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2011 Organization Survey

There are presently twenty-nine statewide Parent to Parent Alliance Members following Parent to Parent USA endorsed evidence-based practices. 

Parent to Parent USA conducts an annual survey of its Alliance Members programs to learn more about the services they provide, how they are funded and staffed, referral and match statistics, training methods, organization information, and materials they have to share. This program information is available to Alliance Members and emerging parent to parent programs receiving technical support from Parent to Parent USA as part of our commitment to leadership within Parent to Parent and the peer support movement.

2011 Program Data

National Study to Determine the Effectiveness of Parent to ParentTop

In response to requests from parents and program directors of Parent to Parent programs for efficacy data on Parent to Parent, a participatory action research team of parents and researchers conducted a 3-year national study to determine the effectiveness of parent to parent support for referred parents. Parents and researchers worked together to design the study, write the grant application; and carry out this important study involving 400 parents nationally. Parent to Parent USA Board Member, George Singer, PhD., was the director of the study, and the results indicate that parent to parent support increases parents' acceptance of their situation and their sense of being able to cope.

Moreover, parent to parent support helps parents to make progress on the need they present when they first contact a Parent to Parent program, and over 80% of the parents found parent to parent support to be helpful. In fact, the data indicate a direct correlation between the number of contacts referred parents have with their supporting parent and how satisfied referred parents are with the support they receive, the greater the number of contacts, the greater the satisfaction. Interviews with parents suggest that the kind of support Parent to Parent offers is unique and cannot come from any other source. Based upon these significant data, the research team recommends that Parent to Parent support should be an essential component of a comprehensive family support system.

Based on this National Study, Parent to Parent USA endorses and promotes the following evidence-based practices. View the following in pdf format:

The Beach CenterTop

The Beach Center on Disability has conducted research for and with families on family and policy issues related to disability - including research about Parent to Parent. To learn more about the Beach Center, its research, and its products and resources, visit their webpage at www.beachcenter.org. Scroll down to Knowledge to Action, link to Parent to Parent, click on Research and find summaries to important research conducted by the Beach Center and its partners.