The following programs and resources provide information on starting a parent support group. Use program websites to find local groups.
Circle of Parents®
A collaboration of Prevent Child Abuse America and the National Family Support Roundtable, Circle of Parents offers parent self-help support groups to anyone in a parenting role.
G.E.A.R. Parent Network
Offers parents and families online and phone support that uses a parent-to-parent sharing network to empower parents of children with behavioral health needs to build on their family strengths and advocate for the needs of the family.
Is Anyone Out There?: Finding Support as a Birth Mother (PDF - 148 KB)
Adoption Advocate, 88
Discusses grief and loss experienced by birth mothers when they place their child for adoption. This resource provides strategies for professionals working with grieving birth mothers, including developing a support system, regular check-ins, and acknowledging Mother’s Day.
Massachusetts Children's Trust Parenting Education and Support Programs
Depicts a parenting and education support program that helps parents with young children enhance the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be better parents. The series includes professionally led group sessions that are provided in child-friendly environments.
National Parent Helpline "Find Support"
National Parent Helpline
Provides links to support services by topic and child's age. The site also provides resources that are for individual States, in printable formats, and in Spanish.
Parents Anonymous is an international network of accredited organizations that implement community-based, weekly, free-of-charge Parents AnonymousÂ® Groups for parents and other caregivers.
Parent to Parent USA
Highlights statewide organizations that have parent to parent support as a core program and demonstrate a commitment to implementing evidence-based P2P USA endorsed practices.
Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
Highlights parent support programs that educate, inform, and create community as parents enter parenthood. Each of the sessions brings parents together to share the joys and challenges of parenthood and develop confidence in their own abilities.
Somebody to Lean On: Connecting With or Creating a Support Group (PDF - 636 KB)
Coalition for Children, Youth, and Families & Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (2015)
Discusses parenting challenges adoptive parents may encounter and the benefits of taking part in a support group with other adoptive families. This publication explains the types of support groups available to adoptive parents in Wisconsin, offers online resources, and describes how to start a support group.
ZERO TO THREE®
The mission of ZERO TO THREE, a national, nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization, is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers, and their families by informing, educating, and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.