We will be doing three additional focus groups for Mississippi parents and caregivers (a caregiver is someone who is raising a child who is not the child’s parent – for example, a grandparent or foster parent) of children ages birth to five who have social, emotional or developmental challenges. Parents will be asked in the focus groups to share their thoughts about getting help for their children and to compare what happens to them to what happened to families in groups that we did a few years ago. Each focus group will last 30-45 minutes.
This information will be used to help our partner Mississippi Thrive understand the best ways to set up services to be able to help young children and their families. All participants who complete the focus group will receive a $25 Walmart gift card. Registration is required and you will be asked for your mailing address during registration so that your gift card can be mailed to you after you finish the group.
If you signed up for an earlier group but were unable to attend, you can still sign up for one of the focus groups listed below. We also know that some of you had issues connecting virtually so please note that some of the sessions are now offered by conference call and do not require the internet.
Nothing you share in the group will be shared with your name. After all the focus groups are finished, a report will be written that tells the overall findings of the groups and may have some representative quotes from families (without using their names). You and other families will be able to read the report. Here are the dates for the three focus groups. One will be done using Zoom, and two will be done as a phone conference call. Please sign up for only one focus group. Each focus group will last 30-45 minutes (please sign up for only one group):
- Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 AM (Zoom)
- Monday, October 19 at 12 noon (Phone conference call)
- Tuesday, October 20 at 5:30 PM (Phone conference call)