Pilot Parents

If your child has a special need, so do you. Pilot Parents is a Parent-to-Parent support network for families of children with special needs in the Arc Midstate region.

Pilot Parents

It can be hard to accept that your child has any special needs– whether the need be physical, developmental, medical, social, or educational. You may feel isolated, frightened, confused and overwhelmed. Pilot Parents is proof that you are not alone. Pilot Parents are trained volunteers who have experienced the heartbreaks and joys of having a child with special needs. They are willing to listen to and help other parents deal with frustrations and feelings that occur. Pilot Parents can offer practical suggestions for meeting the daily challenges of caring for a child with special needs. By sharing their experiences they can supplement information provided by professionals, family members, and friends.

Pilot Parents provide:

• Emotional support during the time of the child’s diagnosis and other times of change, transition, and adjustment at any age. • Information geared to the family’s needs; knowledge about disabilities, services, resources, and organizations. • Referrals to appropriate services. • Access to other types of support services.

Referral Procedure

Referrals to the Pilot Parents program can be made by the person needing the services, a friend, family member, physician, social worker, teacher, clergy or a service provider. Parents requesting assistance must give permission to share information, before being contacted by a volunteer mentor. Matches are made according to the needs identified by the parent. To make an inquiry please contact us: Pilot Parents Phone: 320.251.7272 Fax: 320.253.6844 E-mail

Could you be the one?

Raising a child with a special need can be rewarding and exciting. It can also seem lonely and frustrating. Could you be the one to make a difference for another parent? Parents interested in becoming a trained Pilot Parent volunteer are encouraged to call 320.251.7272 for additional information.