Family Support Partner


Family Support Partners

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One of the most powerful things for a parent or guardian, who is raising a child with mental health or behavioral health disorders, is connecting with another parent who understands what it’s like to be on that journey. This is the premise for a Family Support Partner (FSP).

 The Family Support Partner is currently or has been the parent or primary caregiver of a child with emotional, behavioral and/or mental health challenges who has completed the required training and certification process. An ideal candidate is sensitive, respectful, and responsive to the values, cultural background, and life experience of each family. Focus is on empowerment to move toward independence through skill building intervention, accessing and utilizing community resources, collaboration with service providers, and increasing parenting confidence.


Characteristics of Effective Family Support Partners

  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work with team members including youth, family members and mental/behavioral health professionalsFSP family 2 shutterstock_94997839
  • Team player
  • Ethical
  • Strong Boundaries
  • Outspoken, respectful, flexible, motivated, self-disciplined
  • Sense of humor, good common sense
  • Clean background check
  • Ability to share story and experiences appropriately and effectively
  • Good working knowledge of children’s services
  • Familiar with community and resources
  • Experience navigating two or more child-serving systems
  • Knowledge of independent living skills
  • Ability to take constructive criticism
  • Open-minded
  • Good time management and organization skills
  • Ability to establish relationships with supportive agencies
  • Ability to understand and respect cultures and family differences
  • Skilled at leading and inspiring others through dedication and example

or contact

Stephanie M. Hoffman, PhD, CFSP
Human Services Program Specialist
450 W. State St., Boise, ID 83702