A Journey: Family Support at Children’s Village

An integral component of services at Children’s Village is meeting the emotional needs of the entire family. It’s not just research that shows positive outcomes for families raising a child with special health care needs who receive family support, it’s the near daily feedback from moms, dads, siblings and grandparents who tell us what the Parent to Parent program means to their family.

“It’s critical that we connect and engage with families,” Parent to Parent coordinator Tracie Hoppis said. “We want families to know that they are a valued and integral part of a community and to feel the support of folks who just ‘get it.’”

And with fall comes the kick-off of many Parent to Parent programs serving children and families. The Holland support and learning group returns with three options for families. The eight-week course, open to any family who is raising a child with special needs, is offered in English, Spanish and for the first time is also being offered in the evening.

Sibshops, a sibling support group, hosts a monthly event for siblings of children with special needs ages 6 to 12-years-old. One 2 one starts gymnastics and soccer this fall and in November the YVCC basketball team is hosting a one-day basketball clinic for children with special needs and their siblings.

In addition, Parent to Parent offers various support groups in English and Spanish as well as groups that meet in the Lower Valley. For more information about any of these programs, click on the calendar of events at yakimachildrensvillage.org or call the Parent to Parent office today at (509) 574-3200.

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