Region 4

Asperger Parents/Grandparents Support Group (Old Saybrook – Region 4)

The Asperger Parents/Grandparents Support Group meets on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 and August 20, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services located at 322 Main Street in Old Saybrook.  The group is open to residents of Old Saybrook and surrounding towns.  For more information or to register, call Old Saybrook Youth and Family Services at 860-395-3190.

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) Support Groups (Statewide)

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) facilitates support groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum and families members throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.autismconnecticut.org/find-local-support-group, email info@autismconnecticut.org or call 203-265-7717.

Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC) (Statewide)

CT Down Syndrome Congress is a special interest group that advocates for persons with Down Syndrome and their families. The group is comprised of over 350 parents, numerous professionals and over 20 advocacy groups statewide. They provide support to members through their annual convention, by co-sponsoring conferences for parents and professionals andby  hosting numerous local and state-wide activities (e.g. picnics, playgroups, mom’s night outs, holiday parties, etc.). For more information call 888-486-8537 or visit their website at www.ctdownsyndrome.org.

Connecticut Family Support Network (Statewide)

The Connecticut Family Support Network holds monthly meetings in various areas.    For more information, please contact the following:

Executive Director: Tesha Imperati  203-710-3041  timperati@ctfsn.org

North Region: Amy McCoy  860-430-9370  amccoy@ctfsn.org

Southeast Region: April Dipollina 860-271-4371 adipollina@lmhosp.org

North Central Region: Pam Scott-Ashe 860-548-9959 pscottashe@afcamp.org

Northeast Region: Heather Graveline 860-546-9289 hgraveline@ctfsn.org

South Central Region: Deborah Pagano-Finkle 203-430-0242  dpagano@ctfsn.org

West Region: Trish Butler 203-826-9739  tbutler@ctfsn.org

Southwest Region: Trish Butler 203-826-9739  tbutler@ctfsn.org

Bi-Lingual Family Support: Maggy Morales 860-679-1527  mmorales@ctfsn.org

Deaf and HH Advocacy Coordinator: Patti Silva 860-529-7766  psilva@ctfsn.org

Connecticut Family Support Network – Southeastern CT (New London – Region 4)

The Southeast area support group for parents of children with any disability and/or special health care needs, meets on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 3 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital  located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut. They share frustrations, solutions and leave feeling just a little stronger. The group also offers workshops and trainings and  provide a constant update of information for people with disabilities in Connecticut. The group does not meet in July or August. For more information please contact April Dipollina at: 860-271-4371 or email her at adipollina@lmhosp.org.

Connecticut Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing (Statewide)

The Department of Social Services Aging Services Division offers a comprehensive listing of support groups for grandparent caregivers in Connecticut.  View the listing on their website to find contact information for each support group: Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

Creative Housing Workgroup (Old Saybrook – Region 4)

The Creative Housing Workgroup is a group of proactive parents, caregivers and self-advocates who are working together to find solutions, supports and creative residential options for people with disabilities.  The group meets the second Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.  For more information, visit www.ctfsn.org or contact April Dipollina at adipollina@lmhosp.org or 860-271-4371 or Lauralyn Lewis at lauralynlewis@sbclgobal.net.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Groton- Region 4)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT invites parents and adults with epilepsy, to join them on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview located at 235 Lestertown Road in Groton, Connecticut. For more information please contact Allison at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 860-346-1924 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Families Supporting Families (Waterford – Region 4)

Families Supporting Families is a support and information group for parents of children, youth and young adults with mental health challenges.  The group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Waterford Country School, SAFE Home, located at 947 Vauxhaul Street Extension in Waterford, Connecticut.  Parents are invited to bring their children for activities and light refreshments.  For more information, or to RSVP, contact 860-265-6302.  The meeting is held after the Southeast Mental Health System of Care (SEMHSOC) Family Advisory Board meeting which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.    For more information about SEMHSOC, contact Jill Coffin at 860-822-4176.

Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) (Statewide)

The mission of the Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) is to build a strong, collaborative support team for parents of children who live with food allergies.  FAST meets monthly for mutual support and practical advice, occasionally hosts guest speakers, advocates for children and educates the local community.  For more information about meetings, please contact FAST by phone at 860-265-3122, by email admin@justbreathect.com or online at www.justbreathect.com.

Hearts, Hands and Homes Parent Support Group (Groton- Region 4)

This parent support group is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children.  Parents are encouraged to come together to discuss common concerns and build a network of support.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Groton City Fire Department located at 416 Benham Road in Groton, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Hearts, Hands and Homes Community Collaborative. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana at alana@hhhct.org.

NAMI Support Group (Niantic – Region 4)

The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Child and Adolescent Network) support group for families of individuals with psychiatric disabilities meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month (except July and December) in the Church Hall at St. Agnes Church in Niantic.   For more information please contact Joan Lazar at 860-739-8822 or joan.lazar@snet.net.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association, CT Chapter (Statewide)

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association provides a variety of support groups to people suffering from spinal cord injuries throughout the state of Connecticut. Their support groups allow individuals the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics with other people who also have a spinal cord injury. Support group meetings are held at many area hospitals and independent living centers throughout the state. Support groups are organized and run by NSCIA CT Chapter member volunteers.  For support group locations, dates and times please visit www.sciact.org/support_grp.asp.

Parent Partnership (Guilford- Region 4)

Parent Partnership is a shoreline support group for families of children with special needs. This group meets on the first and third Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Women and Family Life Center, 96 Fair Street in Guilford, Connecticut. The group also meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at SARAH, Inc., located at 51 Boston Post Road in Madison, Connecticut. Child care is provided. Parents share ideas, concerns and information related to providing the best support and environment for their children. Educational materials and resources are available. This group provides a great opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and have fun. The group is facilitated by Deborah Pagano of the CT Family Support Network. For more information, or to register please contact Kathy Fadel of the KIDSTEPS Family and Children’s Center at 203-453-7592 ext.2 or kidsteps-fcc@sarah-inc.org.

Shoreline CT Down Syndrome Support Group  (Madison – Region 4)

The Shoreline CT Down Syndrome Support Group is a casual and relaxed support group of individuals who share a common bond as parents, siblings and friends of children with Down Syndrome. They gather informally and periodically to discuss current issues and support each other. For more information, please contact Ellen Nixon at 203-421-3591 or by email at rmancuso02@snet.net.

Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Waterford – Region 4)

Waterford Youth Services hosts this group which meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.  Free dinner and childcare are provided.  For more information, contact Waterford Youth Services at 860-444-5848.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Connecticut Chapter (Statewide)

TACA CT aims to support families affected by autism by hosting educational meetings on various topics, informal coffee talks and fun family outings. TACA CT provides a supportive community, as well as information on a wide range of treatments and programs so parents can help their children with autism thrive, reach their highest potential, and improve their quality of life.  The group is open to families affected by autism, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing disorders.  For more information visit www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/connecticut.

“Think Differently” Support Group (Killingworth – Region 4)

The “Think Differently” Support Group is for parents and caregivers of explosive/implosive children.  The group is run by a Think Kids certified mentor and focuses on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except during the summer) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Killingworth Library located at 301 Route 81.  For more information, visit www.thinkkids.org or contact Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed. at divinna@comcast.net or 860-876-0236.

Youth Service Bureaus (Statewide)

Youth Service Bureaus offer a network of resources and opportunities for children, youth and their families with the goal of helping youth to develop positively and to function as responsible members of their communities.  Many Youth Service Bureaus offer programs such as parent support groups, play groups, and social skills groups. To find the Youth Service Bureau  closest to you, visit the CT Youth Services Association website: www.ctyouthservices.org/Find_A_YSB.

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