Family Partnership for Children & Youth with SHCN

Family Partnership has a toll-free phone number: 800-779-8652

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The Family Partnership provides information and support to children and youth with special health care needs and their families. These individuals are also given the opportunity to network with each other through various settings including regional and statewide meetings.

Family Partnership members include individuals with special health care needs as well as their parents, legal guardians or siblings. SHCN utilizes information from Family Partnership members to enhance the relationship between SHCN and the individuals and families they serve.

The Family Partnership employs four professional Family Partners who share responsibility for each of SHCN's service areas. The Family Partners are parents of special needs individuals. In addition to providing information and resources to local members, they serve as the Family Partnership's contact person for their designated areas. Family Partners plan, schedule and facilitate the Family Partnership regional and statewide meetings.

Family Partnership is a project for Missouri families of special needs individuals. The project is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Title V Block Grant and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Special Health Care Needs and is achieved by means of an agreement with the Missouri Family-to-Family Resource Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Institute for Human Development.