What Can Multiples of Illinois Offer You?
Multiples of Illinois offers a variety of member services and benefits:
Support groups and referral opportunities
Local club affiliates
Newsletter and social media platforms
Statewide Conferences (April and October)
Special Needs Assistance Fund (SNAF)
Statewide Philanthropic Project
Information on Multiples of America
Most importantly, Multiples of Illinois gives parents across the state of Illinois the opportunity to share in the unique and special bond of being a parent of multiples.
What Can A Local Club Offer You?
The responsibility of raising multiple birth children can be overwhelming! Whether you have just found out you are expecting twins, triplets, quads, etc. or your children are just heading off to school, you are undoubtedly excited about the countless pleasures and challenges in your future. You may sometimes wonder if you can handle the responsibilities of parenting two or more children born at the same time. At times, you may be flooded with emotions, both positive and negative, as you realize that your life has changed forever. And as you marvel at your children’s development when they enter each new phase in their lives, you may question if you will make the right decisions that will help your children grow as individuals while not breaking their unique bonds.
One of the best ways to feel more confident about yourself and your role as a parent of multiples is to talk with other parents in a similar position–parents who understand exactly what you are going through and who know how comforting it can be to talk with someone who has experienced the same things.
One of the best things a parent of multiples can do is join a local Multiples Club.
Local Multiples Clubs provide group and one-on-one support. Clubs usually meet once a month, with meeting topics ranging from informative guest speakers and workshops, to informal round table discussions and social activities. Most clubs also share information with their members through their local newsletters. In addition, many clubs sponsor special activities, such as holiday parties and summer picnics for the entire family, appreciation days, mom and tots day outings, and used clothing, toy and equipment sales.
Local clubs promote friendship and networking by bringing parents of multiples together. Local parents of multiples clubs give their members an opportunity to network and share in the joy and challenges faced by parents today. But most importantly, members discover they are not alone! The best advice you could EVER take regarding your multiples is to contact the local parents of multiples club nearest you!
Membership in Multiples of Illinois is through one of the local club affiliates. Membership dues, payable through the local club, are $8.00 a year. By joining a Multiples of Illinois-affiliated local parents of multiples club in your community, members not only enjoy the many benefits of local club membership, but they also gain the many benefits and services of Multiples of Illinois membership.