What is a Family Partner? Individuals who can articulate lessons learned from their own lived experience parenting a child (youth or emerging adult) and have specialized training to assist and empower families raising children (youth and emerging adults) who experience emotional, developmental, behavioral, substance use or mental health concerns. They partner with child and family serving systems to improve family outcomes and strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. Additionally, Family Partners assist families and youth to bring their voice to the service delivery, planning and evaluation process of public and private supports and services for children, youth and young adults. Family Partners complete over 90 contact hours of training in five core competencies that embody the skills, knowledge and abilities needed in their work supporting parents and families.
By participating in the Family Partner Training Institute you will have the option of earning your Local / NC State Credential as a Family Partner, working toward your National Certification for Family Peer Specialists™ (CFPS), and/or to learn more to be a stronger advocate for your own family. Completing the courses that are a part of MHA’s Family Partner Training Institute will take several months. Classes will begin in October 2023.
- You are invited to participate in a Family Partner Training Institute Orientation & Information Meeting on Wednesday, September 27th from 2:30 – 4:00 pm. The meeting will take place at the Valerie Woodard Community Resource Center (3205 Freedom Drive, #1000 in the Community Room).
- Please RSVP to Candace Wilson, Director of Family & Peer Support if you plan to attend.
- Complete the Family Partner Profile Sheet and return to Candace Wilson ASAP.