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Updated Family Virtual Support Activities

At the beginning of the pandemic, we began a virtual family support group, named “Parents Unmuted” by the members, that quickly became active and well attended. Over the past few months, attendance in the group has dropped off, likely because the types of support that are most helpful to families have changed as the pandemic has changed.

In August, we are discontinuing the support group format and piloting some new family virtual support activities that we hope will be responsive to the current needs of families.  We welcome your feedback about these ideas and encourage any families who are interested to attend them and let us know what you think.

On Thursday, August 5 we will host our first virtual Drop-In Family Support Time from noon to 1. This hour is open for any family member to drop in for all or some of the time to share any concerns or get feedback from others about handling different situations. There is no registration. You can join from this link.

On Thursday, August 19 we will pilot our first virtual Bring Your IEP and Other School Questions hour from noon to 1.  This hour is open for any family member to drop in for all or some of the time to ask questions or get feedback about IEP issues and other school situations.  You can drop in from this link.

We are in the process of planning a virtual Parent Café for the afternoon of August 31st and will be sharing more details in the next two weeks.  As designed by Be Strong Families, Parent Cafes are:

physically and emotionally safe spaces where parents and caregivers talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths, learn about the Protective Factors, and create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to help strengthen their families.

Cafés are structured discussions that use the principles of adult learning and family support. They are highly sustainable with training reinforcement, institutional support, and a commitment to an approach that engages and affirms parents as leaders. Participants leave Parent Cafés feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they’ve learned.”

As always, if you have a question, are looking for resources or just want to talk to another parent who has been in your shoes, you are also welcome to call us at 601-355-0915.  We’ve got your back, we will stand by your side and we are always here for you.

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