by Boston Parents Paper
Criterion Child Enrichment – www.criterionchild.com
Sponsors a Healthy Families newborn home visiting program with locations in Framingham and Milford, and offers resources for childcare and early intervention.
Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts – 617-474-1143; www.familynurturing.org
Offers free play groups and monthly workshops for families with infants up to age 4, in Allston/Brighton, Dorchester and Roslindale.
First Connections – 978-287-0221; www.firstconnections.org
Parenting groups; support groups for parents of multiples, single parents and older moms; and seminars and referrals for parents of kids through age 4. Based in Concord.
Jewish Family & Children’s Service – 781-647-5327; www.jfcsboston.org/CERS
Offers free support groups and home visiting for parents of babies, as well as therapeutic support for parents struggling in their adjustment to parenthood.
La Leche League Alliance for Breastfeeding Education – www.llleus.org
Breastfeeding support for new mothers.
Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund – 617-727-8957; www.mctf.org
Provides parenting tips and resources.
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – www.mspcc.org
Adoption, counseling, medical services, childcare and more for at-risk kids, parents and families.
MOMS Offering Moms Support® (MOMS Club®) – www.momsclub.org
Support groups helping at-home moms in the Boston area to connect.
MotherWoman – 413-387-0703; www.motherwoman.org
Support groups for expectant and new moms, based in Hadley.
National At-Home Dad Network – www.athomedad.org
Support and activities for stay-at-home dads.
Parental Stress Line – 800-632-8188; www.parentshelpingparents.org
This 24-hour call line is staffed by Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts, providing a supportive ear for parents. Parents support groups are also offered by staff and volunteers.
Parent Connection – 617-667-2229; www.bidmc.org/parentconnection
The Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers free support groups for parents and babies under age 1 in the Greater Boston area.
Social Work Therapy Referral Service – 617-720-2828; www.therapymatcher.org
This service of the National Association of Social Workers (www.naswma.org) offers free referrals for individuals, couples and family therapy.
The Freedman Center for Child and Family Development – 617-244-4636; www.mspp.edu/community/freedman-center
The Freedman Center of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychologists offers support for mental health concerns and wellness needs. Based in Newton.