What is a Parent Partner?

hpartnership-wOne of Family Involvement Center's most important accomplishments resulting from efforts to inform Arizona's system of care for children and youth with behavioral health needs was the integration of Parent-to-Parent Support Roles. Parent Partners (as they are called in Maricopa County) and Family Support Partners (as they are called in Northern Arizona) are parents who are raising or who have raised children with emotional, physical, or behavioral health care needs, trauma, substance use and other challenges. They are familiar with the feelings of isolation parents experience and the difficulties they face. They also know what resources are available to help parents and how to navigate the physical and behavioral health, juvenile justice, child welfare, school and developmental disabiltiies systems. In addition to their personal experience as parents, they have received professional training in preparation to help other parents/primary caregivers.

FIC offers a Parent-to-Parent program designed to help parents meet their child’s needs at home, in school, and in the community. Through this program, parents are matched with parent partners who can help them set and achieve goals that will meet the needs of their family. Please feel free to call our Parent Assistance Center at 602.288.0155 to learn more about this service. Or, you may click the pink GET Parent Support NOW button on this page and complete the form to request that a Parent Partner contact you.

Parents in Northern Arizona are also welcome to contact our project manager directly.

Northern Arizona
Trish Riner
Parent, Program Manager
(928) 379-5077