Connecting for Kids’ Parent Match program connects caregivers who face similar challenges so that they can share insights, resources -- and most importantly -- support.
What can I expect?
Parent Match is an opportunity for families who are new to Connecting for Kids or new to a diagnosis/concern. They can help you connect with a volunteer family who “gets it."
Parent Match Volunteers are caregivers whose children have similar diagnoses or concerns. These caregivers are a bit further along in their journeys and have offered to share their experiences.
Your match could look like:
How does the match process work?
Families complete a short intake survey and receive an email introducing them to their match within 1 week. The Parent Match Volunteer then sends an additional email or message to say hello or set up a time to talk.
Matches are hand-picked and can be based on a number of criteria, including:
For examples of some of the diagnoses or areas of concern we can match, check out the Connecting for Kids Resource Guides.
If you're new to Connecting for Kids or your child has received a new diagnosis, click the button below to submit a Parent Match intake survey.
Communicating with Your Match Volunteer
Caregivers can connect by email, phone, Facebook Messenger or in person.
Some families may want to chat via email only once or twice, while others may want to meet for coffee or have on-going support.
Families can choose what type of communication they want in the intake survey.
Looking for Something Different?
Parent Match Volunteers are not experts - just another family with a bit more experience. The volunteers can’t tell you what therapists to use or what treatment options are available - though they may be able to share with you what worked for them.
If you are looking for:
Interested in Volunteering?
Families who are interested in being a Parent Match Volunteer can find more information on the Volunteer web page.