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!

Circle of Hope

This is a group for parents who have children with behavioral health needs who want to network and receive support.

Advocacy Academy

Helping parents learn skills to appropriately advocate for their families.


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

Parent’s Pride

This group provide Parents/Caregivers of children of LGBTQIA youth a safe supportive place to share thoughts, feelings, information about their role as parents/caregivers.

Parents Supporting Each Other-Dayville

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

  • Language: English
  • When: 1st Wednesday of the month 6;30PM-8:00PM unless otherwise planned
  • Where: United Services, 1007 N Main St., Dayville, CT 06341
  • Contact: Lisa Girard
  • Tri-Collaborative


Youth Support Groups

Circle of Hope Youth

This is a group for YOUTH who are siblings to a child with behavioral health needs. Aimed at improving wellness and stress reduction.

Activity Group-NCCC

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

Brady’s Brigade

Welcomes all children with special needs with various activities and developing social skills.

Inspiration Youth

This is a group that provides support and encourages youth with behavioral, social, communication, or health challenges.

Empower Hour Girls Program

This group is for young ladies between ages 6-19 years of age. Empowerment group serving at risk youth from Hartford/Bloomfield to help them be successful in school and achieve their goals & dreams.

Kindness Kids

This group provides LGBTQIA youth with a safe and supportive place to share thoughts, feelings and information.

Perfectly Imperfekt

This group is to help youth gain insight into topics such as physical, mental health, self-esteem, trauma etc.

  • Language: English
  • When: Every Saturday from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Where: City of Hartford 550 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103
  • Contact: Taisha Blue 860-869-0987
  • Hartford/West Hartford System of Care

Junior Next Steps

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