The FamilySmart® Parent in Residence is a parent and/or caring adult who has their own lived experience parenting a child or youth with a mental health challenge. Lived experience is the foundation of all of FamilySmart® service offerings.
When young people are struggling with their mental health, they – along with their families or the caring adults in their lives – are helped when people with lived experience come alongside them to listen, to care, to know and to understand what it’s like for them and assist them in getting quality services, information and support.
FamilySmart® is a non-profit that works to enhance the experience and quality of services, support and information for children and youth with mental health challenges, and their families or the caring adults in their lives. Services are available without referal, are free, and there is no waiting list.