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Parent to Parent Family Support Network receives grant

Parent to Parent Family Support Network of the High Country has received an $1,800 grant from the Mountain Air Residents’ Community Fund to support outreach to Yancey and Mitchell county families who have children with special needs.

The funding will be used to purchase books and DVDs that offer valuable information to caregivers of children with special needs. These items will be will be available at the Yancey-Mitchell Office of the Children’s Developmental Services Agency Office at 71 Blue Ridge Lane in Burnsville.

The funding also will enable the program to increase support and communication with families through newsletters and group opportunities.

Parent to Parent Family Support Network of the High Country, a grant-supported community program of the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University, provides information, resources, parent matching, and support for families of children with disabilities, behavioral and emotional challenges, chronic health conditions or grief due to the loss of a child.

The program is based on the philosophy that parents who have a child with special needs have significant expertise that can benefit other families who have children with special needs and the professionals who support those families. The program in Mitchell and Yancey counties is supported by Smart Start funding from the Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for Children.  All services are free and confidential.

For more information resources, newsletters or support groups, contact Teresa Emory, outreach coordinator for the Yancey/Mitchell Program of the Parent to Parent Family Support Network of the High Country.

She can be reached at 682-4772 or 1-866-448-5781 (toll free).  Information also is available at www.parent2parenthighcountry.org.

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