Using MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network is quite simple. The first step involves filling out a survey about your child's disorder or disability and how it affects you. The information you provide allows MUMS to enter you in its database and connect you with parents or care givers who share your experiences and might be able to help you. The survey inquires about everything from hospitalization history to the greatest gift your child has brought to your life. It can be found on the MUMS Web site in the How to Join MUMS section [source: MUMS: Survey]. The form may be mailed or e-mailed.
At the bottom of the survey, you can indicate which services you would like. A list of parent matches is $5, but if you can't afford it, the fee may be waived. Once you have been entered in the database, MUMS will send you a list of parents whose children have similar disabilities or disorders along with their contact info. The network can also put you in contact with local support groups or help you form your own. If you wish to contact MUMS directly, you may find telephone numbers for doing so on the Web site.
Many parents have found that joining MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network can be a rewarding and worthwhile experience, and the support can be invaluable. Keep reading to find out more about the possible benefits of joining.