The Parent Partner draws on their own relevant experiences to support families in overcoming the challenges they face. The Parent Partner must have personal experience raising a child who has received services. These services can include Special Education, Mental Health Services, Human Services such as CPS or Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice or Probation.
The Parent Partner works as part of a treatment team and primarily provides support to a child’s caregivers or significant supports. The Parent Partner connects the family to community resources, reinforcing caregiver’s participation in supportive activities, and supporting the caregiver’s participation in treatment to promote achievement of family and student goals. The Parent Partner often works closely with the student’s school in order to help link the caregiver to school contacts and resources to increase academic success. The Parent Partner performs a wide range of activities, both individually and as part of the team, to facilitate positive changes in the family system. Services are provided almost exclusively in the community.