A program for parents by parents

To read on The Arc King County website:

Parent to Parent Program


Parent to Parent (P2P) is a program for parents by parents who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) or with special health care needs. P2P provides a network of peer support, information and referral, and educational workshops.

Program Highlights

• Match trained and experienced “Helping Parents” (mentor) with parents who have children with similar diagnoses and family circumstances in order to provide peer emotional support.
• Spanish and Somali speaking helping parents and peer support groups are available.
• Provide information and referrals on intellectual and developmental disability resources and services throughout the lifespan.
• Bilingual Information and Referral assistance is available in Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese. Other language options are available upon request, but limited
• Provide one-on-one consultation via email, phone, video conferences, community meetings, drop in meetings and home visits (home visits are limited)
• Offer training for parents who would like to become volunteer “Helping Parents”.
• Host social and recreational events to provide opportunities to connect parents
• Coordinate virtual support groups, as DS King and DS King Babies
• Periodic educational workshops and trainings.

Click here to visit the community calendar to find upcoming P2P events! 

Online Support Groups

Yahoo Groups
Facebook Group
Sign up for The Arc’s E-newsletters (Training and Events)

Contact Information

For English:
Rachel Nemhauser
Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator

Marilyn Cooks
Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator

For Latino and Spanish Speaking Families
Patricia Gonzalez
Outreach and Advocacy Assistant Coordinator
P: 206.829.7027

For Vietnamese Families
Teresa Nguyen
Outreach and Advocacy Assistant Coordinator
P: 206.829.7037

For Somali Families
Barni Musse
Outreach and Advocacy Assistant Coordinator
P: 206.829.7028

For African American Families
Mia Franklin
Outreach and Advocacy Assistant Coordinator
P: 206.829.7036

Program Supervisor
Robin Tatsuda
Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator/Supervisor
P: 206.829.7011


Department Supervisor Contact
Hye Kyong Jeong
Director of Outreach and Advocacy
P: 206.957.7080

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