional support, practical advice, and information to help families navigate the unique challenges of raising a child with a disability.
Parent to Parent offers a variety of family activities, including the Family Fun Club. This club provides a fun and interactive way for families to spend time together and create lasting memories. It is open to all ages and ability levels.
We offer a yearly workshop series for families called "A Full Life Ahead." This series covers a range of topics that are important for families of children with disabilities, including guardianship, navigating systems, IEP and 504 plans, and more. The goal of the series is to empower families to advocate for their children and live a full life together.
Parent to Parent has a peer support program called "Helping Parents" that connects parents of children with disabilities with trained volunteer parent mentors. These mentors provide emotional support, guidance, and resources to help parents navigate the challenges of raising a child with a disability. The program aims to empower parents to advocate for their children and build resilience.
Parent to Parent sends out a monthly email newsletter to inform families about events, resources, and opportunities related to raising a child with a disability. These newsletters cover a wide range of topics, including education, healthcare, therapy, and community events, and aim to provide support and information for families on their journey.
Resources and Referrals
Parent to Parent provides a wide range of resources and referrals to help families navigate the complex systems and services related to raising a child with a disability. This includes information on educational programs, healthcare providers, therapy options, financial assistance, and community resources. The goal is to empower families to make informed decisions and access the support they need.
Parent Support Groups
Parent to Parent hosts parent support groups, TLC Parent Support and Coffee and Conversations, that provide a safe and supportive space for parents of children with disabilities to share their experiences, challenges, and successes. The groups are facilitated by trained professionals and provides a platform for parents to connect with other families who understand their journey and offer mutual support.
Parent to Parent offers multicultural support to families, with a specific focus on providing resources and support in Spanish. This includes translated materials, Spanish-speaking staff and volunteers, and Spanish-language support groups and workshops. The goal is to ensure that families from diverse backgrounds have access to the information and support they need.
Help Navigating the Systems
Parent to Parent programs can be a valuable resource for parents navigating the disability systems, by providing support and guidance from other parents who have experience navigating the same systems. They can offer firsthand advice and information on how to access and utilize resources and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Parent to Parent coordinators provide support and resources to families who have children with disabilities or special healthcare needs. They offer emotional support to families, help them navigate the complex disability systems, and provide them with information and referrals to community resources. They also help families to connect with other families who have children with similar needs, allowing them to share information, advice, and support. Overall, Parent to Parent coordinators play a vital role in supporting families of children with disabilities, helping them to access the services and support they need.
Hispanic/Latino Coordinator, Multicultural Parent to Parent Coordinator
Meet Estela Aguilar, our multicultural Parent Coordinator for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, who offers Spanish-language support and resources for families with children with disabilities. Her knowledge of various cultural backgrounds allows her to provide tailored support for diverse families. Estela also provides disability application assistance, Community Engagement Services, and information and referrals in both English and Spanish.
Phone: 360-537-7000 ext 002
Information Services Director, Grays Harbor Parent to Parent Coordinator
Christie Chiles is the Information Services Director and Grays Harbor Parent to Parent Coordinator at The Arc. She joined in 2019, bringing experience in special education and firsthand knowledge as a parent of a neurodiverse child. Christie’s primary role is to provide information, referrals, and support to self-advocates, their families, and the community. She also offers guidance to parents of children with disabilities, helping them find resources for their child’s needs. Christie is passionate about helping others and dedicated to serving clients, families, and the community.
Phone: 360-537-7000 ext 001
Community Engagement Manager, Pacific County Parent to Parent Coordinator
Amber Cook is the Community Engagement Manager at The Arc, having joined in 2017. With her background in the Human Service field and being a mother of a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Amber brings a wealth of relevant experience to her role. Her primary responsibility is ensuring that the Community Engagement Program runs smoothly, supporting clients in achieving their personal goals, and preventing social isolation. Amber’s favorite part of the job is seeing the growth of services in the community and witnessing the progress of clients’ support systems over the years. She is passionate about providing the best support to those in need and making a positive impact in their lives.
Phone: 360-537-7000 ext 004
Grays Harbor Parent to Parent Coordinator
360-537-7000 ext. 001
Pacific County Parent to Parent Coordinator
360-537-7000 ext. 004
Multicultural Parent to Parent Coordinator
360-537-7000 ext. 002