Puget Sound Family Link

American Diabetes Association Family Link is a program helping families that have children with diabetes make connections, get educated and get involved in the fight to Stop Diabetes® through year-round opportunities including educational events, fun get-togethers and more! Family Link is the umbrella for all Association youth and family programs.

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Local Family Link Programs

Family Retreat

The 2014 American Diabetes Association Family Retreat took place at American Diabetes Association EXPO on Saturday, April 5th at the Washington State Convention Center. Family Retreat is a free day full of expert speakers and networking opportunities for parents of children with type 1 diabetes. The kids enjoy a day full of educational and fun activities as well!

We can't wait for Family Retreat 2015!

ADA Camp Sealth

Children with diabetes come to Camp Sealth for the exciting outdoor activities, like archery, canoeing, hiking, campfires and much more. They leave camp with a better understanding of their diabetes through shared ideas and experiences with their fellow campers. At Camp Sealth, leading medical professionals from the local community provide all medical care for children with diabetes. Through education, exciting activities and camaraderie, summer camp helps campers increase self-confidence, learn new skills and improve diabetes self-management.

2014 Camp Sealth will take place August 4-9, 2014. Register today!

Safe at School

Children with diabetes can face challenges in obtaining adequate care in schools and day care centers. The Association helps families navigate this often overwhelming arena, informing parents about children's rights in public and private schools through educational workshops, resource materials and expert advice. The Association is here every step of the way; from education to negotiation to legislation.

Be sure to check out the great online tools at www.diabetes.org/safeatschool. Also be sure to watch the free online Parent Advocacy Webinar on the Safe at School page TODAY!

Thank you to everyone that came out to the Safe at School workshops in Tacoma and Seattle! Let us know if your child faces ANY challenges in the classroom.

Teen Leadership Council

Members of the Washington State Teen Leadership Council (TLC) act as leaders and volunteers in local Association programs and events while learning to inform and educate the community and the government about the serious toll of diabetes. Teens, aged 13-18, advocate at the state legislature for increased federal funding for diabetes research and prevention, improved health care and insurance coverage and an end to discrimination based on a person's diabetes. These teens also, with support of TLC mentors, develop their own programs and events to support the diabetes community. This groundbreaking program helps teens build self-esteem, improve public speaking skills and meet new friends affected by diabetes.

Teens interested in applying to join the TLC and adults interested in serving as a teen mentor can find out more about the program by contacting Frank at fiacolucci@diabetes.org.

Calendar of Family Link Events

Events are announced regularly. Please check back often.

Online Resources for Families

For Parents and Kids Check out all of the Association's online tools and information for parents and kids including Planet D, Safe at School, Everyday Life tips, and much more!

Online Community Looking to connect with other families dealing with type 1 diabetes? Visit the community and browse The Place for Parents, Teen & Young Adults and the other forums specifically designed for you!

Safe at School Online tools, videos, powerpoints and much more teaching parents of children with type 1 diabetes how to keep them Safe at School. Also includes important free resources for school staff and information on how to create a 504 plan for your child/student.