banner page

PATH/FVCT Support Parent Training and Matching Program


What Is PATH/FVCT’s Listener Program?

PATH/FVCT Listener program matches parents whose children have a developmental delay, disability and/or special needs or are currently experiencing a medical concern (prematurely, surgical procedures, diseases, behavioral issues or genetic disorders) with “veteran” parents (Listeners) who have been through similar experiences. Parents who have experienced high-risk pregnancies are also available to talk with high-risk expectant parents and parents who have faced the unfathomable sadness of losing a child are also part of our network. The “veteran” parent (Listener) provides emotional support as well as resources and helpful information by phone to referred parents.

Who Are the Listeners?

PATH/FVCT Listeners are parents whose children have experiences a variety of special care needs, medical and / or disability related and who have achieved some perspective through time and training. Listener matches are made on the basis of a three-page questionnaire filled out by the Listeners. (Provided at the training)

What Kind of Training and Support Is Offered to New Listeners?

The Listeners participate in a training program, utilizing specially prepared training manuals. Various speakers cover topics such as the art of listening (what to say and not to say), living with long term challenges, educational issues, resources in the community, and coping the loss. The PATH/FVCT network provides ongoing support and information for Listeners once matches are made.

How Can a Parent Become a PATH Listener?

Parents interested in becoming a Listener simply call PATH/FVCT at 800-399-7284 or E-mail us at:

How Do Parents Needing Support Get Connected with the Support Services of PATH/FV’s of CT Listener program?

Parents can call PATH/FV directly or can be referred by a friend or professional.

How Does Having a Listener Help Parents?

Studies have shown that parents who have parents-to-parent support feel better about themselves and their children and have improved resources to cope with new situations. Parents acquire practical tips as well as the understanding of another parent who has “been there”. Parents who become Listeners also benefit from their relationships with referred parents; it often becomes a reciprocal relationship.

Who Do I Call to Find Out about Becoming a Listener?

PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of CT ∙800-399-7284 PO Box 117, Northford CT 06472