Parent Partners, also referred to as Parent Advocates, Family
Advocates, or Family Partners are parents or primary caregivers
working in the public mental health systems who are raising (or
have raised) a child or youth who has emotional or behavioral
challenges and has experience in advocating for their child in
multiple settings or systems.
The purpose of a Parent Partner is to provide active, hands-on
peer support to parents/caregivers of children and youth
receiving mental health services. Effective peer support should
be friendly, helpful, accessible and flexible. Parent Partners
network within local communities and partner directly with mental
health services, child welfare staff, systems, and agencies. In
addition, Parent Partners collaborate with social workers and
providers to meet the needs of families, assist in policy and
program development, change perceptions in communities, and
facilitate family driven, youth guided care.
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
UACF and Working Well Together (WWT) host monthly networking
calls designed to support and empower Parent Partners and Family
Advocates working in the public mental health system. These
monthly calls are a great opportunity to network with fellow
Parent Partner/Family Advocates and to discuss what is happening
around the state.
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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.