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Parent Support Program
What is the Parent Support Program?
The Home for Little Wanderers’ Parent Support Program offers both structured and open-ended groups and workshops for parents who are caring for children with behavioral and mental health needs. Our programming is flexible and new groups are added to respond to the needs of the community. All of our services are FREE. Examples groups include:
Who Do We Serve?
The Home’s Parent Support Program serves any caregivers of children in Suffolk County. It is a free service that is funded by the Department of Mental Health and is open to any parent who is caring for a child with behavioral and mental needs. This program also focuses on supporting underserved communities throughout Suffolk County. Our diverse staff is working to specifically offer programs for families that feel marginalized.
Our primary service area includes:
Parent Support Specialists
Parent Support Specialists lead our groups and are also available for one-on-one support. They are employees who are both professionally trained and have lived experience. They are available to help caregivers navigate the mental and behavioral health support system. From helping caregiver access appropriate services through public schools to advocating for children to receive the appropriate referrals to specialist, Parent Support Specialists are available to caregivers whenever they need additional guidance.
An Education Advocate is available to help caregivers navigate the complex special education system. They offer individual consults with families and hosts workshops and parent support groups that focus on areas such as Individual Education Plans (IEPs), 504s and special education testing.