What are Family Peer Specialists and How do they Support Maine Families?
- G.E.A.R. Parent Network
The Family Peer Specialist (FPS) role has been in Maine to support families who have children/youth with special medical, emotional and behavioral health
needs for over 25 years. During the past 10 years this role has quickly evolved to being one of not only providing emotional support and resource sharing
to also reducing feelings of isolation by providing opportunities to learn from and support each other; build family protective factors, resiliency and
strength; and practice vital parenting skills in an environment free from shame, blame and judgment. Join us to learn about the family organizations in
Maine who offer free parent peer support, the three levels of support, FPS role/credentialing and the benefits to the family and service delivery system
when family peer specialists are utilized!