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Deadline Extended: Family Ties of DC Support Parent Application

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Contact: Ms. Rhonda White   rwhite@dcqualitytrust.org   (202) 459-4002  

Sponsored by: Parent to Parent USA; Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities; DC Developmental Disabilities Council


Family Ties of DC is progressing forward to build its foundation of the “new” parent to parent program for District of Columbia parents and caregivers of children with disabilities, to make connections for emotional and information support with another parent of a children with disabilities with their shared experiences in the parenting journey. This program is specifically designed to match a parent who has children with a disability (Referred Parent) with an experienced parent of a child with a disability (Support Parent) to provide free and confidential support, information, and connection.

To apply for this Support Parent volunteer position, the following criteria must be met:

  • 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
  • Support Parent should make at least 4 contacts with each Referred Parent within the first 8 weeks
  • Demonstrate compassion and respect toward the Referred Parent by acknowledging their value and supporting their informed choices

The benefits of participating as a Support Parent of Family Ties of DC are:

  • Free trainings accompanied by a training manual
  • Earn a Training Certificate of Completion as a Support Parent
  • Developing relationships of mutual support that will benefit your parenting journey
  • 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

Please complete and sign the Support Parent application and return it to Ms. Rhonda White no later than Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Once your application has been received, she will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss areas/topics of experience, details of availability, and commitment to the program.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program and/or completing the application, please feel free to contact her at rwhite@dcqualitytrust.org or (202) 459-4002.

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