Letters and messages from families involved with P2P programs.
Melissa Abraham - Whatcom Parent to Parent
our P2P Coordinator received this email...
by Beth Palmer (Apr/May/Jun 2018 Issue 74 Yakima P2P)
Program in Kent to provide peer support to parents.
A Chinese-immigrant single mother of a child with autism was referred to The Arc through HopeLink. ~~Anonymous parent (King County P2P)
"I'm very grateful for the opportunity to participate in Parent to Parent."
Provided by The Arc of King County
Anonymous King County parent
We couldn’t agree on parenting our 3 year old son, who has Autism and sensory processing disorder. This diagnosis came with so many new things, we didn’t know where to start or who to turn to for advice. Then one day I got an email saying that a new Holland session was starting in the Spring.
Anonymous parent (King County P2P)
See the article- Huffington Post, 12/09/2017
“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)
I have had an opportunity to build capacity person/family centered supports in my community.
“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)
--Connected her to the Adult Sibling Network getting started.
"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 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
Tiffany Wheeler Thompson – Island County Parent to Parent January 26, 2017
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!"
Tracie Hoppis, Yakima P2P
Testimony from Kim Smith, South Sound Parent to Parent given during the 2016 Legislative Session.
This is the testimony that Michelle Williams gave to her Legislators in January 2016 when she commented on the P2P bill.
By Cyndy Knight
A proud mom from Grant/Adams Counties shares about her son.
The Arc of SW Washington and P2P gives a "sense of community."
A parent in Yakima shares how Parent to Parent has benefited her family.
A parent shares specific ways that the providers at Children's Village have supported her son and her family.
An aunt from Spokane, WA shares her experience with P2P.
A parent from Lewis County shares her experience with Parent to Parent WA.
An article in Parent Map magazine written by Patricia Guthrie on September 26, 2013.
A story written by Stacey Schultz, nationally published freelance writer in Seattle. Stacy writes about parenting, health, education and the environment. Her website is staceyshultz.com.
Read how P2P Coordinator Carla Nibler (Walla Walla) helped Whitman student Michaela Lambert with her "Best Buddies" project.