Resource and Referral offers a variety of child care resources to the community, such as child care referrals, resources for assessing the quality of child care services, workshops, and a lending library that offers age-appropriate activities, toys and parenting resources.
Support Groups & Parent Ed
Counselor specializing in therapy for gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie’s experience with her own gifted children lends itself as a resource in helping families overcome the challenges of raising a gifted child. In addition to working with the gifted, she treats all life issues, and is certified to facilitate SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) parent groups.
New Parent Support Groups, Workshops for New Dads & Breastfeeding Education Support through MOMS Orange County
Three free programs: Mommy and Me and My Parents & Me groups for ages 3-17 months. Workshop for New Dads where fathers-to-be learn baby-care basics from veteran dads. And, classes and support groups for women who plan to breastfed or are breastfeeding. No cost. English and Spanish.
Professional, cost-effective services, including Solutions for Parents program: the establishment and enforcement of child support orders through exclusive enforcement tools, establishment of legal paternity through genetic testing, and complete account maintenance.
Special monthly events provide parents with important resources to help them stay on track of their child’s healthy development, such as monthly Baby Steps through the City, Way-to-Play Days and Good To Go Parent Workshops.
Workshops for parents-to-be that provide a space for rookie dads to talk to veteran dads, and rookie moms to talk to veteran moms.
Columbia Pediatrics physicians answer questions and discuss feeding options for new and seasoned moms and their newborns.
Doulas are trained professionals who provide physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. The websites listed offer resources to find a doula in your area.
Programs and services for LGBTQ community members and allies. Counseling, support groups, and more available.
Meetup is a platform for finding and building local communities. Great for parents to plan and meetup for support groups, playdates and more. Visit their website at www.meetup.com and search key terms like “Dad’s Group”, “Mommy and me”, or anything else you’re looking to connect over.
MOMS Club – Play groups, Moms’ Night Out, cooking clubs, community service and field trips. Find a chaper near you at www.momsclub.org.
MOMS Orange County offers home visits and group classes to promote healthier mothers and babies. From prenatal care to education classes, you can find different resources for support all the way up until baby’s first birthday.
MOPS groups give mothers a chance to connect with other moms, while their kids have the opportunity to make new friends. Groups are organized for those expecting, or with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. School-age programs are available through MOMSnext. This group is designed for moms with older kids who still seek connection and community.
Multiple organizations that provide resources, support groups and more for parents of multiples.
Postnatal education and support groups are organized by your baby’s birth month so you can meet other moms in the same exact phase. Visit their site at thenewmomschool.com for class schedule and pricing.
Parents without partners the largest international, nonprofit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents may join one of the many chapter around the US and Canada; they may be male or female, custodial or non-custodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never married. Tools and resources can be found online as well as at local chapters in your area.
Most districts offer adult schools that provide parent education and/or resource centers that offer classes, programs and materials for parents and families. Call your local district for referrals.
The following organizations offer help and support for kids and teens who are loosing or have lost a loved one.