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Parent Support

 

Parent to Parent Support Network for Families of Children with Special Needs
 
The SRVUSD Parent Support Network is a revised and enhanced network of trained resource parent volunteers who are available to provide support and information to parents of students with special education needs. Parent Support Network parents are committed to supporting parents and staff as collaborative participants in the process of their child's education programs.
Parent Support Network volunteers provide parent to parent emotional support and information to parents/families of children with special needs. We are not counselors or therapists. We are parents who have experienced the feelings and emotions that come with learning that our children have a disability. We offer moral support and encourage parents to feel comfortable and optimistic about the future.
The SRVUSD Parent Support Network does not promote or recommend any treatment, therapy or professional services. All information is kept confidential.
What is Our Mission?
We seek to provide and foster moral and emotional support to parents/families of students with special needs and to provide assistance with connecting parents to parents with similar experiences, to community groups and community resources and to promote positive relationships between parents and our school community.
 
What is Our Philosophy?
We believe that parents who are informed, connected and supported by other parents who have “been there”, are better able to meet the challenges that arise. We believe that one for the most meaningful sources of support and information comes from other parents who have experienced parenting a child with a special need.
 
What Does the Parent Support Network Provide?
  • A safe, non-judgmental and confidential outlet for sharing with parents who have gone through similar experiences
  • Connection with a volunteer support parent who has been in a situation very similar to the one the parent now faces
  • Emotional support and understanding for parents when they learn their child has a special need or when difficult situations arise
  • Information on support groups/community resources
  • Ways to help parents communicate effectively with school staff
  • Educational information on various disabilities
To Whom Does the Parent Support Network Provide Assistance?
  • Families seeking the opportunity to share experiences with other parents
  • Families whose children are making transitions from one program to another
  • Families who have recently relocated
  • Families who have children with newly diagnosed disabilities
Who Makes Referrals to the Parent Support Network?
  • Parents
  • School Staff
  • Friends
  • Service Providers
  • Special Programs Staff