By: Mary Margaret Fouse-Bishop, RN, BSN
Supervisor-Jefferson County Public Health HCP Program
Someone once said, “Parenting is the hardest job you will ever have.” As a parent or caregiver, you know there is truth to that statement!
All kids are unique and no two are just alike. Parenting a child with different abilities in a world of “one size fits all” is REALLY hard, but not impossible.
As a parent or caregiver, you know your child better than anyone. You know their likes and dislikes, and what makes them happy and what makes them sad. You are your child’s superhero — the person they can count on. Your voice matters and you are the key to your child’s success.
But even superheroes need support. Parenting a child with different abilities can be overwhelming and scary. You are not alone. Asking for support is a strength. As humans, we need a community of support to thrive.
HCP is here to help. We are a team of nurses and care navigators for families of children and youth with special health care needs. You have what it takes to be your child’s biggest cheerleader. We are here to ensure you have the resources and support to do just that.
Here are some ways HCP can help you be the most powerful superhero in your child’s life:
- Connect you to medical providers, therapy services or specialty care
- Support transitions from one service to another
- Provide guidance on educational and medical services, insurance and Medicaid waiver support
- Find resources to cover medical, therapy or recreational costs
- Connect you to other parents who “get it” and can be of support to you
- Find answers to your questions
- Find resources to support short-term caregiver breaks for you
Getting support is easy. Our services are at no cost to you and no medical conditions are required. We are here to help you achieve your family’s goals, every step of the way. For more information, visit our webpage or call (303)-239-7006. For Spanish, call (303) 239-7025.