What is a Parent Partner?
Parent Partners work diligently to develop and provide effective services while respecting the unique culture and history of each family, promote partnerships between families, mental health service providers, health care providers and other agency/school personnel as well as provide advocacy, support and help with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plan).
Parent Partner Objectives
- Educate parents and caregivers and help them effectively navigate child-serving systems requirements, and help them to understand the process and terminology associated with their case.
- Partner with mental health service providers, child welfare, and juvenile justice and substance abuse systems to keep children safe, and support families by working toward the goal of family-driven, child-centered care.
- Advocate for resources and provide valuable insights to those working within systems and provide constructive feedback on what is and is not working.
- Provide outreach and education to schools and faith-based organizations to help parents collaborate with educators, school administration, and faith-based leaders.
- Partner with communities to educate, provide support, and fight the stigma and institutional discrimination that families face.
- Provide support and comfort to families as they begin the process of caring for a child or youth with a mental health challenge.
- Accompany parents and caregivers to IEP meetings, court hearings and other appointments as needed to provide support and advocacy for families.
- Meet with families at least once a week to celebrate successes, be a listening ear, and provide other practical support components.
- Promote healthy relationships with parents, caregivers, and family members when that is in the best interests of the children.
- Within systems, work to create an environment of respect for every individual involved.