A bill to appropriate funds for statewide parent-to-parent programs was heard this week in the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee. The funds appropriated would go to grants to support parent-to-parent programs for families of children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and health-related educational or behavioral problems. Funding would go to the nonprofit Family Voices of MN. They run the CONNECTED Program, a program that matches families with experienced volunteer support parents who have received training to assist them at no cost to the families.
Parents who participate in the program are connected with another parent with specialized training who has a child with similar needs or circumstances. These parent volunteers provide information and support to families as they advocate for their children and navigate a complex network of services.
The bill was laid over until the state’s budget forecast is released later this month. (SF 215)