Parent 2 Parent 

The Arc of the Peninsulas provides Parent to Parent services to Kitsap and Jefferson Counties.

For parents, supporting a child with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) can be challenging. Talking to someone who has traveled a similar road  can be tremendously helpful. In Washington, about 70% of people with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) live at home with a parent or family caregiver. Supporting an individual with I/DD comes with many responsibilities and some challenges along the way. The Arc of the Peninsulas' family support programs can help parent and family caregivers develop resiliency, connect to services, and plan for the future. 

Services

Matching parents in one-to-one relationships with trained, experienced parents, based on similar diagnoses and family issues.

Providing personal support, which is different than the support professionals can provide. Information and education about disabilities and referral to services in the community.           

 

Parent to Parent has a partnership with Local School Districts,  Fleet and Family and PAVE  to keep parents informed of services, events, support and help navigating the system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities. 

  •  Social and recreational family events

  •  Help finding resources and information for the entire age span

  •  Training for parents who want to become Helping Parent volunteers

  •  Educational workshops and presentations

  •  Quarterly Newsletter

  •  Host Teen and Adult Caregivers groups each month.

  •  Monthly Coffee Chats with other Parents of Special Needs Children

  •  Monthly Autism Parent Group for Families

 

 

Kimberly is a mother to four wonderful children.  Her high school sweetheart, Brian, and her have been married for over 25 years. They have lived in six states before he retired from the Navy.  Kimberly is a Pacific Northwest native, growing up and graduating from high school in Oregon while earning her Bachelors from Golden Gate University in Accounting.

 

Kimberly is active in her community. She currently directs the Home School Strings program in South Kitsap and is president of her Home Owners Association.  She looks forward to getting to know the families in Kitsap County as she helps them along in their journey through the world of disabilities.

Parent-to-Parent Coordinator, Kitsap County

Kimberly Adams

Contact:

(360) 516-8276

KAdams@penarc.org

Kitsap P2P

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Diane Porter joined The Arc in 2017 as the Parent 2 Parent Coordinator for Jefferson County. She is also  the parent of a delightful son, 18 year old Gabe, who has multiple disabilities and has been a student in the Port Townsend School District since he was 3. Diane began working with special needs kids as a high school student and have stayed on this career path as a Teacher and Educational Consultant for Head Start, an Early Childhood Education, Parent Education and Psychology College Instructor and a Counselor & Group Facilitator.


"My most important and fulfilling role however was being a first time parent at age 41 and I very quickly learned that all the work experience or degrees in the world barely prepared me for being a mom to a child with special needs."

Parent-to-Parent Coordinator, Jefferson County

Diane Porter

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Where We Are

The Arc of the Peninsulas

3243 N. Perry Avenue

Bremerton, WA 98310, United States

(360) 377-3473 | info@penarc.org

 

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