Parent Support Groups

Connect with other parents in one of our safe, nonjudgmental support groups.

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Throughout the year, we offer parent support groups for single parents, parents of adopted children, parents with children who have special needs, and parents of children with diabetes.

Facilitated by one of our parent educators or therapists, the groups allow you to express your feelings in a safe, nonjudgmental environment and to learn and grow through support and education.

Current support groups are listed below. If you have a new support group that you would like to start, contact us to learn how we can help.

Support Group for Parents of Children on the Autism Spectrum

Do you have a child on the autism spectrum? Are you seeking the support of others with similar experiences? Would you like to make new friends and learn about resources for yourself and your children? We invite you to join our Parents Place support group.

  • First Wednesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm in San Francisco. Led by Yvonne Hendricks, ABA Certified therapist in private practice, who works with children on the autism spectrum and their parents. Register here or call 415-359-2443 for more information.

Single Parent Support Groups

Come join a group and help us build a circle of support and sharing!  Single parents gather to discuss and support one another through the challenges of parenting alone, managing time, supporting their children through school and family relationships, finding time to care for yourself, financial issues, and more.

  • Single Parent Support Group in San Francisco: Third Wednesday of every month, 12:00 – 1:30 pm in San Francisco. Led by Mechele Pruitt, Director, Parents Place San Francisco. Group is $20 / $7 childcare fee per family. Register here or contact MecheleP@jfcs.org or 415-359-2440 for more information. 
  • Single Parent Support Group in San Mateo: The JFCS Single Parents Support Group, is open to single mothers and fathers seeking support during and after their separations or divorces.There is no charge to participate in the group for parents, but preregistration is required. Location: Parents Place San Mateo – Eleanor Haas Koshland Center 2001 Winward Way, Suite 200, San Mateo 94404.  If you need childcare onsite, please register asap for childcare by calling 650-931-1801. If you would like a certificate of attendance for this group, please contact Diana Blank at DianaB@jfcs.org.  To receive more information and to register, call Diana at 650-931-1801.

JFCS’ Single Parent Support Group is supported by individual donors, endowed funds, and grants from foundations including Eucalyptus Foundation, Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. If you would like to contribute please contact Barbara Farber at BarbaraF@jfcs.org or 415-449-3858.

Sensory Processing Support Group

This group is for parents of children with sensory processing challenges. Connect with other parents who are dealing with similar situations, share experiences, swap ideas, and receive support from our highly experienced Occupational Therapists.

  • COMING IN THE FALL OF 2017. Please contact Deanne Kelly at 650-931-1854 or deannek@jfcs.org for more information.

Post-Adoptive Parent Support Group in San Francisco

Connect with other adoptive parents and explore together how adoption-related challenges may be impacting your family. This group will be professionally-facilitated with opportunities for education, support, guidance, and solutions. Each month will highlight a specified topic—including talking about birth parents, trauma-informed parenting, and signs of grief and loss.

  • Second Thursday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm in San Francisco. Facilitated by Ellie Pelc, Psy.D. Check out the San Francisco Parents Place calendar for upcoming dates. Contact Stephanie Lay with questions at 415-359-2498; StephanieL@jfcs.org.

Post-Adoption Parent Support Group in Santa Rosa

  • This group is open to all adoptive parents and their children. Takes place third Tuesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:45 pm (except July and August) in Santa Rosa. While parents participate in discussion and learning, kids take part in supervised art and play. Free of charge. Facilitated by Andrea Pinkerton, PsyD. RSVP required by calling 707-303-1509; RobinR@jfcs.org. Learn more about Post-Adoption Services in Sonoma County >

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