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Parent To Parent

DSANV's Parent to Parent program is a resource to all families regardless of the age of their family member with Down syndrome. We provide resources and connections to other parents when there are specific needs or if a parent just needs to talk. Our volunteer mentor parents are parents of children with Down syndrome who are trained according to national best practices in parent support. Parent to Parent is also here to help point families in the right direction for community resources that would also serve their needs.

Find here a social/recreational guide that was compiled from the September 2017 'Creating the Future' conference that was co-hosted by DSANV and the Kennedy Krieger Institute and presented by the NoVa Friends of the Down Syndrome Clinic and Research Center (DSCRC).

Parent to Parent responds to hundreds of inquiries every year from families of those with Down syndrome of all ages and from all walks of life. Any one of our dozens of trained mentor parents are ready to lend their listening ear and share their life experiences with those who contact us. If we can be of any assistance to you, please contact Heather Trammell, Director of Parent Support at or 703-621-7129. Parent to Parent helps give oversight to our Helping Hands program, supporting our member families who have specific needs due to having a child in the hospital. We can provide practical support to families in circumstances like this and others. If you are a DSANV member and you need help for your family, or know of a member family who needs a helping hand, please contact Mary Ford at .