Diagnosis: Diabetes

Discovering that your child has type 1 diabetes can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. As parents, navigating this new reality brings a lot of questions and concerns. It’s essential to have the time and support to process your emotions and adapt to this new journey. Connecting with another parent who has faced similar challenges can make a significant difference.

You are not alone. We understand what you’re going through. Our T1D Family Support volunteers are here to provide compassionate support and valuable information. These volunteers undergo a comprehensive training program and are dedicated to offering assistance and resources (excluding medical advice) to other parents. Confidentiality is a priority, and our services are entirely free of charge.

Our Services Include:

  • Emotional support for parents of children with T1D
  • Information and referrals to state and community resources
  • Trained T1D Family Support volunteers who closely match your parenting experience
  • Social and recreational events such as camps
  • Up-to-date non-medical information and resources on T1D

Washington Type 1 Diabetes Family Support

Department of Health is partnering with PAVE (Washington State’s Family to Family Health Information Center) and Parent to Parent (P2P) to provide statewide support opportunities for families of children with T1D.

Are you a parent or caregiver raising a child with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and need support and information? Or…Are you a parent or caregiver raising a child with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and interested in providing support and information to a new parent?

Become a Mentor: This project will use the peer-to-peer model to develop resources to support families of children with T1D through parent support mentor training and recruitment.

New to T1D? Parent support is available through phone or video chat to connect with other T1D families with lived experience.

Have questions? Contact us! Email coordinator@t1dfamilysupport.com or call 253-330-9367.

Below is a flyer for you to share with families!

Washington Type 1 Diabetes Family Support. A person is taking the blood sugar of a child.


According to the CDC:

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.

Your body breaks down most of the food you eat into sugar (glucose) and releases it into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

With diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it as well as it should. When there isn’t enough insulin or cells stop responding to insulin, too much blood sugar stays in your bloodstream. Over time, that can cause serious health problems, such as heart diseasevision loss, and kidney disease.

Videos focused on the psychological and emotional parts of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D):

How to deal with Diabetes,
Distress & Burnout
How to stop striving for perfection
When will this get easier?
Will my kid have a normal life?
Why self compassion is
good for diabetes

Videos focused on the medical management of T1D:

How to dose for Pizza
How to exercise without the lows
Wait, what are ketones again?
Why isn’t my insulin working?

Downloadable Resources



Washington State Resources

ADA Imagine Camp

Camp Leo for Children with Diabetes

Diabetes Association of Pierce County

Diabetes in School Health

Evergreen Health Diabetes Education & Nutrition

Jordan Morris Foundation

MultiCare Diabetes Services

Providence Diabetes and Nutrition Education

Samaritan Healthcare Diabetes Education & Nutritional Counseling

Seattle Children’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Classes and Workshops

STIX Diabetes Programs

Swedish Diabetes Education and Nutrition

Type 1 United

UW Medicine Diabetes Institute

These resources were created through a collaborative effort with the Type 1 Diabetes Workgroup; special thank you to Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) for initiating this workgroup and to the Fostering Well-Being program for providing PAVE with your Type 1 Diabetes resource guide.