(From the April 2013 issue of Inside Nationwide Children's)
As part of our ongoing commitment to family-centered care, Nationwide Children’s is excited to offer a new parent mentor program called Connecting Families. We understand that having the ability to share stories and receive emotional support from another parent peer can be invaluable.Connecting Families creates family-to-family partnerships that promote healthy lifestyles and enhance the quality of life for our patients and their families. Volunteer mentors are trained to provide peer-to-peer support to help families “normalize” their child’s diagnosis. This program began in the GI division and has now expanded to connect families in other specialty areas including complex care, the Cerebral Palsy Program, the 22q Center, the Epilepsy Center, The Cleft Lip and Palate Center and The Heart Center. Do you know a family that could benefit from peer support? Email ConnectingFamilies@NationwideChildrens.org for more information.