Virtual event offers financial help for people with special needs

Clallam County Parent to Parent is hosting a free virtual “Financial Futures, Planning Options” seminar at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, via Zoom.

Event organizers say that financial planning has never been easy for families and individuals with special needs — often aggravated by concerns surrounding current income, access to funds, and the fear of losing state and federal benefits.

Through this seminar, attendees can learn that while they don’t need a lot of money to plan for the future, it is important to make a plan. A financial plan can help the entire family support and provide for a loved one with special needs, and safeguard government benefits.

Gary Knopp, financial advisor with Prudential Advisors, will be presenting “Meeting the Financial Challenge: Helping you ensure quality of life for loved ones with special needs.” He will discuss the importance of having a will, what options you have to protect and support your loved one through life insurance, and more.

J. Graham Ralston, an attorney with Ralston Law, will present “Estate Planning with a Purpose: Your estate plan options and providing for those with special needs.” He will discuss the importance of planning; identifying and organizing assets; developing and funding a special needs trust, and more.

Both Knopp and Ralston will answer questions and provide contact information.

Find the Zoom link and more at

For more information, contact Carah Pless, Clallam Parent to Parent Coordinator, at 360-406-1215 or

Upcoming virtual seminars include “Developmental Disabilities Ombuds” with self advocacy educator Tim McCue (4 p.m., March 11) and “Developmental Disabilities Administration 101” with regional DDA manager Carina Robinson (4 p.m., March 18).

Parent to Parent is a program that provides information and one-to-one emotional support to parents, families and caregivers of individuals who have special needs.

Part of a national organization, the Clallam County chapter is hosted by Clallam Mosaic.

For more information about Clallam County Parent to Parent, visit

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