Greetings, DC Parents of Children with Disabilities!
Family Ties of DC is recruiting another cohort of Support Parents to build the capacity of our new parent to parent program. This unique peer support program for DC parents and caregivers will make one-to-one parent matches to provide emotional support and information to other parents who have a child(ren) with disabilities and to share their lived parenting experiences.
The success of Family Ties of DC is dependent on having a large group of committed and trained Support Parents to serve the support needs of Referred Parents to create a match. We want to ensure that the District of Columbia's culturally and diverse communities are fully represented by our Support Parents to ensure the best matches possible.
To apply for this volunteer position, Support Parent, the following criteria must be met:
The benefits of participating as a Support Parent of Family Ties of DC are:
District of Columbia parent of a child with a disability of any age.
Willing to share your experiences and knowledge at your discretion.
Agree to completion of Support Parent training series followed by a 1-year commitment to serve as a Support Parent.
For each match, Support Parent should make at least 4 contacts with each assigned Referred Parent within first 8 weeks.
Demonstrate compassion and respect toward the Referred Parent by acknowledging their value and supporting their informed choices.
Free trainings accompanied with a training manual.
Earn a Training Certificate of Completion as a Support Parent.
Developing relationships of mutual support that will benefit your parenting
Giving back and making a valued difference in the lives of parents and their families.
Being a part of creating the central point of connection to information on support and services as a resident of the District of Columbia.
Once the application has been received, you will be contacted to schedule a meeting to discuss areas/topics of experience, details of availability, and your commitment to the program. If you have any questions or concerns about the program and/or completing the application, please feel free to contact Rhonda White, FTDC Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202)302-6635.