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National. Founded 1969. Country's oldest child abuse prevention organization. Opportunity for parents to learn new skills, transform their attitudes and behaviors and create lasting changes in their lives. Group meetings offer structured children's programs. Helps to develop new community groups by providing training, technical assistance, materials and networking.
Parents Anonymous, Inc.
675 W. Foothill Blvd. #220
Claremont, CA 91711-3475
Model. 1 group in California. Founded 1977. Volunteer-run group that provides emotional peer support for parents. Helps parents adjust to the changes in their lives that a baby brings. Education on basic infant care and parent adjustment. Phone help. Group development guidelines.
P.O. Box 261
Santa Barbara, CA 93116
Voice: 805-564-3888 (8am-8pm PST)
Model. 17 groups throughout LA county. Founded 1987. Support network, sharing of experiences and feelings between grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising their grandchildren for various reasons. Phone support, networking, advocacy, social activities, group member listings, emergency assistance, information and referrals. Assistance in starting similar groups.
22048 Sherman Way #217
Canoga Park, CA 91303
National. 180 chapters. Founded 1987. Support and advocacy for women who have altered their career paths to care for their children at home. It is not about opposing mothers who work outside the home; rather it is about respecting, supporting and advocating for choice in how one combines working and parenting. Provides ongoing support for a woman's personal needs and interests with regard to active parenting. Also advocates for public and employment policies that accommodate stay-at-home mothers. Newsletter and chapter development guidelines.
Mothers and More
P.O. Box 31
Elmhurst, IL 60126
International. 3600 affiliated groups. Founded 1973. Offers a non-denominational Christian support group for mothers with children from infancy to 6 schoolage. MOPS groups meet in churches throughout the U.S., Canada and 32 other countries. Provides assistance in starting local groups.
2370 South Trenton Way
Denver, CO 80231
Voice: 1-800-929-1287 or 303-733-5353 (group referrals); 1-888-910-6677 (to start a MOPS group)
International. 2000+ affiliated groups. Founded 1983. Mutual support for mothers-at-home. Groups provide at-home mothers of children of all ages emotional and moral support, as well as a wide variety of activities. Provides assistance in starting and maintaining or locating chapters through local coordinators (enclose $2 to cover postage).
1464 Madera Road N191
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social-disorder) National. 60 affiliated groups in 17 states. Founded 1989. Grassroots organization of fathers aimed at fighting gang and drug-related violence. Provides family and community activities and leadership, community education and mobilization, speaking engagements regarding goals and objectives and chapter formation. They present themselves as 'surrogate fathers' who listen to and care about street teens. National signature program: Neighborhood Street Mentoring Patrols. Members provide assistance in starting chapters in hard-to-reach neighborhoods. Also, groups for kids, mothers and grandparents.
MAD DADS, Inc.
P.O. Box 8980
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Online. Founded 1996. E-mail support group for parents with disabilities.
National network. Founded 1990. Christian, non-profit organization encouraging families with special needs, particularly those who home educate. Bi-annual magazine, family phone book, phone support, program for parents of special need pre-borns, information and referrals. Donations accepted.
P.O. Box 310
Moyie Springs, ID 83845
National. 30 sites. Founded 1975. Support, local discussion groups, activities regarding parenting, pregnancy, childbirth and work/life issues. National newsletter, e-news, local newsletters, conferences and advocacy. Has up-to-date information on contacting local Mothers' Center (NAMC) programs and starting a center.
Nat'l. Assoc. of Mothers' Centers
1740 Old Jericho Turnpike
Jericho, NY 11756
Voice: 1-877-939-6667 or 516-939-6667
National. 160+ local groups. Founded 1979. Support, education and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered parents and prospective parents. Families welcome. Information and referrals, phone support, family events, literature and newsletter. Assistance in starting groups.
Family Equality Council
P.O. Box 206
Boston, MA 02133
National. 100+ affiliated groups. Founded 1997. Provides support for stay-at-home mothers of color. Sponsors weekly support group meetings, monthly moms-only events, on-going community service and volunteer opportunities. Dues $40/year. Bulletins, information, assistance with starting local chapters and referrals to existing groups.
Mocha Moms, Inc.
P.O. Box 1995
Upper Marlboro, MD 20773
International. Founded 1994. Promotes parenting practices that create strong, healthy emotional bonds between parents and their child. Dues $35/yr. Offers support group referrals, newsletter, advocacy, literature, information and referrals.
Attachment Parenting International
P.O. Box 4615
Alpharetta, GA 30022
International. Chapters across the US and Canada. Founded 2003. Purpose is to provide support, awareness and education for holistic parenting. Provides a nurturing, open-minded and respectful community for parents to share these ideals. Encourages moms and dads to parent naturally and educate themselves about alternative health, mindful parenting and natural healing. Assists persons in starting new chapters.
P.O. Box 408
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Online. Support for grandparents who are parenting children. Website includes chat-rooms, message boards and resources.
154 Cottage Road
Enfield, CT 06082
National. 15 groups. Founded 2010. Provides opportunities for those who lost both parents before or soon after they themselves became parents. Sharing of issues and concerns as they raise their own children. Provides information on local face-to-face support groups as well as opportunities to share online. Based in large part upon the book 'Parentless Parents', by Allison Gilbert.
National. Provides help to fathers in building strong families by becoming more involved in the lives of their children. Annual father's conference, speakers' bureau, parenting workshops, online blog and more.
Partnership for Dads
1001 Fairfax Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
Online. Community support for parents, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with parental alienation syndrome.
Online. Support for young moms and pregnant women in their teens and twenties. Message board forums, chatroom, articles, due date calculator, teen pregnancy stats and stories, freebies and helpful resources.
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