May 2019
E-Newsletter
Events and Resources from Family Voices of MN
Resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through
Blog: Sisterhood of Mothers
Mothers of children and youth with special health care needs often band together and form a powerful sisterhood. They share stories, resources, tears and laughter. These connections are powerfully uplifting, comforting and lead to a pooling of information.

These moms often also work tirelessly to improve communities, laws, school and healthcare systems. They can't stomach the idea of making their children fit into the world. And so instead they work to make the world a place where their children can find true belonging.

Family Voices of Minnesota wishes the sisterhood of exceptional moms a Happy Mother's Day!

"If the sisterhood had a book burning it would be of baby milestone books. Oh, and report cards, single-minded classroom observations, behavior reports, ignored party invitations, draft IEPs, growth charts, pink slips, and more... We would bring s’mores and hold a sacred space of all-in rejoicing about our kids’ actual achievements."
Advocate Like a Mother With These Upcoming Webinars
Family voices of MN is pleased to continue two webinar series in May. The first series aims to give newer parent advocates confidence in their abilities to parent a child with special health care needs and navigate systems of care. The second will demystify special needs planning including special needs accounts, guardianship and conservatorship. Join us live or check out the archives on our website.
Series for New Parent Advocates

Part II: Learning to Navigate Systems: Practical Tools and Information for the New Parent Advocate.
Tuesday, May 14th, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
We will discuss how to find providers and reliable information. We'll get tools on preparing for appointments, keeping records and sharing information. 
Did you miss part I?

Part I: Connection: From Diagnosis to Discover to Hope
Archived
Parent panel members will share their stories of discovery, grief and how they found hope in peer support. Find your tribe!
Special Needs Planning Series

Part II: Guardianship & Conservatorship
Wednesday, May 29th, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Estate Planning Attorney, Scott Stevens, brings us another informative webinar on special needs planning. Scott, who is father to a youth with a disability, will shed light on guardianship and conservatorship.

Did you miss part I?

Part I: Special Needs Accounts
Archived
Learn about the uses and limits of ABLE accounts, Special Needs Trusts and Supplemental Needs Trusts. Learn how these accounts can work together.
Chat Live On The Family Voices of MN Website

We aren't as "on-call" as your mom, but we're close!

Have you seen the new chat feature on our website? Connect live with other parents of children and youth with special health care needs.
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