• A parent-to-parent match pairs a trained Parent Mentor with a family seeking support.• A Parent Mentor is someone who has “been there” and knows the ins and outs of raising achild born prematurely or with special needs. Parent Mentors offer practical suggestions for coping with day-to-day activities and concerns.• Parent Mentors provide encouragement, emotional support and information on an informal and personal basis.• Training offered at no cost to parents interested in volunteering to mentor other families.
• Sibshops:For boys and girls grades 3-12 who have a brother or sister with special needs. Monthly meetings during the school year. Sibshops is funded by The Jonathan Foundation and Speedway Children’s Charities.
• NICU Parent-to-Parent:
For families who have infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Jeff GordonChildren’s Hospital at CMC-Northeast, and parents of “graduate” infants previously in theNICU. Weekly support meetings.
• The Mom Connection:
Moms meet monthly at different venues for support and information sharing.
• Project Baby Reach:Supported by funding from Cabarrus Partnership for Children, Family Support Network™ provides developmental information to families of babies born at CMC-NE and one-to-one support for families in the NICU.
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