Perinatal & Parenting
Families of Color Seattle
About: “The opportunities to connect with so many families of color, experience parenting together, and talking about real social issues that impact our children was phenomenal.”
MAIA PEPS Groups for LGBTQ Families
About: MAIA has partnered with PEPS to offer facilitated peer-based parent support groups specifically focused for LGBTQ+ families, including a modified curriculum for their meeting discussion topics. MAIA PEPS groups are provided with the same queer-centered, gender inclusive approach as with all of MAIA services.
Read this interview with MAIA founder Kristin Kali about supporting new families
Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
About: "PEPS has become well-known for parent support groups in Seattle, the Eastside and Snohomish County that help new parents gain confidence and competence in their parenting skills."
Financial Assistance: "PEPS is committed to serving every family who wants to participate in a PEPS Group. Financial assistance typically covers between 20%-99% of program fees. Contact Cari Morales for the financial assistance form."
NICU and Preemie Parent Support Group - Hosted by Seattle Children's
Seattle Parents of Preemies is a peer-led support group for parents of preemies and infants that experienced a prolonged NICU stay. Through in-person and online meetings, our group offers members community, support and education on topics relating to prematurely born and medically fragile children. Our members come from all Seattle regional area NICUs and we welcome families desiring support, even those living outside of Washington state.
Parent/Caregiver Coffee Hours - Sponsored by Seattle Children's Family Resource Center in partnership with Seattle Ronald McDonald House
The goal of the Parent/Caregiver Coffee Hours is to give parents of children staying at the hospital an opportunity to take a break from their child’s bedside and take care of themselves for a bit. We provide coffee and snacks, but – even more importantly – a safe space to connect with other parents and find support during what can be an incredibly stressful time. The coffee hours take place weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Family Resource Center, which is located on level 7, River zone, by the Frog elevators.
For more information, email Kaarin Stowell, operations manager, or call her at 1-206-838-0609. At the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, we support seriously ill children and their families. In addition to providing housing, we offer essential amenities and a support system of caring volunteers, staff and other families facing the challenges of caring for a seriously ill child.
Parent Support Program - Sponsored by Seattle Children's
The Parent Support Program (PSP) offers families of children with special health needs a way to connect with an experienced volunteer parent who has been through a similar situation with their own child. Parent "matches" are made with the intention of providing emotional, practical and informational support.
Solace for Mothers - Online Community for Mother's Healing Birth Trauma
About: "For women who have experienced birth trauma. The creators of our discussion board would like you to know that you are not alone. Other women have felt traumatized, deeply disappointed, or even violated by their birth experiences. Birth trauma is very real. We are here to offer you an online meeting place to share and connect with other women who have had similar experiences, and a place for you to begin your healing journey."
Solace for Mothers - Online Community for Mother's Advocates and Supporters of Women with Birth Trauma
About: "This Yahoo! group will provide a safe landing space for family, friends, and professionals to discuss their own experiences following unexpected birth outcomes. In addition, birth advocates are invited to contemplate the state of birth at this time in history, hopes for the future, and strategies for supporting among our most precious community members: mothers and their infants. Mothers are also welcome to this group, which is much more public in nature than the private Solace forum they can also enjoy."
Perinatal Support of Washington
Address: PO Box 15535 Seattle, Wa 98115
Toll-Free Peer Support Line: 1-888-404-7763
Services: "Supporting families impacted by Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and psychosis that can affect anyone, regardless of age, culture, or income level"
The Early Days
About: "You are not alone! All parents (birth, adoptive, foster) of infants 0-12 months-old and toddlers 1-4 years old who experience challenges are welcome. Come join a circle of parents that are having similar feelings and challenges! Support people and partners welcome!"
About: "The following outline is a systematic approach to help women who have given birth, miscarried, or adopted and who are encountering problems to these major life-changes. They can work for every member of the family because they are based on common sense."
Loss & Grief
Journey Program - Sponsored by Seattle Children's
Seattle Children's Journey Program is for any family who has experienced the death of a child. The Journey Program provides support to help families cope with death, loss and the grieving process. Our support groups for adults are facilitated by trained and caring staff.
Parent Support (PS) - Hosted at Seattle Children's
This parent-led group provides support for anyone who has experienced the loss of a child through stillbirth, miscarriage or newborn death. PS groups are led by trained parent volunteers from the community who themselves have experienced the loss of a baby. PS groups are offered throughout the Puget Sound area, including one held at Seattle Children's Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m. PS also has a "Pregnancy After Loss" group that meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
API Chaya - Support group for People of color (including mixed race and adoptees) of all genders who are survivors of sexual assault/sexual abuse
About: "API Chaya works to build power primarily in Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander communities through community organizing and direct services." Free, after a screening. "This 10-week, closed psycho-educational group will incorporate creative approaches to healing using various mediums of art and expression. There will also be educational components focused on deepening our understanding of sexual violence and trauma, as well as skill-building around coping with triggers, self-care, sexuality, and relationships."
Phone: Angeli at 1-206-467-9976 ext: 304
Seattle Counseling Service Support Groups
CONNEXIONS - Mondays 6-7:30pm
About: "Connexions is an open group for QTPOC (queer and trans people of color). It is a space for making connections, healing, processing, and sharing resources."
INGERSOLL ALL TRANS SUPPORT GROUP - Wednesdays 7-9PM
About: "A Support group run by Ingersoll Gender Center to support transgender people, genderqueer, trans* and gender variant people and the people who support them."