Who is the Family Partner?
In order to serve as a Certified Family Partner for Coastal Plains Community Center a person must be the parent or primary care giver of a child or youth with emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. The Family Partner has real-life experience in raising such a child. He or she has learned how to successfully navigate the systems of care available to children and adolescents in the state of Texas.
In addition to real-life experience a Family Partners must undergo 3 days of intensive training followed by a comprehensive certification exam. Once certified the Family Partner must earn at least 20 hours of continuing education units every two years.
The training is designed to teach the Family Partner how to use their experiences to help other parents facing the same issues for the first time. It is the job of the Family Partner to ensure that each family member’s voice is heard and that their individual needs are being addressed and met. He or she serves as a mentor, coach, support and advocate to the family.