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, 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.
These virtual support groups are being hosted by Parent Support Navigator, Jess Randall. Jess is a mom to two kids with complex needs and is in Northwest Minnesota. These closed group meetings are a safe space for parents to support one another, share concerns and resources.
Contact Jess to Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-334-8444, Extension 5
Children & Youth With Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities Online Focus Groups
Help improve systems by sharing your experiences as the parent, caregiver or family member of a child with disabilities, medical conditions or special health care needs. We invite you to participate with us in one of three online focus groups being conducted by Family Voices of MN in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
Families from Greater Minnesota and those who were unable to attend the in-person focus groups are encouraged to attend.
The purpose of these focus groups is to learn more from families about their experiences and needs related to things like accessing health care, child care, and caregiver support. Each focus group discussion will last about an hour and a half and we will be providing a $50.00 Target gift card for each family that participates.
Available Dates & Times: Wednesday, July 17: 8:00pm to 9:30pm / Saturday, July 20: 9:30am to 11:00am / Thursday, July 25: 11:00am to 12:30pm
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.
Want to learn more before you sign up? View the Introduction to Journaling for Self-Care Webinar on-demand.
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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