Project Description

Unexpected Journey

Moms and dads often discover raising a child with special needs has significant challenges. It’s natural for parents to have different perspectives on family issues, as moms and dads contribute different strengths to their families. Unexpected Journey helps participants understand this situation and many others in a one-day structured discussion exploring the most important issues a family predictably experiences when having a child with special needs. In a safe, flexible, and fun environment, we will learn from our challenges and appreciate the joys of raising kids with special needs.

Topics Include

Coping with grief and stress
Gaining family resilience
Nurturing the relationship you have as a couple

When and Where

Saturday, June 8, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kindering Bellevue
16120 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004

Cost and Logistics

Unexpected Journey is FREE for Kindering families. Please bring your own lunch.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Please note that childcare is not provided.

Contact and Registration

Please call Rosanne Carter at (425) 984-2623 or email her here.


  • Louis Mendoza, Manager of the Washington State Fathers Network for Kindering Center, is a father of two adult daughters, worked for 10 years as a paraeductor for children with special needs in the Northshore School District and has coached for Special Olympics.
  • Rosanne Carter is a mother of two children and has been an Early-Intervention Family Therapist for 10 years. Rosanne currently facilitates Baby Steps, Mothers Circle, and provides family support at Kindering.

Unexpected Journey

Comments from Past Participants

“Life changing and eye opening.”

“This class brought me peace of mind.”

“The most valuable hours we have invested in our marriage.”

“An excellent class to discover your whole parenting skills, and that you are not alone. An overall excellent experience.”

“This group helped our family function with a child with special needs. A great class!”