Parent-to-Parent is a program where experienced support parents through a one-to-one match provide emotional and informational support to parents of children with special health care needs, disabilities, and mental health needs.
The Beach Center has had a partnership for two decades with Parent to
Parent USA which is a national non-profit organization committed to assuring
access and quality in Parent to Parent support across the country. Our work includes:
- Evaluating the impact of Parent to Parent
- Providing Information and how-to's about Parent to Parent
- Sharing stories and tips from people who have been part of Parent to Parent
You can link here to the Parent to Parent USA website. We particularly call your attention on their website to the Parent to Parent Handbook whose senior author, Betsy Santelli, was a staff member at the Beach Center. This book was initially published by Brookes Publishing Company, but now it is out of date. The good news is that you can download free chapters on the Parent to Parent USA website (see bottom left corner of home page).
You can link here for a map of Parent to Parent programs across the country.
Read a tribute to Betsy Santelli, who was one of the first staff members at the Beach Center. Betsy's leadership enabled the Parent to Parent network to flourish.
Reports the results of a quantitative comparison of a group of families receiving parent to parent support and a group who did not; highlights positive findings related to cognitive adaptation and coping.
Examines preferences of parents who receive Parent to Parent services for emotional support, informational support, and other program support such as group meetings.
Examines the types of emotional and informational supports provided by Parent to Parent programs.
Reports on the descriptive results of a national study of statewide Parent to Parent programs in terms of size, budget, supports provided, and resources available.
Describes the variety of ways that statewide programs are organized and highlights key program components, supports, and resources.