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Family Peer Support and Advocacy

Family Peer Support Services are an array of formal and informal services and supports for parent/family member(s). The goal is to enhance their skills so they can promote positive youth functioning and their child’s ability to live successfully in their community. Family Peer Support Services are provided by trained and credentialed Family Peer Advocate (FPA) uniquely qualified to work with families.

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#TEXT4 Caregivers

With funding from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Parent to Parent of NYS is pleased to introduce our latest initiative, Text4Caregivers. Text4Caregivers is a free text service that distributes timely and relevant self-care and stress-management support via text messaging. As a caregiver, you take care of others; this service exists to remind you to take care of you.

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ACR Health Hotline

Provides various support groups for Leisbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning youth ages 13-25 and Transyouth ages 5-25 as well as Family Support will a Credentialed Family Peer Advocate for Families of Transyouth.

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Addiction Recovery Resources

This website provides links to support groups and resources for individuals in recovery, as well as information for their family and friends. Participation in these recovery programs is free.

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Become a Family Peer Advocate (FPA)

Family Peer Advocates are valuable professionals within the child serving system. They are uniquely qualified to work with families based on their first-hand experience as the parent/caregiver of a young person with a social, emotional, behavioral, health, or developmental disability. This experience, combined with additional Parent Empowerment (PEP) training, allows them to provide peer support to parents of children with similar challenges.

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Become a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA)

Are you a young person who is between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with first-hand experience with mental health, special education, or foster care services? Are you curious about ways you could help a younger person who is facing some of the same challenges you faced?

If so, consider becoming a Youth Peer Advocate (YPA). Learn more about how you can use your own experience with recovery to make a positive impact in another young person’s life.

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Caregiving: A Personal Story

Janice Fitzgerald tells her personal story of caregiving for her son, emphasizing the importance of caregiving, the importance of taking care of yourself, as well as the common emotions and struggles faced by families providing care for loved ones with disabilities.

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COMBAT HEROIN and Prescription Drug Abuse

Information and resources on opioid addictions prevention and treatment and how to get involved in solutions. This website also includes videos of real stories. Addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time.

 

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Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers (EC FACE Centers)

There are 14 Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers (EC FACE Centers) in New York State. EC FACE Centers are part of the regional teams that use an intensive team approach. The Regional Teams, which include Regional Partnership Centers (RPC), Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and School-age FACE Centers, provide technical assistance and professional development. Families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners are encouraged to contact the RPC and Early Childhood and School-age FACE Centers in their region of the State for assistance and training.

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Individual and Family Support Unit - Justice Center

The Individual and Family Support Unit (IFSU) of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is a resource for victims of abuse or neglect, their families, personal representatives and guardians. IFSU advocates provide assistance in a variety of areas, including:

  • guidance and information about the reporting and investigative process
  • support during criminal cases and proceedings
  • victim interview accompaniment
  • case status updates   

All services are offered free.

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NY Connects

NY Connects provides information and assistance related to long-term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability. NY Connects uses a searchable directory for programs, providers, and services in your area.

NY Connects staff can help link you to long-term services and supports, such as home care, transportation and meals. The goal is to help individuals live as independently as possible while meeting their medical, social and functional needs that arise from aging or disability. This program helps individuals, families, caregivers, and professionals.

Contact your local office to:

  • Get information by phone, online, or in person.
  • Connect to long-term services and supports regardless of diagnosis, age or how you will pay for services.
  • Receive guidance and coordination as you go through assessment and eligibility processes.
  • Help with completing applications and enrollment in public assistance benefits, such as Medicaid.
  • Or for any additional information.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council