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PEP (Postpartum Education for Parents)

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.

Write:

P.E.P.

P.O. Box 261

Santa Barbara, CA 93116

Voice: 805-564-3888 (8am-8pm PST)

Website: http://www.sbpep.org

E-mail: pepboard@sbpep.org

Verified: 2/12/2013

Parents Anonymous, Inc.

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.

Write:

Parents Anonymous, Inc.

675 W. Foothill Blvd. #220

Claremont, CA 91711-3475

Voice: 909-621-6184

Fax: 909-625-6304

Website: http://www.parentsanonymous.org

E-mail: parentsanonymous@parentsanonymous.org

Verified: 2/12/2013

GAP (Grandparents As Parents)

Model. 19 groups throughout LA county. Founded 1987. Support network, educational information, 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.

Write:

GAP

22048 Sherman Way #217

Canoga Park, CA 91303

Voice: 818-264-0880

Fax: 818-264-0882

Website: http://www.grandparentsasparents.org

E-mail: madelyn@grandparentsasparents.org

Verified: 1/15/2013

Mothers and More

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.

Write:

Mothers and More

P.O. Box 31

Elmhurst, IL 60126

Voice: 630-941-3553

Fax: 630-941-3551

Website: http://www.mothersandmore.org

E-mail: nationaloffice@mothersandmore.org

Verified: 2/12/2013

MOPS, International (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers)

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.

Write:

MOPS, International

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)

Fax: 303-733-5770

Website: http://www.mops.org

E-mail: info@mops.org

Verified: 1/9/2013

MOMS Club

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).

Write:

MOMS Club

1464 Madera Road N191

Simi Valley, CA 93065

Website: http://www.momsclub.org

E-mail: momsclub@aol.com

Verified: 2/12/2013

Parent Empowerment Network

Online. Founded 1996. E-mail support group for parents with disabilities.

Website: http://www.disabledparents.net

Verified: 1/16/2013

NATHHAN (National Challenged Homeschoolers)

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.

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NATHHAN

P.O. Box 310

Moyie Springs, ID 83845

Voice: 208-267-6246

Website: http://www.nathhan.com

E-mail: nathanews@aol.com

Verified: 2/12/2013

National Association of Mothers' Centers

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.

Write:

Nat'l. Assoc. of Mothers' Centers

1740 Old Jericho Turnpike

Jericho, NY 11756

Voice: 1-877-939-6667 or 516-939-6667

Fax: 516-750-5365

Website: http://www.motherscenter.org

E-mail: info@motherscenter.org

Verified: 1/15/2013

Mocha Moms, Inc.

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.

Write:

Mocha Moms, Inc.

P.O. Box 1995

Upper Marlboro, MD 20773

Voice: 1-877-456-7667

Fax: 301-805-8147

Website: http://www.mochamoms.org

E-mail: nationaloffice@mochamoms.org

Verified: 1/9/2013

Attachment Parenting International

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.

Write:

Attachment Parenting International

P.O. Box 4615

Alpharetta, GA 30022

Voice: 1-800-850-8320

Website: http://www.attachmentparenting.org

E-mail: info@attachmentparenting.org

Verified: 1/15/2013

Holistic Moms Network

National. Chapters across the US. 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.

Write:

Holistic Moms

P.O. Box 408

Caldwell, NJ 07006

Voice: 1-877-465-6667

Website: http://www.holisticmoms.org

E-mail: info@holisticmoms.org

Verified: 1/15/2013

GrandsPlace

Online. Support for grandparents who are parenting children. Website includes chat-rooms, message boards and resources.

Write:

GrandsPlace

154 Cottage Road

Enfield, CT 06082

Website: http://grandsplace.org

E-mail: kathy@grandsplace.org

Verified: 2/12/2013

Parentless Parents Support Group

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.

Website: http://www.allisongilbert.com

Verified: 2/14/2013

Young Mommies Homesite

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.

Website: http://www.youngmommies.com

Verified: 2/14/2013

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