How We Help
Michigan Family to Family (MI F2F) is staffed by family members who have experience raising a child with special health care needs. We know how to navigate the maze of health care services and programs. MI F2F staff understands the challenges families face. We provide information and resources to assist families with finding the health care services and supports they need. We help families avoid or overcome barriers to care for their children. We work with professionals and families to improve children’s health policies and programs in ways that help families.
- Information and referral
- Training opportunities for families, youth, and professionals
- Specialized training for parent leaders and organizations
- Linkages to local, regional, statewide and national partners
Who We Serve
It is estimated that 10.2 million children in the United States have special health care needs. Children with special health care needs are children and young adults who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. They also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. Like other children and youth, those with special health care needs deserve a happy, healthy childhood and youth – attending school, enjoying community events, living with their families, – as well as the opportunity to become productive adults.
We support families with children and youth with special health care needs by:
- Providing a forum for families to connect and share information and resources
- Working for improved systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs
- Developing opportunities to partner with health care professionals