Family Wrap: NJ Statewide Parent to Parent

NJ Statewide Parent to Parent


SPAN’s Statewide Parent to Parent program gives families the skills and support they need to help their children with special needs reach their full potential and to help them feel less isolated and more confident about themselves.  SPAN is the New Jersey affiliate of Parent to Parent USA.  If you are interested in being trained as a support parent or you are interetsed in receiving support contact us or call us at 800-654-SPAN (7726).

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Click here to become a support parent:


Parent to Parent offers:

  • One-to-one matches of families who have similar needs and experiences
  • Emotional support for parents when they learn their child has a developmental delay, disability, or other special health or behavioral health need
  • Current information on a variety of disabilities and health issues
  • Training for parents who would like to become a support parent
  • Training for professionals on how to support families of children with special needs more effectively
  • Information on local, state, and national resources for the child and family, including mothers, fathers, siblings, and others
  • Annual Conference for Fathers of Children with Special Needs
  • List of informative books on issues related to children with special needs
  • Development of support groups in partnership with community organizations

NJ Parent to Parent is funded by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services Division of Family Health Services Special Child Health and Early Intervention Services

Brenda L. Figueroa
Program Coordinator
973-642-8100 x 194
What families/professions are saying about this project:

“Thank you for connecting me to a wonderful Support parent!  She listened to me and was a great shoulder to cry on, and she gave me great resources!

Key Resources of Interest:

Fathers’ Conference 2016


Fathers’ Conference 2015

Dr. Naseef’s Blog on the conference:

Fathers’ Conference 2014


Our staff are all parents of children with special needs and understand firsthand the challenges and joys families face when parenting a child or youth with special health and/or behavioral health needs. We are here to connect you to trained support parents and share resources and information.

Michele Puzio, NW Regional Associate, 973-664-9197,

Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren

Fanny Ochoa, NE Regional Associate, 973-620-2050,

Bergen, Hudson, Passaic and Union

Donna Milanowycz, Central Regional Associate, 732-836-0964,

Burlington,  Mercer, Middlesex, Monmoth and Ocean

Michele Tyler, Southern Regional Associate, 609-518-2281,

Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem

Shirley Johnson, Essex County Family WRAP Associate, 973-642-8100,

Essex County Only

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