Parent to Parent

Learning that your child has a disability or chronic health need can be a traumatic experience.

The Parent to Parent Support Programs provide emotional support and information to families of children with special needs and/or disabilities.

Parents have many questions and concerns in coping with their child’s needs and their own feelings. Personal support from another parent, who has a child with a similar needs, can be helpful in coping with these challenging experiences and feelings. You are not alone.  We have been there.  Volunteer Helping Parents are available to provide support and information.
Personal support from another parent, who has a child with similar needs, can be helpful in coping with many challenging experiences and feelings.  Helping Parent volunteers have completed a training program and are available to provide support and information to other parents.  All information is kept confidential.  There is no cost for this service.
Services Offered:
  • Emotional support for parents of children with special needs.
  • Information and referrals to community resources.
  • Trained Helping Parents whose parenting experience match yours as closely as possible.
  • Social and recreational events.
  • Current information on disabilities, medical conditions and community resources.
  • Training for parents who would like to become Volunteer Helping Parents.
  • Public awareness and outreach to the community regarding individuals with special needs and/or disabilities.

Click to link to our Washington State Parent to Parent page

P2P Coordinator Site List – Contact your local Parent to Parent Coordinator, organized by region and County. (P2P Coordinator Site List)

Our Ethnic Outreach offers culturally relevant services. We can direct you to community resources for your entire family, oranized by county. 

¿Hablas Español? Cultural Diversity Links

Free Services Include:

  • Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues
  • Providing personal support 
  • Follow up by the local County Coordinator on each P2P referral and match
  • Information and education about disabilities
  • Referral to services in the community
  • Culturally relevant services through ethnic outreach
  • Training for parents who want to become a Volunteer Helping Parent
  • E-newsletter
Parent to Parent Support Programs of Washington State is a member of the Parent to Parent USA Alliance.
Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) maintains confidentiality and does not discriminate on the basis of color, race, creed, sex, or national origin.
Learn more about E-mail support and information groups for parents, Sponsored by Parent to Parent of King County.
Are you looking for past issues of the Parent to Parent E-Newsletter?
You can find them at the P2P Newsletter Archive Page.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION about Parent to Parent please contact Tracie Hoppis, Washington State P2P Coordinator at:  1.509.907.0873 or by e-mail parent2parentwa@arcwa.org 

Your tax deductible donations are welcome and encouraged.

Washington State Parent to Parent (P2P) is funded by The Arc of Washington State, Washington State Division of Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Health/Children with Special Health Care Needs. County programs also receive funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration, United Way, local grants and donations.