“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.

"Our family has benefited enormously from our involvement with Parent to Parent.  I have received direct and ongoing emotional support from the initial contact which consisted of my being matched with a trained “helping parent” right at the time of my son’s diagnosis. It has saved my life, and my family’s well being, just to be able to talk to another mom who was having the same experiences and to share my son’s challenges and his accomplishments.  That was six years ago, and we still have regular contact.  I no longer feel helpless, or depressed, or alone.  The confidence I have gained has enabled me to advocate for my son for needed services from his school and other agencies.  I am a better mother to all my children. I also have been able to contribute to the program by becoming a “helping parent” myself.  It feels great to use my own challenges and experiences to help another parent overcome theirs.”

~Susan in Yakima County

“PS:
This could have been written by me- “this Susan”- when our daughter Alexa was 6 years old, as well. Parent to Parent has always been and still is a comforting support and great help in our lives. It has helped make Alexa the “woman” she is today and helped this Mom, “this Susan” so much.”
- Susan Atkins, WA State Parent to Parent Programs