Support Groups
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Adoption Support Group: This group is designed for adoptees and their families.  Support is offered for search and reunion mediation, adoption focused family counseling, parenting foster and  adopted children, intimate relationships, and traumatized  children. Group meets once a month at the Warrington Wegmans.  Group typically meets on the first Tuesday every month, but can vary.  For more information, please contact Robert Hafetz at roberthafetz@verizon.net

 

Cancer Support Group: Weekly support groups exist for adults and children who have cancer and occur in Allentown.  There is also a martial arts group for children with cancer.  There are monthly family friendly activities for families who are dealing with cancer.  These monthly activities vary and have included activities like watching movies and making Holiday gifts.  For more information, please contact Megan Post at 610-861-7555 ext. 23.


Childbirth and Parenting Preparation: This group focuses on motherhood, pain management, labor and delivery preparation, and infant care for teens and young adults who are expecting a newborn.  Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. from 9/22/15 through 12/8/15.  Classes are free of charge and are held at Grand View Hospital which is located at 700 Lawn Avenue, Sellersville, PA 18960.  For more information or to register, either visit CHCInfo.org or call 1-888-215-9770.

 

Family to Family Program:  Families, partners, friends, and significant others of adults living with a mental illness are invited to participate in a free, twelve session, educational program.  These courses are designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with a mental illness.  Courses in Doylestown will begin Wednesday evening, March 9, 2016.  Courses in Lower Bucks will begin on Thursday, March 10, 2016.  Location is to be determined.  To register, or for more information, call 1-866-399-6264 or visit www.namibuckspa.org

 

Family to Family Support Group: For any adult family member of a person age 18 and older with mental illness.  Group will be held on the 1st and 3rd Monday from 7:30 – 9:00 PM at

Crossing Community Church, 80 Silver Lake Rd., Newtown, PA.  For more information, call 1-866-399-6264 NAMI PA, Bucks County Chapter or www.nami.org

Family to Family Support Group: This group is for any adult family member of a person age 18 and older with mental illness.  Group is held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from7:00 – 8:30 PM

at Doylestown Mennonite Church which is located at 590 North Broad Street

Doylestown, PA  18901.  For more information, call 1-866-399-6264 NAMI PA, Bucks County Chapter or www.nami.org

Connection Group: This support group is for adults with mental illness, regardless of diagnosis.  Group is held the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Voice and Vision Office which is located at 600 Louis Drive, Suite 106, Warminster, PA  18974.

6:30 – 8:30 PM.  For more information, call 1-866-399-6264 NAMI PA, Bucks County Chapter. or visit www.nami.org

MY LIFE TOO– Parent Supporters Group: A group providing support, education and resources for parents, caregivers and other adult supporters of youth who have experience with mental health, substance abuse, foster care or juvenile justice issues; and who want to use their experience to help improve the systems that serve youth in Pennsylvania.This is a meeting for adults who have youth involved with MyLife BUCKS, caregivers of children ages 13-23 with multi-system involvement and will be scheduled concurrently with the MyLife meetings.  We will share our experience, resources and ideas.  For more information, call 1-866-399-6264 NAMI PA, Bucks County Chapter or visit www.nami.org.

MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment): This group is made up of youth between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice and foster care-related issues. Through regular meetings, special events and local and national workshops, presentations and performances, the group focuses on important issues affecting youth. EFerris@magellanhealth.com  For more information, call 1-866-399-6264 NAMI PA, Bucks County Chapter or visit www.nami.org.


Heads on Straight Brain Injury Support Group: Support group for parents of children with brain injuries.  Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Rehabilitation Center which is located at 1208 Newton-Langhorne Rd. Langhorne, PA 19047.  For more information, please contact Anne Sears at 215-208-0851.


Nicotine Anonymous: Offers support groups for those who would like to stop smoking.  Support groups can occur through support groups online or in person.  There are also phone support meetings.  For more information, please contact http://nicotine-anonymous.org/


Parent to Parent of Pennsylvania:  This group matches parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and caregivers of children and adults with special needs on a one-to-one basis.  This group also has support groups available. For more information, please call 888-727-2706 or visit their website at www.parenttoparent.org


Parent Support Group: This group provides parenting education and support on a weekly basis.  Topics covered include discipline of children, child development, and stress reduction as well as various other topics.  Snacks and childcare are provided during meetings.  Meeting occur every Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. at Bucks County Family Center which is located at 2 Canal’s End Rd. Suite 201G Bristol, PA.  For more information, contact Annie Wise at 215-757-6916 ext. 383.

 

Peer to Peer Program:  Adults with mental health challenges are invited to participate in a free, ten session course in an educational setting focused on recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement, and hope. This course is free and confidential, and is held once a week for two hours. Peer Mentors teaching the class are living in recovery themselves. These courses are available only to those living in Upper and Central Bucks. To register, contact Debbie Moritz at 1-866-399-6264 or email info@namibuckspa.org. For more information, visit www.namibuckspa.org. 


S.A.F.E.: Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment offers counseling to address abusive and violent behaviors that the child or family member has experienced.  Men’s and women’s groups are offered as well as individual and family sessions.  For more information, please call 215-750-7220.


Sibling Support Group: Group is for youth between the ages of 8 to 12 who are siblings of individuals with special needs to find peer support and build relationships in a welcoming and safe environment.  This group meets the second Friday of every month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 882 Jacksonville Rd. Suite 203 Ivyland, PA 18974.  If you are interested in signing up your youth or would like more information, please contact Michaela Smith at 1-888-442-1590 ext. 23 or msmith@accessservices.org.  There is no cost for group, however participants will be asked to bring enough money to cover the cost for events and activities.


Social Skills Opportunities Group: Group is for youth aged 6 through 17 who experience challenges with relating to peers in social settings.  Goals of group are to build on existing social skills, establish and experience positive relationships with other youth, and to transfer these skills to other environments including home, hobbies, or the community.  Groups are created throughout the year and run for 4 week cycles.  If you are interested in signing up your youth or would like more information, please contact Michaela Smith at 1-888-442-1590 ext. 23 or msmith@accessservices.org.  Group is provided free of charge.  However, a minimal activity fee may apply.  Scholarships may be available based on need.


Together as Adoptive Parents, Inc.:  The goals of TAP are to provide a social network with activities, advocate for adoptive and foster families, and to maintain a post adoption website and resource directory.  TAP also has local support groups.  To find the closest support group, contact them through their website http://pa.taplink.org


Young Parent Group: This is a fun monthly group for young moms and dads to get together, ask questions, and shared ideas.  Groups are offered at the following locations on a monthly basis:


Doylestown Hospital        1st Thursday     7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  

Children’s Village


Grand View Hospital       3rd Thursday     7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  

Lower Bucks Hospital      2nd Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  

Abington Hospital                   2nd Monday      6:30 – 8:30p.m..  

Norristown Public Library       1st Monday        6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  

Pottstown Medical Center      2nd Thursday   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


For help or to register, either visit CHCInfo.org or call 1-888-215-9770.


Mentoring Programs:


Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Bucks County:  This program matches a child with a mentor.  The mentor develops a meaningful relationship with the child and helps work on the child’s social and leadership skills.  For more information, please call (215) 343-8260 or visit www.bbbsbc.org



Family Friends Project: This program matches a child with a volunteer who can mentor the child.  The volunteer helps to resist family stress and isolation, increases youth self esteem, and promotes healthy relationships.  Volunteers visit with the child on a weekly basis.  For more information, please contact Dawn Hoopes at 1-800-770-4822 ext. 1442.


Kids in Care Project: This program is designed for children who are currently in residential treatment facilities.  An adult volunteer mentors the child and visits with the child on a weekly basis.  For more information on this program, please contact Dawn Hoopes at 1-800-770-4822 ext. 1442.


Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation: This agency connects children from age 10 to 18 to pursue their passions and interests in athletic, artistic, musical, and creative activities led by positive role models.  This program is available to low-income households and is located in Yardley, PA.  This agency hopes to make a significant difference in the lives of children by encouraging their dreams.  Families must provide transportation.  More information can be found which includes a registration on www.plantaseedfoundation.org

 
 
 
 
 
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Support groups featured, and on what page.
 

Parent & Family Support

PA Families Inc (Statewide Family Network)......1

PA Mentors Special Needs Support Group......1

Because I Love You (Parents of Children with Behavioral Issues.).....2

SIMCHA (Support for parent/kids with special needs)......2

Family Support Group (Parents with kids facing brain injury)......3

Sensory Integration Support Group......3

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance......4,5

Right to Education Task Force......5

NAMICAN (Parents of Children with Mental Health Issues)......7

L.I.F.E. (Parent Support Specialists)......7

CHADD Chapter of Bucks County (Support for A.D.D.)......8

Faith-Families Alltogether in Their Hopes Adoption Support......9

Vision For Equality Support Groups for Parents......10

Special Kids Network......13

Parent to Parent......13,14

Momstell (Parents of Children Involved in Drugs)......14,15

Joey Online Support (Behavioral Issues)......16

Governor's Commission For Children & Families......18

Parent Education Network......18

Attachment Disorder......23

Online Chat Support for Special Needs......25

Online Support for Special Needs......25

Pennsylvania Parents of Blind Children......26

Especially for Parents......27

 

Mental Health Support

Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania......18

Starfish Advocacy Association (Neurological Disorders)......19

Mentors of Self Determination......24

 

Education Support

PA Education for All Coalition Inc......15

PA Council for Exceptional Children......17

Education Law Center......17

Parent Education Network......18

Pennsylvania School Aged Child Care Alliance......22

Allentown Learning Center......25,26

 

Suicide & Death Support

Survivors of Suicide Support Group......1,2

Homicide Survivors Group......11,12

 
Assault Support

Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Assault......12

Significant Others/Partners/Loved Ones of Those Who Have Experienced Sexual Victimization......12,13

 
Tourette Syndrome Support

PA Tourette Syndrome Association......15

 
Drug & Alcohol Support

PRO-ACT (Family education programs for drug & alcohol)......4

Momstell (Parents of Children Involved in Drugs)......14,15

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Center for Excellence......20

 
Autism Support

Autism Support Network......5

Sharing & Caring of Bucks County (Autism/PDD/ADHD Support)......6

Networking for Family & Caregivers of Adults with Autism......6

Autism Spectrum Support......6,7

Online Support for Autism......7

Bucks County Autism Support Coalition......7

Families of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder......11

AutismLink......16

 

Disability Support

Disability Rights Network......21

 

Aspergers Support

SEAS Support Group (Support  & Education for Asperger's Syndrome)......6

 

Foster Care Support

PA State Foster Parent Association......8

Bucks County Foster Parent Support......9

PA State Foster Parent Association......23

 

Social & Emotional Support

Social Skills Group for Kids......10, 11

TeenCentral......22

 

Down Syndrome Support

Bucks County Down Syndrome Interest Group......11

Ups & Downs & All Around (Down Syndrome & Special Needs)......11

 
Blind & Deaf Support

Pennsylvania Client Assistance Program......19

Pennsylvania Parents of Blind Children......26

PA Office for The Deaf & Hard of Hearing......27

PA Partnership for the Blind......27

PA Society for the Advancement of Deaf......27

 
Brain Injury Support

Brian Injury Assocation of PA......22

Acquired Brain Injury Network of PA......23

 
Other

Kids Together Inc......14

Pennsylvania Health Law Project......17

Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission......20

Office of Vocational Rehabilition......20

Selective Mutism Sites......24

Elk's Home Nurse Program......24

March of Dimes......27,28

Spina Bifida Association......28

 

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