Texas Parent to Parent provides support, information, and education for families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness.
"Having a child with special health care needs is a life-altering experience... but with the support of another parent we begin to see through the cracks and find joy in places we never could have imagined. Our journey continues, but this time we feel we will survive because we know another parent who has."
Peer support is very popular these days but parent-to-parent programs have been using peer support since the 1970’s. Sharing experiences with other parents is the key to what Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) does and has been proven to help families. Our services and programs are all family-centered in order to provide support, information, and education to as many families as we can.
The Texas Parent to Parent staff are parents of children with disabilities, chronic illness, or special health care needs. We have also spoken to thousands of families over the years. We are here to help – give us a call at 866-896-6001 or 512-458-8600.
Texas Parent to Parent has been working remotely since March 17 in order to make sure our staff and their families can stay healthy due to the pandemic crisis we find ourselves in. However, we are still working – our phone messages are being forwarded to us and we are still getting our emails. If you don’t know who to contact, just send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to as quickly as we can.
We know everyone is concerned about the coronavirus – we all know our children are more vulnerable but just continue to take the precautions you have already learned - wash your hands, don’t let anyone in your house that is sick or if it’s someone in your family, keep them isolated and use wipes everywhere. You can stay updated with what’s happening in Texas on the Texas Department of State Health Services website!
Please take care of your family and YOU!
Texas Parent to Parent is pleased to announce that we have recently received two grants from the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities – one to start a Parent to Parent (P2P) Transition Center and one to train a Policy Fellow.
The goal of our P2P Transition Center of Central Texas is to assist families to develop high quality lives for their youth and adults with disabilities after they graduate from public school. Here are the key components of the plan:
- Create a transition center to work 1-1 with parents of teens and adults with disabilities from Central Texas, in a 1-2 hour consultation, either in person or via Zoom, during which we will work through a transition inventory and help the family to establish next steps and longer-range goals. During this session, we will direct the family to our referral bank and other opportunities as needed and desired. You can contact Adriana Valadez or Cynda Green to schedule an appointment at 866-896-6001 or 512-458-8600 or at Adriana.Valadez@txp2p.org or Cynda.Green@txp2p.org
- Create a resource bank for families to access during the 1-1 session and afterward. The bank will provide families with relevant and trustworthy information and connections. We will also offer transition peer mentors and information on important transition topics.
- Develop other opportunities for a family to work on their youth’s future: join a Transition Action Group, start a personal network, become a transition mentor, or become a network facilitator.
- Develop a replication guide for family/parent programs around Texas to create similar transition centers.
Central Texas as we have defined it includes the following 18 counties: Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Lee, McLennan, Milam, Travis, Williamson.
We also received a grant to train a Policy Fellow in order to increase the number of policy professionals with the skills, knowledge and experience to help families successfully engage with decision makers. The Fellow must fully understand the basics of what life is like for a family of a child with a disability. They must also be able to communicate the scope of the needs of a family by understanding the details of their lives including services they access such as family support, educational support and the broad community service model. We are currently recruiting and hiring for this position – Learn more!
TxP2P Care Notebook - A Care Notebook is an organizing tool that is particularly useful for parents. Use it to keep track of important information about your child’s health care, education, or transition.
Medical Home Toolkit- A medical home is not a building, house, hospital, or home healthcare service, but rather a family-centered approach to providing comprehensive primary care. The Medical Home Toolkit explains what a medical home is and how to get one.
is funded by Texas Department of State Health Services’ Children
with Special Health Care Needs Program Contract, Federal Maternal
Child Health Bureau Family to Family Health Information Center Grant, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and private
grants and donations.
Please check out these two websites
TxP2P helped with both of these sites, and we feel they can be very helpful to a new parent or a parent new to an issue around their child. We especially recommend looking at the videos: