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About Us

  • Who We Are
  • Our Mission
  • How We Came to Be
  • Current Officers
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WHO WE ARE:

Connections for Special Parents, CSP, is a support group for families of children with special needs.  Some families are just beginning the journey in raising a child with special needs; others have adult children and years of experience to share.  Our families deal with complex issues:  medical, developmental, social, educational, financial, emotional, spiritual…just to name a few.  By coming together and giving of ourselves, we’ve found that we gain so much.  We gain the strength, determination, knowledge, and courage to be better parents and better people.


We are a Family Network designed to:

Support, Educate, and Advocate.

OUR MISSION: 

CSP exists to:

  • Provide you with a network of friends who understand what it is like to have a child with special needs
  • Share information and tips about successful parenting
  • Give your child a chance to experience greater inclusion at school and in his/her own community
  • Connect you with  resources you need to help your child meet his or her full potential
  • Help you learn the skills you need to become a more effective advocate for your child

WALTON COUNTY CHAPTER OF CSP:

Debbie Genn, President of CSP, Walton Co. Chapter:
 
After Jean Davison (President of CSP of Northeast GA) presented information on her support group at a meeting in our area last year, I felt called to be the one to start a Walton County Chapter of Conncections for Special Parents. I am married and a mom of 5 biological children and 2 step children.  Our  youngest, McKenna, is almost 8 years old and has Rett Syndrome as her main diagnosis along with an anxiety disorder, sleep disorder and sensory integration dsyfunction. She is  also non-verbal, but definatly talks with her beautiful eyes!
I am a stay at home mom/caregiver to our two youngest , Annsley & McKenna. I love having the support of other people with similar circumstances.
 
Vice President, Kelli Geno:
 
After driving a special needs school bus for the past 15 years and seeing the unmet needs and the seeming isolation of the families in this area, I agreed with Debbie that Walton County and the surrounding areas needs more support for the families that just don't "fit" other groups.  I have 4 children.  At one point in time, I had 3 children on IEP's.  The other one was tested for the gifted program... I have been on both ends of the rainbow.  My oldest daughter has a specific learning disability.  She tested out of the special education program and is now married and has a daughter of her own.  My second daughter has Cerebral Palsy, a siezure disorder, gastric paralysis, and a smile that will melt your heart.  At the age of 2, my oldest son had febrile seizures that set him back to the point of a newborn.  They were never explained, and he is still approximately 2 years behind in all his development to this day.  My fourth child is all boy, accused of being hyper, and very mischevious.  The school system tested him for the gifted program, and he missed by 2 points.  (I haven't decided yet if that was good or bad...)  The variety in my own children just proved my thinking that all of us have some sort of "special need".

CURRENT OFFICERS:

President: Debbie Genn
Vice President: Kelli Geno

Email: waltoncountycsp@yahoo.com

 

OUR MEETINGS

We meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Lighthouse World Outreach Center (609 Gene Bell Rd, Monroe, behind Carver Middle School) at 6:30 pm and we do offer childcare for all children, with or without a diagnosis,  as long as you call or email us so we can prepare accordingly ahead of time to have someone there.  Whether you are looking for information, companionship, or understanding, or if you having something to share with the group,  EVERYONE IS WELCOME FROM ANY COUNTY!!

View our Calendar for up to date meeting information

To the left are 3 categories of resources. "Local Resources" lists information specific to Northeast Georgia.

"Parent to Parent Roadmap to Services" is a part of the P2P website. You can search their database to find resources and information.

"Community Connection / 211" is our information and referral services that can be reached through the internet or the call center.

 

 

Contact us

President: Debbie Genn
Vice President: Kelli Geno

Email: waltoncountycsp@yahoo.com

Debbie and Kelli