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What is Supported Parenting?

Supported Parenting is a culturally sensitive approach to helping families headed by a parent/s with cognitive challenges. It involves working long-term, building on a family's strength, to promote competence to promote competence and sustain independence. The model is based on:
Supported Parenting Brochures
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How Does a Family Support Specialist Support Families?

Central to the Sherlock Center's Supported Parenting model is support from a Family Support Specialist (FSS).

Through regular meetings with the parent and family, the FSS:
The Family Support Specialist can provide guidance and coaching in the following areas:
Sherlock Center Family Support Specialists
Mitzie Johnson
(401) 456-2817
Iraida Williams
(401) 456-4790
Main line: (401) 456-8072
7-1-1 or 1-800-745-5555 RI Relay TTY
7-1-1 or 1-866-355-9214 RI Relay TTY Espanol

Mitzie and Iraida are available to provide technical assistance and offer professional develo9pment workshops to agencies supporting parents with cognitive challenges. Call or email for more information and applicable fees.

As Family Support Specialists, Mitzie and Iraida assist individuals to gain personal control and self-direct their lives through the utilization of Person-Centered Planning and a "Self Help Plan," which consist of strategies such as natural supports, community resources, and formalized supports to achieve self-identified family goals. They are experienced at coaching parents in the multiple life stressors, conflict resolution, and community membership. Iraida is bilingual in English and Spanish.
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