Parent to Parent of Virginia

Best Practice

Parent to Parent of Virginia is an Alliance Member of Parent to Parent USA, endorsing the following best practice for Parent to Parent support:

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Glossary of Terms

The act of formally connecting one parent to another parent for the purpose of receiving emotional, informational and systems navigational support. Formal matching involves connecting a parent to a Parent Partner/Family Navigator who has received training and ongoing support from a Parent to Parent program.

Parent to Parent Program
 Programs that formally match a parent whose child has disabilities to an experienced, veteran Parent Partner/Family Navigator, and who has been endorsed by Parent to Parent USA as following evidenced-based practices.

Parent Partner/Family Navigator
Parents, grandparents, siblings with a family member who has disabilities and who have participated in specific skill-building or training session(s) in preparation for their role as a Parent Partner/family Navigator.

Referred Parent
Parents with children or youth who have disabilities who request to talk to another parent with similar experiences for the purpose of emotional and information support.

Evidence-based & Best Practices

Criteria for the match between a Parent Partner/Family Navigator and Referred Parent are driven by the concerns, needs and priorities of the referred parent. Matches are made within 48 hours of request and the Parent to Parent program staff and Parent Partner/Navigator makes approximately 4 contact within the first 8 weeks of receiving the call from the Referred Parent.

 Parent Matching Program
Directed/coordinated by family members of children and adults who have disabilities. The program has the capacity and/or ability to match families with diverse experiences including but not limited to ethnicity, culture, race, language, socio-economic, disability and other child/family related factors.

 Parent Partner/Family Navigator
Parent, grandparent or sibling of child or young adult with disabilities; completed skill-building parent to parent training; participates in data collection and program evaluation.

Components of Parent Partner/Family Navigator Training

  • Self reflection to determine ability to support another
  • Active listening and supportive communication skills
  • Grief and adjustment cycle
  • Role of a Parent Partner/Family Navigator in providing unbiased information
  • Understanding of community resources and service systems
  • Understanding of parent matching program/protocol, including importance of confidentiality
  • Role playing newly acquired skills
  • Collaboration and negotiation skill building
  • Importance of developing person-centered descriptions




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