Family stories

Letters and messages from families involved with P2P programs.

I can’t imagine where I’d be without the Arc.

Anonymous parent (King County P2P)

A Sense Of Fulfillment - A New And Different Sense Of Purpose

“I am the one who gets to go home feeling happy to be part of the ripple effect of so much good.”~~Bobbi Bjork (Clark County P2P)


Parent to Parent has given me a platform to reach parents and the tools I needed to be a credible resource. ~~Shelly G (Spokane P2P)

Since my involvement in P2P

I have had an opportunity to build capacity person/family centered supports in my community.

You can turn a negative into a positive; it’s just a matter of perspective…

“Once I could see how sharing my story could positively impact a family, I was then able to start my own healing. Working for The Arc of Cowlitz County as the Parent to Parent Coordinator and Individual and Family Advocate has been highly therapeutic for me.” (by Lacey Cairns shared by permission)

“From an adult sibling who is guardian for her brother now.”

--Connected her to the Adult Sibling Network getting started.

Colton’s Crew

"We now have a little “ginger” one-year-old boy who loves squash, his dog Arnold, and his big Sister Ali with all his heart and has Down Syndrome.” We are not alone anymore-connected to Parent to Parent/Children’s Village and many other parents.

We’ve made deep connections with other parents

We’ve made deep connections with other parents also on a similar journey. But, most importantly, we’ve been able to give back to others and, hopefully, make a difference to someone else. By Heather Milliren - Skagit County Parent to Parent Coordinator October 28, 2016

My Family Voice is Heard Because of Parent to Parent Platform

Tiffany Wheeler Thompson – Island County Parent to Parent January 26, 2017

“How has Parent to Parent helped me to develop as a parent leader?”

by Alaina Kube, Parent to Parent Coordinator - The Arc of Snohomish County ..."Parent to Parent was a natural fit for me as I was able to build on my personal experiences and obtain the training and tools needed to support other families who have children with special needs. I now have an increased understanding of disability services and am able to better navigate systems and advocate for my family and the families we support at The Arc of Snohomish County. But most importantly, I am able to help families connect with each other and realize that they are not alone!"

Testimony: Kim Smith, South Sound Parent to Parent

Testimony from Kim Smith, South Sound Parent to Parent given during the 2016 Legislative Session.

Testimony: Michelle Williams, Kittitas County

This is the testimony that Michelle Williams gave to her Legislators in January 2016 when she commented on the P2P bill.

Molly Loves

By Cyndy Knight

Autism Tales: Reflecting on Holland

A proud mom from Grant/Adams Counties shares about her son.

A “Sense of Community”

The Arc of SW Washington and P2P gives a "sense of community."

“Our family has benefited enormously from our involvement with Parent to Parent.”

A parent in Yakima shares how Parent to Parent has benefited her family.

5 Ways The Providers at Children’s Village Have Enriched Our Journey

A parent shares specific ways that the providers at Children's Village have supported her son and her family.

A Parent in Lewis County Shares

A parent from Lewis County shares her experience with Parent to Parent WA.

Special Kids: Surviving and Thriving While Raising a Child With Special Needs

An article in Parent Map magazine written by Patricia Guthrie on September 26, 2013.

Parenting Children With Special Needs

A story written by Stacey Schultz, nationally published freelance writer in Seattle. Stacy writes about parenting, health, education and the environment. Her website is

Article: “Whitman Student Starts First ‘Best Buddies’ Chapter in Washington State”

Read how P2P Coordinator Carla Nibler (Walla Walla) helped Whitman student Michaela Lambert with her "Best Buddies" project.