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POPS (Parents Offering Parent Support)

The Parents Offering Parent Support (POPS) program is a network of parent volunteers who mentor other parents through the challenges of their child's health condition. POPS offers guidance and encouragement by connecting parents with compassionate mentors who have been through the same experiences with their own children.

Examples of mentorship


  • Coping with the emotional challenges of a new diagnosis

  • Building your child's health care needs into the daily routine

  • Advice on transitioning back to school

  • Maintaining energy while meeting complex demands

  • Meeting long-term care needs such as chronic conditions or transplant recovery

  • Sharing unique perspectives such as being a single parent or having limited access to resources

  • Getting regular, positive encouragement to overcome challenges

Methods of contact

Parents and mentors can connect through methods that are comfortable for both parties. Interaction may take place through phone conversations, email, social media or text messaging. Meeting with a mentor in person is optional but not required.

How to apply

Parents interested in peer support can apply using the form below. Children's Mercy Kansas City will match parents with suitable mentors who have completed the required training.

Request a POPS mentor

To become a mentor