F2FHICs are designed to provide family-friendly information about health care service systems and programs for children with special needs. Their purpose is to provide training or assistance to families in navigating various service systems, including Medicaid and TennCare, SSI for Children, Title V (Children’s Special Services), Early Intervention (TEIS), and other programs. Family Voices of Tennessee continues to operate as an F2FHIC.

Tennessee PEARS program is for families of children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing issues. This program allows these Tennessee families to connect with, talk to, or meet face-to-face with a trained staff person called a “Parent Guide.” Parent Guides are trained Family Voices staff who themselves have a child who is deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing issues.

Parent to Parent (P2P) USA is a national organization offering parent-to-parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special healthcare need, disability, or mental health concern. Through our local partnership with this national organization, Family Voices of Tennessee has access to a national network of experienced, trained support parents and can provide a one-to-one match to the families we serve.

Family Leadership Training

Leadership training for families of children with special healthcare needs who want their voice to be heard in decisions that affect their child’s care. When a group of decision makers hear the “real life” stories of day to day challenges that families of children with special healthcare needs face, they are more likely to make informed decisions that can greatly improve programs and services offered.