As a parent, having your child transition from high school to adulthood can be overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes, the information about the transition to adulthood can be confusing, and unavailable. Below are some of the resources available to help parents through this time.
The Utah Parent Center was founded in 1983 by parents of children and youth with all disabilities to help other parents facing similar challenges throughout Utah. The caring and competent staff of the UPC utilizes a proven, effective parent-to-parent model to help many thousands of parents annually. We also represent families in many systems level activities. UPC staff has built collaborative networks with education, health and human service professionals, agencies and organizations. The Center promotes change within community through various projects and activities. Located in Salt Lake City, the Center serves families across Utah. You can reach the Utah Parent Center at 801-272-1051.
Utah Family Voices is a partnership with our National Family Voices network, to advocate for and assist families in navigating and accessing health care and family support services. Families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities are the center of any system of care and are the necessary voices to help ensure safety and wellness to not only survive but thrive in home and community settings. To speak with a staff member from Utah Family Voices please call 801.272.1068 or visit them online.
The Family to Family Network is a grassroots volunteer organization is supported by the Utah Parent Center. The Networks are composed of family leaders in various communities across Utah who have a relative with a disability. The mission of the Family to Family Networks is to educate, strengthen and support families of persons with disabilities. They can help you by providing:
- support through local monthly meetings, either in-person or online.
- information and referral.
- family to family support.
- advocacy for families
Allies with Families provides information and support to families of children with mental health needs. Allies was awarded a Statewide Family Network Grant in 1993, allowing an expanded focus to include system change work. Allies with Families prides itself in its positive relations with Utah’s child servicing agencies, and participates and/or chairs many state-level committees that can affect policy changes statewide. Allies receives referrals from state and local child servicing agencies, to mediate when issues cannot be resolved. Allies staff provides training and consultation to various state agencies on parent/professional collaboration, child case management, systems of care, and wraparound.
Voices for Utah Children works to make Utah a place where all children thrive. We start with one basic question: “Is it good for kids?” At Voices for Utah Children, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. Voices for Utah Children makes a difference in our kids’ lives by 1)raising awareness of the needs of children, 2) influencing policy in policy debate and 3) uniting the community by identifying and resolving the tough problems facing Utah’s children and families
An organization to assist individuals with disabilities in resolving challenges they may experience with federally funded vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs.
Children with Special Health Care Needs is a CSHCN provides and promotes family-centered, coordinated care and facilitates the development of community-based systems for these children and their families. CSHCN activities focus on reduction of preventable death, disability and illness in children due to chronic and disabling conditions.