The following programs and resources provide information on starting a parent support group. Use program websites to find local groups.
Circle of Parents®
Offers parent self-help support groups to anyone in a parenting role. This program is 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.
Maryland Resource Parent Association
Offers support to all resource families in Maryland by sharing years of experience, providing input, and giving guidance in areas such as caregiving, procedures, mental and physical health services, raising teens, and more.
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 Foster Parent Association
Provides foster parents with opportunities for advocacy, networking, education, and support. The organization works to be a national voice for foster, kinship, and adoptive families.
National Parent Helpline "Find Support"
National Parent Helpline
Links parents 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.
For the Child
Describes how protective factors improve and child abuse risk decreases when parents get support from each other. These support groups for parents in the Los Angeles area help parents learn what is normal behavior for their children at different ages, gain flexibility and confidence in parenting, and help non-abusive parenting skills become second nature.
Parent Peer Support Programs in In-Home Services (PDF - 272 KB)
National Resource Center for In-Home Services (2014)
Summarizes the theory and research behind parent peer support groups, provides examples of various peer support programs, and outlines resources for child welfare agencies that wish to implement these types of programs.
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.
Connects an international network of accredited organizations that implement community-based, weekly, free-of-charge Parents AnonymousÂ® Groups for parents and other caregivers.
Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
Outlines 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 - 656 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®
Supports 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.