CNF Peer Support Newsletter
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November 12, 2020
Welcome to our new, quarterly
Peer Support Newsletter

You’re receiving this email as you may have reached out to the Child Neurology Foundation for assistance in the past. One of our Peer Support Specialists would have reached back out to you to interact on a personal level, and hopefully provide the support you were seeking. 

We are circling back to check in with you and make sure you're receiving the support you need, as well as highlight some resources that may be helpful for you. 

What is CNF’s Peer Support Program? 

  • The Child Neurology Foundation (CNF) strongly believes that for children with neurologic conditions to thrive, families and caregivers must receive support. In order to help meet the needs of those walking the journey with the child, we established the Family Support and Empowerment Program to encompass resources and tools that empower caregivers to live healthier lives.  

  • Peer Support offers families a direct connection with an experienced, compassionate Peer Support Specialist to help navigate the journey of disease diagnosis, treatment, and management for a child living with a neurologic condition. FSEP’s Peer Support Specialists are trained to listen to caregivers along this emotional journey without judgment. Along with offering relational support, Peer Support Specialists seek to empower families by sharing sound information and helpful resources. 

Why are we reaching out now? 

  • We’re reaching out now to share that the Child Neurology Foundation (CNF) is launching a quarterly newsletter for families and caregivers like yourself! 

Each quarter we’ll highlight: 

  • Resources that may be beneficial to you and your family 

  • A personal reflection from a family or one of our Peer Support Specialists 

  • Share some general information about what’s going on at CNF 

Meet our Peer Support Specialists! 

CNF has peer support specialists that know what it is like to have a child with a neurologic condition and all of the things you are going through. We believe that even if parents have children with different diagnoses, they still often share very similar experiences.

Check out the videos below to learn more about us!   

Kathy Leavens, CNF Peer Support Specialist  

Brad Thompson, CNF Peer Support Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor (LPC-S)  
“In my journey as a mom of children with medical needs, I found that I was also my own researcher and educator. I had time in between seizures or treatments, and time in waiting rooms, to search for answers to the questions I was facing. I asked myself one question over and over: ‘Where is the person who has done this before me?’ As I gained life experience, I promised myself that I would be the person to lend a hand to someone else.” - Kathy Leavens 
“We know how long your to-do list is as a family and we know how frustrating and discouraging it can be to run into a bunch of dead-ends and information that is no longer useful or valuable.  So, we do everything we can to make sure that the information and the groups of people we are connecting you with are on the front-end of the battle as well. The other thing that we promise to offer you is a relationship.” - Brad Thompson
Want more information about our peer support program?
Click here to visit our website. 
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