Virtual Family Support Navigator Training

dnewcombe@mpf.orgAre you the parent of, or caregiver to, a child with a disability or special health care need? Would you like to share your knowledge and provide peer-to-peer support to other Maine families? If so, this virtual training opportunity may be for you!

Maine Parent Federation (MPF) is seeking parents, grandparents, and caregivers to children with disabilities and/or special health care needs who would like to attend this training to become a Family Support Navigator (FSN) and provide peer support to other Maine families. The FSN program matches experienced parents with other parents who need support while learning to navigate systems such as Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, MaineCare, Adult Services, etc., and assists them in locating local and statewide resources while helping parents learn to advocate for themselves.

During the Pandemic all support was provided through phone, text, email, and social media platforms such as Zoom. Now that restrictions are easing, if both parent and Navigator agree, meetings can be held in-person.

As a parent who has been involved with MPF in the past, we are contacting you to see if you would like to use your skills and knowledge to support other families. A Family Support Navigator is a part-time independent consultant position. MPF contracts with you to provide up to 10 hours of support to each family you help. We pay $15.00 per hour for direct support to a family, provide a $40 monthly stipend for phone/internet when actively working with families, and .46 cents per mile travel reimbursement. This is a flexible opportunity where you set your own hours/schedule. MPF provides on-going supervision and technical assistance.

This virtual training over zoom will be held on Wednesday, March 1 from 9:00 AM to Noon, and Thursday, March 2 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. There will be four other pre-recorded segments to the training that you can complete at your convenience.

Once you have completed the 10-hour virtual training we will provide you with a $150 stipend.

Please contact Deborah Newcombe at (800) 870-7746 or E-mail: dnewcombe@mpf.org to receive an application and job description and to answer any questions.