Tip 13: Parents: After reviewing your Prior Written Notice or other documents, call the Parents’ Place of Maryland or your Local Family Support Coordinator with any questions. Ask about language you don’t understand and discuss different options. They can help prepare you for upcoming meetings.

The Maryland Coalition of Families

Maryland Coalition of Families (MCF) helps families who care for someone with behavioral health needs. MCF’s Family Support Specialists offer one-to-one support to parents and caregivers and empower them by:

  • Helping them navigate services and systems
  • Providing them with tools to advocate
  • Connecting parents, caregivers, young people, and other loved ones to each other
  • Ensuring their voices and perspectives are heard
  • Raising public awareness and fighting stigma

Find your local Family Support Specialists on MCF’s website, or explore their comprehensive list of resources.

The Parents’ Place of Maryland

The Parents’ Place is a nonprofit organization that serves as an advocate and partner to families of children with disabilities and special health care needs throughout Maryland. Like MCF, The Parents’ Place offers a directory of resources and one-to-one support.

Some Questions to Consider

Not sure what kinds of questions to ask support specialists? Understood’s list of questions to ask before and during a child’s IEP meeting can spark helpful conversations.