CONNECTED is a free state-wide parent-to-parent peer support program provided by Family Voices of Minnesota for families whose children have chronic or complex special healthcare needs or disabilities.
GET CONNECTED with resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through
Your contribution makes a difference in the lives of families whose children have special health care needs. Parents using the CONNECTED program reported the following important outcomes:
- Increased confidence caring for their child
- Increased confidence navigating systems and accessing community resources
- Decreased emergency department visits
- 97% of families would recommend Family Voices to another family
Virtual Support Group
Thursday, July 11, 2019 & Thursday, August 8, 2019
7:30 – 9:00 PM
One in Five Minnesota families with children has a child with a disability or chronic health condition. We do not have to feel alone.
This virtual support group is being hosted by Parent Support Navigator, Jess Randall. Jess is a mom to two kids with complex needs and is in Northwest Minnesota. This closed group meeting is a safe space for parents to support one another, share concerns and resources.
Contact Jess to Register: email@example.com or 866-334-8444, Extension 5
Children & Youth With Special Health Care Needs Focus Groups
In partnership with MDH, Wilder Research will be conducting a series of focus groups for parents, caregivers, or family members of children with disabilities, medical conditions, or other special health needs and we would like
to invite you to participate in the focus group discussions. Your input will help set the direction for the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Children and Youth with Special Health Needs Program. Each participating family will receive a $50 Target gift card and food will be provided.
While this round of focus groups will take place in Saint Paul, a second round will be all remote for families in Greater Minnesota and for those who are unable to attend meetings in person. If you are interested in participating in a remote focus group, please contact Blair Harrison: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journaling for Self-Care Introductory Webinar
Tuesday, June 25th / 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Bring pen and paper and learn how writing can help you grow and cope.
You will be introduced to the concept of journaling for personal growth and self-care. Instruction on three effective journaling techniques and discussing the various situations in which they may be used for self-care will be provided. Participants will be given the opportunity to try these techniques in short writing segments during the webinar. Questions and discussion from the audience are welcome.
This webinar will be led by Brenda Hudson, a certified journal facilitator and writing teacher. Brenda has been teaching expressive writing for six years and uses journaling as a way of holding sacred space for her own experience as a special needs mom.
Journaling for Self-Care Virtual Group Session I
Wednesday, July 24 / 8:00 – 9:00 PM
This facilitated private group session is for parents of children with special health care needs. Bring pen and paper and learn how writing can help you grow and cope. In this safe space, sharing will be encouraged but not required.
This session will be led by Brenda Hudson, a certified journal facilitator and writing teacher. Brenda has been teaching expressive writing for six years and uses journaling as a way of holding sacred space for her own experience as a special needs mom.
Interested in using your unique talents and knowledge to support families of children and youth with special health care needs or disabilities? One of our current positions may be right for you.
Questions? Connect with a Family Voices of Minnesota advocate for information, resources and more!
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