Family to Family
The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs has received a grant from HRSA to create Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) in Commission offices across the state. The Centers will be staffed by support parents who are parents of children with special needs. Support parents provide key support to families of individuals with special needs.
We offer parents and caregivers the opportunity to connect with another parent or caregiver with a similar situation or dealt with a special health care need — someone who has been there.
||What is the F2F HIC?
Family to Family Health Information Centers (F2F HICs) are family-run centers that assist families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. F2F HICs provide support, information, resources and training.
Parents and families with children that have special health care needs often need help navigating the complicated issues surrounding health care. The F2F HIC can help you and your family by providing the information needed so you can make better informed choices.
Our goal is to help keep your child healthy by promoting regular medical care. The F2F HIC provides information education, referrals, and training to promote access to community based, self-directed services that are available to your child with special needs.
Services provided by the F2F HICs include access to a support parent for one to one support; a lending ibrary, and; individual assistance with health care issues.
||How can I contact the F2F HIC in my area?
The F2F HICs are located within Commissino offices. To reach the center in your area, contact the nearest Commission office or contact the program co-directors:
Debbie Gilbert (Louisville)
(502) 595-4459, ext. 279
(800) 232-1160, ext. 279
Sondra Gilbert (Owensboro)
(877) 687-7038, ext. 2123
||How can I become a support parent?
A support parent is a veteran parent or primary caregiver of an individual with special health care needs who is willing to help other families in similar situations to those they have faced.
A support parent is a person who wants to reduce the feelings of isolation for other families of individuals with special health care needs and allow others to benefit from their experiences. A support parent provides a safe listening environment and a wealth of information to other families. Would you like to share your expertise and help other families with children and youth with special health care needs navigate the health care maze?
If you would like more information about the Kentucky Family to Family Health Information Center please contact us.