new and expectant parents, any opportunity to connect with other parents who
have had similar experiences can be invaluable. NCDSA will hold a training
event for parents interested in becoming mentors to families that have recently
received a diagnosis.
Prospective parent mentors should have a child with Down
syndrome under the age of 8.
training is for parents to become certified in the North Carolina First Call
Training materials will cover the genetics of Down syndrome, sharing
personal stories, listening skills, resources for families, and role play.
Responsibilities of a parent mentor
with new or expectant families within 24 hours of request
monthly contact with family up to one year
pleasant, positive, and non-judgmental
confidentiality at all times
familiar with local and national resources
frequently with NCDSA's family support coordinator
NCDSA at all times
Full participation is required and will include:
pre-recorded video prior to training
2 in person or virtual live training sessions on August 10 and 17 from 7pm to
and returning follow-up paperwork
training sessions can be attended in person at the NCDSA Down Syndrome Training
Center (2621 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh) or virtually via Zoom.