“I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the services you provided for our family! We have been through so much in the last year and had been struggling from economic hardship, housing, financial and more! Our family behavioral needs were becoming urgent. It’s been a long rough road, but we have really come a long way.
I learned that the approach from G.E.A.R. is different than the typical behavioral help that we began to know. What I liked most about my parent partner was that she came from a place of understanding and knowledge that no book could teach you. Having someone who has been there, or if not, knows parents who have, gives me a little bit more hope than I had in the beginning. To be honest, sometimes it is just nice to have a regular person, a peer, because sometimes a person with a big degree, credentials, fancy car, fancy clothes and preconceived expectations is not 100% what we need."
Mother who received Family Support Provider services in 2015
“When I began attending G.E.A.R. support group meetings, my daughter was a preschooler. G.E.A.R. provided numerous workshops to parents. I began my experience with the Children’s Behavioral Health System and learning to advocate for my daughter after attending a series of advocacy workshops provided by G.E.A.R. After completing the workshops, I was able to learn a great deal about the Special Education System, including my daughter’s Special Education Rights, how to determine what my child’s needs were, how to ask for services to meet her needs, as well as how to access services within my community and what was available."
Deanne Beane, G.E.A.R. Parent Volunteer
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