Family Link

Learning to live with diabetes doesn't happen overnight—and you don’t have to do it alone.

The American Diabetes Association is here for your family when you need us most—every day.

Family Link

Advocates for the rights of children and adults with diabetes.

  • Your Link to Schools — Children spend most of their time at school. The Association provides parents with resources and training modules to help you work with your child's school to create a medically safe learning environment for your child. The Association can assist you when you need help working with your school.

Works with scientists and medical professionals to improve care for your child and search for a cure.

  • Your Link to Experts — If you're looking for expert information, the American Diabetes Association has it. All the information you receive through the Association's website, books, Family Link enewsletters and other educational tools come from the Association's world renowned diabetes experts.

Offers Information and Resources to help your family learn to live well with diabetes.

  • Everyday Wisdom Kit — This free kit offers information and tips for the whole family after a child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Information targeting the child with diabetes, parents, teens and siblings offer families tips on how to prepare for everyday moments with type 1 diabetes. The kit also includes an interactive game, a diabetes dictionary, an emergency contact magnet and juggling balls.

Connects you with other families of kids with diabetes.

  • Diabetes Camps — Kids with diabetes often feel like they're the only ones living with diabetes—but not at Diabetes Camp! At Diabetes Camps, kids have a great time making new friends and participating in fun outdoor activities like hiking, swimming and canoeing. Trained staff, who often have diabetes themselves, help campers manage blood glucose while helping them build confidence in managing their diabetes.
  • Family Link Events — Attend a fun and social diabetes education event in your local community. In over 50 local communities, the American Diabetes Association offers families an opportunity to learn more about diabetes while meeting other families of children with diabetes.
  • Family Link Parent Mentors — If your child was recently diagnosed with diabetes, it's often helpful to talk to others who've been there. Connect to a Parent Mentor who understands how you're feeling. Family Link Parent Mentors is supported by an educational grant from Lilly USA, LLC.

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  • Last Reviewed: January 10, 2014
  • Last Edited: July 25, 2014

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Diabetes Forecast