young boy wearing a light collared shirt with cochlear implant looking up; father giving infant child kiss on cheek; text reads 'connecting families' with a flower image above, the petals have 4 different colors; young boy sitting in wheelchair with bright blue shirt, dark sunglasses and red hat on his head; young girl with pony tail and light pink shirt is pointing at a tablet

Connecting Families is a network of culturally and linguistically responsive peer support in the state of Wisconsin for families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). We help families connect with other families through our network and other community partners.

Wisconsin has a lot of resources available to families and navigating those services and the system can be overwhelming. Some families are not finding what they need. We know that one of the best resources is to simply connect families to each other. Connecting Families provides a network of support rooted in empathy, compassion, empowerment and mutual understanding.

What makes Connecting Families different?

Wisconsin already has many helpful supports in place for families and Parent to Parent of Wisconsin is the main statewide peer-to-peer support program for families of children with special needs. Connecting Families works alongside our community partners and is unique in these ways:

  • We are nurturing the development of new family peer support resources that are specifically designed to address unmet needs.
  • We provide ongoing support to our network of support parents through an ongoing learning community.

"... thanks for your guidance in the process for all these years. Hard to believe my child is transitioning to all these new adventures. Thanks for listening about my life stories."

Quote shared with permission from family

Get Connected

Connecting Families is building a network led by individuals with lived experience. Have you identified an unmet need in your community? Talk to us.

picture of a family outdoors with a mom with blonde hair, blue-rimmed glasses and navy short sleeve shirt is smiling and has her arm around her son, also smiling, with light hair wearing a light tee-shirt and has his arm around his mom while the dad with gray hair, also wearing a navy blue shirt, looks at them smiling