The Family Partner provides peer support to family members of youth receiving services through the START Program. The Family Partner works individually with family members to engage them in the process, increase their involvement, and assist them in achieving their treatment plan goals. The Family Partner will perform a wide range of activities in order to function as a member of the supporting team as well as provide individual support to the parents.
The Family 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 Family Partner draws on their own relevant experiences to support families in overcoming the challenges they face.