The support groups listed below are for both caregivers and youth. If there isn’t a group located near you, go to your local System of Care Collaborative to talk about starting one!


Destiny Outreach

This is a group for parents who want to network and make effective changes within their community.

  • Language: English
  • When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month from 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: East Hartford Cultural Center, East Hartford, CT
  • Contact: Cathy Flippen, (860) 726-3646
  • Route 2 Collaborative

H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Excel)

This is a group that provides support and encourages caregivers who have children and/or youth with behavioral, social, communication, or health challenges. They also empower, inspire and educate families to see beyond the diagnosis and see the possibilities and potential each family unit embodies.

  • Language: English
  • When: 2nd Tuesday of every month
  • Where: Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT
  • Contact: Nydia Dominguez, (860) 919-5862 or Sandra Jackson, (203) 715-0430
  • Meriden/Wallingford Collaborative

Advocacy Academy

Helping parents learn skills to appropriately advocate for their families.

  • Language: Bilingual
  • When: TBD
  • Where: Spanish Community of Wallingford
  • Contact: Marta Persia, 203-535-4804
  • Meriden/Wallingford Collaborative

Inspiration

This is a group that provides support and encourages caregivers who have children and/or youth with behavioral, social, communication, or health challenges. They also empower, inspire and educate families to see beyond the diagnosis and see the possibilities and potential each family unit embodies.

  • Language: Spanish
  • When: 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT
  • Contact: Marta Persia, (203) 535-4804 or Amalia Medina, (203) 600-0937
  • Meriden/Wallingford Collaborative

NCCC Recreational Activity Group

This group is for families whose lives have been touched by children with behavioral, social, anxiety, attention, communication and mental health challenges.


NCCC Parent Support Group

This group helps parents whose lives have been touched by children with behavioral, social, anxiety, attention, communication and mental health challenges.

  • Language: English
  • When: 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon St, Room 221, Suffield, CT
  • Contact: Doriana Vicedomini or Diane Reynolds
  • North Central Collaborative

Parents Supporting Each Other

For parents of children with behavioral health needs. Childcare and refreshments available.

  • Language: English
  • When: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: First Church, Court Street, Middletown, CT
  • Contact: Myke Halpin
  • Greater Middlesex Collaborative

Families Supporting Families

For parents of children with behavioral health needs. Childcare and refreshments available.

  • Language: English
  • When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of every month
  • Where: Waterford Country School Safe Home
  • Contact: Grace Nelson, 860-235-7923 & Josephine Suarez, 860-857-2232
  • Communities Raising Children Collaborative

BOW Parent Initiative

A parent support group.

  • Language: English
  • When: Evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Woodbridge (TBD)
  • Contact: Diane Downey, 203-376-5119
  • BOW Collaborative

Unidos Sin Fronteras

The idea of the parent support group was formed. The goal of the group is to fulfill the emotional needs of Latino parents as they work through their common challenges. Together they want to form a comfortable environment which one day could be called “family.” During the groups meetings they will share experiences, have guess speakers, share resources, and engage in activities for themselves and their families.

  • Language: Spanish
  • When: Second Friday of the month from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Where: TBD
  • Contact: Carla Ambrocio, 203-807-3284 & Maria Rincon, 203-247-9629
  • Greater Norwalk Collaborative

It Takes A Village

A support group for grandparents raising children with behavioral health challenges.

  • Language: English
  • When: First Tuesday of the month 11-12 p.m.
  • Where: 233 Retreat Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • Contact: Raleigh Leggett, 860-639-6752
  • Hartford/W.Hartford Collaborative

Next Steps I

Provides parents with a safe, comfortable environment to vent their frustrations, challenges, fears, knowledge and positive experiences with other parents.

  • Language: English
  • When: 4th Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: The Summit, Plantsville, CT
  • Contact: Carrie Foligno & Lori Powell, 860-302-6543
  • Greater Bristol/Farmington Valley Collaborative

Circle of Moms

Provides support to young mothers who are in need of friendship, support, guidance, connection to resources, and prosocial family focused activities.

  • Language: English
  • When: Contact facilitator for information
  • Where: Bev’s Corner, 3 Elm Street, Rockville, CT/li>
  • Contact: Laura Corlis & Vicki White, 860-221-4856
  • East of the River Collaborative

Family Friendly Event

Provides support to families of children with special needs as well as their typical siblings by providing monthly opportunities for free outings.

  • Language: English
  • When: Every 3rd Friday evening or Saturday of the month
  • Where: UCFS, 34 East Town Street, Norwich, CT 06360
  • Contact: Susan Hostnik, 860-822-4335 & Christie Beausoleil, 860-861-1100
  • Southeast Collaborative

New Britain Bilingual

Please join us for an opportunity to connect with other parents experiencing similar situations. Share your thoughts, feelings, and ideas for this new group.

  • Language: English/Spanish
  • When: TBD
  • Where: New Britain Public Library, New Britain, CT
  • Contact: Tabor Napiello, (860) 793-3551
  • Greater New Britain Collaborative

Padres Abriendo Puertas

This is a group for parents of children with special needs.

  • Language: Spanish
  • When: One Sunday per month from 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT
  • Contact: Miozotis Galarza, (203) 240-2467
  • Greater Danbury Collaborative

Ready to Go

This group provides workshops to parents of the community in order to prepare them to work in their communities and help other parents facing similar challenges.

  • Language: English/Spanish
  • When: Contact facilitator for information
  • Where: Contact facilitator for information
  • Contact: Victor Gonzalez, (860) 520-6201
  • Hartford/W.Hartford Collaborative

V.E.N.T.

This is a group for parents of children with special needs to network and practice self care.

  • Language: English
  • When: Contact facilitator for information
  • Where: Contact facilitator for information
  • Contact: Sarah Haynes & Maureen O’Neill Davis
  • Northwest Caring Connection Collaborative

V.E.N.T.

This is a group for parents of children with special needs to network and practice self care.

  • Language: Spanish
  • When: 1st Tuesday of every month from 10-12 p.m.
  • Where: Knights of Columbus, 152 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT 06790
  • Contact: Jocelyn Salinas or Susan Graham, (860) 309-4322
  • Northwest Caring Connection Collaborative

Women’s Inspirational Network (WIN)

This is a group for women & girls who have experienced abuse. Network to support and empower this population in the Greater Waterbury area.

  • Language: English
  • When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: 222 W. Main Street, Waterbury, CT
  • Contact: Christina Som Reach
  • Greater Waterbury Collaborative

Youth Support Groups

Generation Next

This is a group for YOUTH who are interested in making effective changes within their communities

  • Language: English
  • When: 2nd & 4th Tuesday of Every month 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: East Hartford Cultural Center, East Hartford, CT
  • Contact: Cathy Flippen, (860) 726-3646
  • Route 2 Collaborative

NCCC Recreational Activity Group

This group is designed to help children benefit from prosocial activities.


NCCC Sibling

The NCCC Sibling Group provides opportunities for peer support and education to siblings of children with special needs in a recreational context.

  • For: Children between the ages of 9 and 13
  • Language: English
  • When: 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Where: Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon Street, Room 221, Suffield, CT
  • Contact: Doriana Vicedomini or Diane Reynolds
  • North Central Collaborative

WeStand

To encourage youth empowerment and mentoring, to develop self-esteem, through diverse peer to peer interaction and support.

  • Language: English
  • When: Every other Saturday from 10-2 p.m.
  • Where: YMCA, 136 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT
  • Contact: Josephine Bennett
  • Greater Waterbury Collaborative

Empower Hour Girls Program

We address bullying, teen violence, self-esteem, physical fitness, public speaking and healthy eating.

  • Language: English
  • When: Thursday from 5-6:30 p.m. & 2nd Saturday of each month from 12-4 p.m.
  • Where: CRT (Thursday) & Parker Memorial Community Center (Saturday)
  • Contact: Tanya Gordon
  • Hartford/W.Hartford Collaborative

Peer to Peer Legacy

This group provides peer-to-peer mentoring.

  • Language: English
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: Wilby High School, Waterbury, CT
  • Contact: Zosh Flammia
  • Greater Waterbury Collaborative

West Haven Sibling Group

Provides support to siblings of children with special needs.

  • Language: English
  • When: Evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: West Haven City Hall, Basement, West Haven, CT
  • Contact: Sarah Crowell & Tarsha Calloway, 203-390-0550
  • West Haven Collaborative

Kyzhon Experience

Understanding life through the life of a child.

  • Language: English
  • When: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Raphola Community Center, Bridgeport, CT
  • Contact: Maguena Adetona & Reuel Parks, 203-521-7953
  • Greater Bridgeport Collaborative

SEMSHOC YEG

Provides a safe place for youth with identified behavioral health challenges to come together for support.

  • Language: English
  • When: First Thursday of every month from 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: OPP, 309 Otrobando Avenue, Norwich, CT 06360
  • Contact: Trisha Jarrrett, Sherrie Parenteau (staff), Hanna Scanlon, Jasmine Rich (youth), 860-222-3257 or 860-761-7388
  • Southeast Collaborative

KHAIR

Contact facilitator for more information.

  • Language: English
  • When: Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Where: New Haven Public Library, 303 Washington Avenue, New Haven, CT
  • Contact: Tressa Spears Jackson, 203-949-4101 or Elvin Melendez, 203-949-4080
  • Hamden/No. Haven Collaborative

Youth Enrichment Program and Social Skills Support Group

Contact facilitator for more information.

  • Language: English
  • When: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • Where: Guilford Youth & Family Services, 36 Graves Avenue, Guilford, CT
  • Contact: Mike Kosko, 203-453-8047 ex.t 226
  • Shoreline Collaborative

Junior Next Steps

A group for children with special needs, bullied will receive peer support and engage in social activities.

  • Language: English
  • When: Every other Thursday from 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Where: JFK Middle School, Southington, CT
  • Contact: Carrie Foligno & Desiree Daigle, 860-302-6543
  • Greater Bristol/Farmington Valley Collaborative

Senior Next Steps

Group for children with special needs, bullied will receive peer support and engage in social activities (high school aged).

  • Language: English
  • When: Every other Thursday from 2:15-3:45 p.m.
  • Where: Southington High School, Southington, CT
  • Contact: Susan Barth, 860-628-3229 & Carrie Foligno, 860-302-6543
  • Greater Bristol/Farmington Valley Collaborative

Challenge to Victory

Contact facilitator for more information.

  • Language: English
  • When: Every 2nd Thursday of the month
  • Where: 30 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT
  • Contact: Che Elyse Okwu, 203-627-8734 & Calia Gaddis, 203-676-2349
  • New Haven Collaborative