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Parent to Parent of the Southern Tier region

Parent to Parent of the Southern Tier region is a statewide not-for-profit organization that works to build a supportive network of families who care for those with developmental disabilities or special healthcare needs. Parent to Parent’s aims to reduce isolation and empower these families to make informed decisions about the service systems.


Their free services to parents and caregivers include:

  • Support – Parent to Parent offers parents/caregivers the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent/caregiver of an individual with the same or similar disability or special health care need – someone who has “been there.”
  • Information & Referral – Parent to Parent helps families locate the information and services they need.
  • Training – Workshops are available on various topics.


Currently, Parent to Parent operates remotely to provide information and referral, facilitate Parent Matches, and conduct training. Text4Caregivers, a free text messaging program providing stress management and well-being prompts for caregivers, is a recent addition to their services and has been well received by parents. Parent Group meetings are being conducted online as a new modality to meet the demands of this current crisis.


If you are interested in more information about the services offered by Parent to Parent of the Southern Tier region please visit their website or Regional Coordinator Sharon Linne at


Family to Family Health Care Information and Education Center Brouchure

Connecting and supporting families of individuals with special needs Brochure


Here are some upcoming virtual events hosted by Parent to Parent:

Fathers group

Virtual Meeting: Bi-weekly on Thursdays, starting at 7 p.m.

Parent to Parent has established an informal Fathers Group to meet online via Zoom and discuss the role of dads in navigating their childrens’ special needs.

Register in advance for the January 20, 2022 session at:

All conversations are confidential.
For more information, contact Chris Brewster at


Western NY Region: Caregiver Connections
Virtual Parent Groups through ZOOM

Date: January 19, 2022 Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

You MUST Register in advance for this meeting:  

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Questions? Contact: Barb Hoffman -