Family Partnerships--Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

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Promoting quality care for children and youth with special health care needs in Wisconsin.




Family Partnerships

The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program promotes family/provider partnerships and collaborates with parent-led organizations in the state. Two of the organizations funded by the CYSHCN program are Family Voices of Wisconsin and Parent to Parent of Wisconsin.

Family Voices of Wisconsin

Family Voices of Wisconsin supports the voice of families in decision-making, leadership and systems change. Family Voices provides information, training and support around healthcare and community services to families and professional partners.


  • "Did You Know?  Now You Know" Parent Trainings
  • Co-sponsorship of The Circles of Life Annual Conference for Families and A Gathering of Youth, a conference for young people
  • Wisconsin Family to Family Health Information Center
  • Resource Materials

Contact: Barbara Katz (608-220-9598) at Family Voices of Wisconsin

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin

Parent to Parent of Wisconsin (P2P) provides parent matching. P2P is a statewide network of families who support each other on the journey of parenting children with special health care needs.


  • Connections to other parents who have "been there"
  • Information on local, state, and national resources
  • Trainings for parents to become Support Parents

Contact: Parent to Parent of Wisconsin
888-266-0028 (Families) 

Wisconsin First Step
Information and links to services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist. Information is available on services such as Birth to 3/early intervention, financial assistance, parent networking and support, home health care, therapy services, CYSHCN Regional Centers and more.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Hotline
Information and links to services for pregnant and postpartum women and children. Call 800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.

Last Revised: August 13, 2015