We welcome all families whose children experience mental health and/or substance use challenges across the lifespan, and the workforce, organizations and communities that support them. Examples of TA include workforce development, education and training, family partnership, caregiver support, and more.
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In this presentation, participants learned the definition of family peer support, the foundation of family peer support and how this practice has emerged over the years from a grass roots, volunteer service to a stand-alone, effective service for parents within any child-serving system. During this TA Coalition webinar, participants were exposed to research that has shown the benefits of family peer support as a service delivery component, its cost effectiveness, and the return on investment.
Additionally, participants learned about the benefits of this type of support for parents raising children who are receiving services. Benefits of empowerment, increased self-efficacy, reduction of stress and increased capacity to handle the stressors of raising a child experiencing emotional, behavioral, mental, physical, and medical health care needs as well as the development of family networks, as families meet other families with similar circumstances were explored. The presenters also shared a variety of roles that family peers play in the support of families across the country.