When your child has a chronic health condition or a new complex medical diagnosis, it may feel like you’re all alone. Have you ever just wanted to talk to another family who has been in similar shoes? Talk with someone who also has a child diagnosed with epilepsy or a heart condition? Having the ability to share stories and receive emotional support from another family can be invaluable.
As part of our ongoing commitment to family-centered care, Nationwide Children’s is excited to offer our mentor program, Connecting Families. Our mission is to help create family-to-family partnerships to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance the quality of life for the child and for their family.
Volunteer mentors receive training to provide peer support and help a family “normalize” their child’s diagnosis. Mentors help navigate complex healthcare systems from the point of view of “been there, done that.”
If you are interested in becoming a Connecting Families Mentor, please fill out the application here. Or, if you would like to have a mentor, please fill out the mentee application here. If you have questions or just want more information please email us at: ConnectingFamilies@nationwidechildrens.org.
Every family deserves the opportunity to connect with someone who has walked a similar path. To be reminded – you’re not alone.