Parent Matching




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“Having a child with special health care needs can be a life altering experience...but with the support of another parent we begin to see through the cracks and find joy in places we never could have imagined. Our journey continues, but this time we feel that we will survive because we know another parent who has.”


Tennessee Parent-to-Parent Matching Program

Our program provides peer support to any child’s family through one-to-one connections. Our Matching Program provides support, information, and resources from an experienced, trained parent who has undergone a similar journey caring for a child with a disability or special health care need.

A parent match specifically connects the requesting parent with an experienced, supporting parent who can:

  • Help with problem-solving,
  • Listen to you and truly understand your circumstances,
  • Offer emotional support,
  • Connect you to community resources,
  • Give first-hand experience about caring for and parenting a child with special health care needs, and
  • Make referrals to other agencies who can provide additional support.

Parent-to-Parent matching is available to any parent or family member of a child with a special health care need.  If you would like to be matched with a Parent Mentor, please complete our online Parent Matching Form at:

Become a Mentor Parent/Family Member

Tennessee Parent-to-Parent provides training to parents/family members who are willing to volunteer their time to share their personal experiences, knowledge, and offer emotional support to other families with similar experiences.  TNP2P is looking for more trained volunteers in order to keep up the match request. If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please complete our online Mentor form at:

Adult Siblings

Are you an adult sibling of an individual with special health care needs or a disability? We understand that your experience as a brother or sister is unique and comes with both joys and challenges. If you would like to be matched with another adult sibling who has been trained to offer support as an Adult Sibling Mentor, or if you would like to be trained to serve as a Mentor for others, please complete our online Adult Sibling Form at:

Peer Matching for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs and/or Disability

Are you an individual with special health care needs and/or a disability? Do you feel you would benefit from one-to-one mentorship from a peer who has had similar experiences and has been trained to serve as a peer mentor? If you are interested in being matched with a peer mentor, please complete our online form at:

If you are an individual with special health care needs and/or a disability and you are willing to volunteer your time to share personal experiences, knowledge, and offer emotional support to a peer like you, please complete our online form at:


If you have any questions about our statewide matching program, please contact Kara Adams at


There is no cost for this service. This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number D70MC24125, “Integrated Community Systems for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” for a total award amount of $214,250 which is 100% federal funding. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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