Fun Fact #28
Celebrating Dads this Father's Day!

SPAN’s Statewide Parent to Parent program gives families the skills and support they need to help their children with special needs reach their full potential and to help them feel less isolated and more confident about themselves.

Each year, Parent to Parent runs a Father's Conference where 60-100 fathers of children with special needs come together for the full day event. Workshops and breakouts in both English and Spanish and keynote presentations by self-advocates and advocate fathers are part of this men's only event.

This video from the keynote presentation of the 2015 Conference
From left: father and small daughter in profile kissing, middle: father from back holding baby with down syndrome, right: father in hospital holding son with tubes having a procedure.
The next Parent to Parent NJ
Mini-Conference for Fathers, Grandfathers, Stepfathers,
Brothers, and Male Caregivers of Children with Special Needs
will be June 30th, 2018, in Sicklerville, NJ.

MEN ONLY, register for this event here:
Para información en español, llama: (973) 337-7329

Men can also join the Facebook group here:


  • One-to-one matches of families who have similar needs and experiences
  • Emotional support for parents when they learn their child has a developmental delay, disability, or other special health or behavioral health need
  • Current information on a variety of disabilities and health issues
  • Training for parents who would like to become a support parent
  • Training for professionals on how to support families of children with special needs more effectively
  • Information on local, state, and national resources for the child and family, including mothers, fathers, siblings, and others
  • Annual Conference for Fathers of Children with Special Needs
  • List of informative books on issues related to children with special needs
  • Development of support groups in partnership with community organizations
This Father's Day, SPAN celebrates all parents, guardians, and other caregivers who invest themselves in their children. We support you, and we thank our generous donors who support us in our efforts.

All children are our children,
Diana Autin & Debra Jennings
Co-Executive Directors