Editor’s Note: While all attempts have been made to make these lists as accurate as possible, times and program availability may be subject to change. Please check information in advance to avoid disappointment.
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• Breastfeeding Support Group meets weekly at Baldwin Park I, 18 Alfred St., Woburn. Call Winchester Hospital’s Outpatient Lactation Center at 781-756-4788.
• Cohasset/Scituate/Norwell La Leche League holds monthly meeting for mothers and pregnant woman seeking support for breastfeeding. 781-544-6226; 781-544-9230.
• La Leche League of Belmont offers information and support to mothers in Belmont and surrounding communities. 617-489-7770 or 781-641-2369.
• La Leche League of Beverly and Peabody meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10am at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 32 Ellsworth Road, Peabody and discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, weaning and nutrition and more. llleus.org
• La Leche League of Lexington meets twice a month to support breastfeeding mothers. Contact Francesca 781-862-4762 or Ann Marie 781-863-1689.
• La Leche League of Greater Marlborough helps mothers and mothers-to-be with all aspects of breastfeeding. Call 508- 624-0833, 978-443-0766, 978-443-2548, 508-460-1808.
• La Leche League of Silver Lake offers information, encouragement, mother-to-mother support and education. Children are welcome. 781-582-1187;llleus.org/web/SilverLakeMa.html.
• Winchester Hospital Nursing Mothers’ Group welcomes mothers and babies. Bring all questions about breastfeeding and being a new mother. 781-756-4788.
• ChildCare Choices of Boston (CCCB) refers parents to licensed childcare providers in the city and supplies information and advice about the types of childcare to help determine whether a family qualifies for state assistance. 617-542-5437.
• Child Care Resource Center, Inc. provides accurate information about quality, affordable childcare available to parents from all walks of life. Serving Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Watertown, Wellesley and Weston. 617-547-1063; ccrcinc.org.
• At-Home Dad Network is a group of at-home dads offering support for fathers who stay home to parent. Playgroups, activities and affiliations with other At-Home Dad Networks worldwide. To join an At-Home Dad group or start one of your own, visit athomedad.com or contact founder Peter Baylies at email@example.com.
• Fatherhood Kit is a program sponsored by the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund. Fathers receive a kit that offers parenting tips and a list of resources for dads, such as parenting groups and play groups. To receive a FREE kit, call 888-775-4KID (4543).
• Fathers and Families is an advocacy group that seeks shared parenting for the children of divorced and never-married parents with equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers. fathersandfamilies.org.
GENERAL PARENTING SUPPORT
• The Allston Brighton Family Network offers free programs to support Allston-Brighton families with newborns through 4 years old. 617-474-1143.
• Bedford Family Connection (BFC) is a volunteer-run community organization that provides child and family events, parent workshops, a drop-in playroom and help with starting playgroups for families with children ages 0-5. kidsplaybedford.com/bfc.html.
• Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly, offers a variety of parent support groups, including groups for mothers with babies of various ages, for teen and young mothers, for young fathers and for those who have suffered infant loss. 978-927-9103.
• Boston After School and Beyond provides information and resources for parents to help decide where their children will spend their time outside of school. The Web site gives lists of programs and information on how to choose the right one. bostonbeyond.org.
• Cambridge Family and Children’s Service offers MAPP (Massachusetts Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) Training to all who are interested in becoming foster parents or adoptive parents in Massachusetts. Call Jessica Johnson, the Family Resource Developer, at 617-876-4210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Canton Parent Advisory Council For Student Services is a special needs support group for Canton families. 781-821-5631.
• Carlisle Parents Connection organizes events, playgroups, parent support groups and other programs for parents of children ages 0-5.
• City-Wide Dialogues on Boston’s Ethnic and Racial Diversity facilitates discussions between Boston residents. The project’s goal is to engage Bostonians in candid, respectful discussions and to increase understanding and build new trust and friendships. For information or to register, go to BostonDialogues.org or call 617-442-4519, ext. 263.
• COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) provides support and community for children of lesbian and gay parents, and sponsors many discussion groups, gatherings and family events. alternativefamilies.org.
• Concord Family Network offers family events, playground get-togethers, a book club and playgroups for families with children ages 0-8.concordfamilynetwork.org.
• Counseling Referrals: The Social Work Therapy Referral Service offers free, confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy. Matches are made based on specialty, location and insurance. A public service of the National Association of Social Workers. 617-720-2828 or 800-242-9794.
• Families First offers workshops for parents at community sites in Boston, Cambridge, Dorchester, Lexington, Newton, Peabody, Waltham and Westford. Topics include discipline, communication, self-esteem, ages and stages, family dynamics, school issues and more. Families First will also do a workshop for your group. 617-868-7687.
• Family Connection of Greater Lowell, Inc. is a nonprofit parent volunteer group that provides information, friendship, fun, support and recreation to parents of young children in the Greater Lowell area. The organization offers a twice-weekly playgroup, a newsletter, field trips, family outings and outreach programs. Membership, $30. 978-250-3803.
• Family Network offers support, resources and information to parents, teachers and daycare providers, as well as workshops and consulting. 978-468-1198.
• First Connections serves parents of children up to age 4 with parenting groups, single parent activities, seminars, family social events, parenting education, resources and referrals. Community Agencies Building, Suite 1009, 111 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord. 978-287-0221.
•Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) invites gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders and their parents and families to join us for an evening of conversation, sharing, support and connection. Greater Boston PFLAG has nine regional support group meetings including Arlington, Boston, Cape Ann, Concord, Dorchester, Easton, Fall River, Metrowest, and Reading. For meeting dates and more information call 781-891-5966 or go tohttp://www.gbpflag.org/SupportGroups
• Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC) in Salem provides services and support to women on the North Shore. 978-744-6841; helpabusedwomen.org.
• The Immigrant Mom Support Group, offered by the Malden Family Network, 110 Pleasant St. in Malden, is an opportunity to connect with other women with similar experiences while learning about parenting, self-esteem and the challenges of living in the U.S. Meetings are held Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm or 6-7:30pm. 781-322-2277.
• Infancy to Independence (I to I) is a cooperative playgroup in Waltham that offers groups 9-11:30am. $50 semester; additional siblings $10. Contactadmissions@itoi-ma.org or 781-207-0371.
• InSight Education Center provides a variety of services for parents, teachers, childcare providers and anyone who lives, works or interacts with children. Services include monthly parent/teacher workshops, on-site presentations and training, private consultations, family coaching and more. 781-294-8004.
• J Babies, a program of the North Suburban Jewish Community Center, 83 Pine St., West Peabody, meets Fridays, 10-11:30am. Moms, dads and caregivers of infants ages 0-12 months meet to ask questions, share concerns and enjoy camaraderie. FREE. nsjcc.org.
• Jewish Family & Children’s Service offers a variety of free parent support groups, including drop-in groups for moms and babies, a postpartum adjustment support group and a support group for new fathers. 781-647-JFCS (5327).
• Lincoln Family Association offers a toddler drop-in play center, a middle school drop-in center and special events for children, adults and families. lincfam.org.
• Marlborough Area Newcomers and Neighbors (MANN) offers playgroups, Ladies Nights Out, and various clubs for people in the Greater Marlborough area. 508-481-5689; marlboroughnewcomers.com.
• Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund provides funding, training and programs to help prevent child abuse and neglect. 617-727-8957;
• Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care offers child care, residential services and adoption information. 617-988-6600; eec.state.ma.us.
• The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children provides individual and group services for families, children and adults. 800-442-3035.
•Mom Knows Best Education Support Series meets every other Friday, from 10-11:15am at Mamas Move, 45 Pond St., Norwell. Facilitated by a registered nurse, lactation consultant and holistic therapist, the group discusses postpartum care issues such as sleep, co-parenting, safety, development and more. 781-616-6244;mamasmove.org.
• New Babies/New Moms Free Support Group allows parents of babies up to six months old meet other mothers and provides the opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and receive information. Sessions take place at WarmLines, 225 Nevada St., Newton. Call for dates. Register online at warmlines.org or call 617-244-INFO.
• North Suburban Family Network, a program of Hallmark Health, offers play groups, educational programs and drop-in play times to families in Melrose, Reading, North Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Woburn and surrounding towns. 781-662-2722.
• NRC Family Network – serving families with children under 4 in Abington, Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Hanover, Hanson, Raynham, Rockland and Whitman – offers a variety of FREE parenting support groups, workshops and events for parents and families. 781-681-9736.
• Parent Talk provides parent education programs, a newsletter, playgroups, family activities and more. 781-453-5418; parenttalk.info.
• Parenting Education, a service of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund, provides callers with a list of free or low-cost parenting education programs and support groups in the Boston area. 888-775-4KID (4543).
• Parenting Resource Associates provides education, support and counseling for parents and educators on parenting and child development issues. 238 Bedford St., Lexington. 781-862-4446.
• Parents Helping Parents offers free, confidential and anonymous weekly support groups for parents throughout Massachusetts who are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed or anxious. 800-882-1250. The group also offers a Parental Stress Line, 24 hours, 7 days a week, manned by counselors who offer support in problem solving. 1-800-632-8188.
• Parents Helping Parents runs a statewide network of support groups for parents seeking to improve their relationships with their children. FREE and ongoing groups for parents under stress meet in various locations. 800-882-1250.
• Parents of Tots is a North Shore activities and support group for parents of children ages newborn to 6. 781-224-4315; www.parentsoftots.org.
• Parent Connection is a free, twice weekly, parent support and education group that teaches effective communication skills, positive discipline techniques and more. 978-281-7856.
• Plymouth Family Network provides support to Plymouth parents with children ages 4 and under. The network organizes playgroups, parenting workshops and family events; maintains a parents’ library and a toy lending library; and is a resource and referral agency. 508-732-0166.
• Project Bread FoodSource HotLine helps those who may need help with putting food on the table. Call the hotline for information. 800-645-8333.
• Reach Beyond Domestic Violence offers a 90-day emergency shelter for victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Metro West area of Boston. Also offers support groups, children’s counseling, legal advocacy, community outreach, education, resources, referrals and a toll-free hotline. 800-899-4000; reachma.org.
• Room to Grow enriches the lives of babies born into poverty throughout the first three years of development with one-on-one parenting guidance, child-rearing information, clothing, books, toys and other essentials items for growing babies. 617-859-4545; roomtogrow.org.
• The Saturday Club organizes playgroups for working parents of children pre-K and under who can’t attend weekday play dates due to their email@example.com.
• South Shore Home Learners connects homeschooling families. Meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 7pm at Tufts Library, 46 Broad St., Weymouth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tewksbury Town Playgroup, Wednesdays, 9:30-11am, St. Williams Church, 1351 Main St., Tewksbury. Join parents and children and play, make music and create arts and crafts. Parents should bring a snack and a drink for their child. Meet on the basketball court behind St. Williams School, weather permitting.
• Working Mothers of Boston Metrowest are invited to join monthly discussions and a support group at Watertown Family Network, 460 Main St., Watertown on the first Wednesday of each month. Infants welcome as well as potluck dessert contributions. Regular attendees are asked to donate at their discretion to the Watertown Family Network. www.watertown.k12.ma.us/wfn/index.html.
HEALTH AND SPECIAL NEEDS
•Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America – New England Chapter offers workshops monthly on a variety of topics and support groups. 617-965-7771.
• Emerson Hospital’s Cancer Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month, from 4-5pm, in the Hospital’s Donaldson Conference Room, 133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, and provides ongoing support to men and women with all types of cancers. 978-287-3189.
• Families for Depression Awareness is a national nonprofit organization helping families recognize and cope with depressive disorders. The organization provides education, outreach, and advocacy to support families 781-890-0220; familyaware.org.
• Families with Diabetes is a support group for families with children who have Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes. The group helps parents connect with others near them for in-person get-togethers and offers online support. email@example.com; health.groups.yahoo.com/group/familieswithdiabetes.
• Family TIES (Together In Enhancing Support) provides statewide information and parent-to-parent support for families of children with special needs and chronic illness. 800-905-TIES; massfamilyties.org.
• Hurts, Hang-Ups and Habits Support Group meets on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at Crossroads Childcare Center, 1301 Edgell Road, Framingham, and addresses issues like anger, resentment, anxiety, depression, grief and addictions. 508-877-7733, ext. 3; firstname.lastname@example.org.
• International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting vaginal birth after Cesarean. 617-472-4880; ican-online.org.
• Malden Down Syndrome Support Group meets from 10am to noon, the second Saturday of each month. 781-605-1691; email@example.com.
• Minuteman Early Intervention in West Concord serves infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delays and individuals of all ages with specific developmental disabilities and their families. 978-371-1543; minutemanarc.org.
• Parents of ADD/ADHD Kids (PAK), a support group for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, generally meets the second Wednesday of the month. PAK welcomes all parents and guardians to share stories, ideas, books, doctors and more. PAK-Foxboro@comcast.net.
• Parents of Children with Epilepsy is a support group for parents of children with epilepsy in the Framingham area. 508-405-0770; www.pocwe2hotmail.com.
• Parents of Kids with Food Allergies Support Group meets the first Monday of each month at the Morse Library, 14 East Central St., Natick. Meet other parents and share your concerns, recipes and support. 508-481-7557.
• Sensory Processing Disorder–Parent Connections is a free, monthly drop-in group providing support, information, and understanding to caretakers of children with SPD. Group discussions, resources, and guest speakers. Sponsored by the Spiral Foundation. Meets the second Thursday of the month. 617-964-0138.
• Special Needs Support Group of Canton is open to all families and parents/guardians who parent a child with special needs or learning disabilities. Contact/RSVP: Grace Burega at 781-821-0481 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Support Group for Parents of Children with Mental Health Issues, First and third Thursday of every month, 7- 9pm, Wayside Youth and Family Services, 118 Central St., Waltham. Are you the parent or caregiver of a child or young adult with behavioral or mental health issues? Are you feeling alone and isolated? Are you overwhelmed by dealing with ‘the system’, paperwork and phone calls, or just ‘burned out’? Do you know how to access medical, mental health or special education services for your child? Do you just need to talk to other parents and caregivers who understand? Contact Judi Maguire, Parent Support Coordinator,781- 891-0556 ext. 34 email@example.com.
• TrachCare, a nonprofit organization, offers support and information to parents, caregivers and healthcare providers of children who have, or previously had, a tracheotomy, and children who are on ventilator support. trachcare.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services to families who qualify for this national program. 800-WIC-1007; mass.gov.
• The Wellness Community of Greater Boston is a nonprofit organization providing psychological, social and educational support programs and services for cancer patients as well as for their loved ones. 617-332-1919.
LOSS AND GRIEF
• The Bertolon Center for Grief and Healing, a program of Hospice of the North Shore, offers support programs for children and families affected by loss. 978-774-5100; Griefandhealing.org.
• The Children’s Room: Center for Grieving Children and Teenagers in Arlington provides support, counseling and group sessions. 781-641-4741;childrensroom.org.
• Coping With the Loss of a Loved One holds monthly meetings and is open to anyone who has lost a family member or close friend. Meetings are held at the Eisenberg Residence Library, 631 Salisbury St., Worcester. Sponsored by the Jewish Family Service of Worcester. 508-755-3101.
• A Ripple in Time is a pregnancy loss support group for families experiencing a loss from miscarriage, stillbirth and/or neonatal death. The group meets the first Monday of the month at 7pm in St. Theresa’s Parish Hall, Room 6, 470 Boston Road, Billerica. 978-663-5477.
• Kids Connection is a bereavement support group for children ages 5-12 who have lost a parent to cancer. Through the Wellness Community of Greater Boston. 617-332-1919.
• Listening, Reflecting, Healing in Needham offers a four-week support group, Moving Forward After Pregnancy Loss, for those who experienced a first-, second- or third-trimester loss. Participants should be able to commit to all four meetings. $125. 781-366-5300; listeningreflectinghealing.com.
• Merrimack Valley Mothers & More is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy. Visit mnm-merrimack.org or call 978-694-1525 for more information.
• MetroWest Boston Mothers & More offers a variety of activities, including playgroups, moms' night out dinners, book clubs, kids activities and more, for stay-at-home and working mothers, and moms-to-be. metrowestmothersandmore.org.
• MomTime & Playgroup is a group where moms can share their stories while their children play together. The group meets three times a month with children and once a month with just moms at Crossroads Community Church, 1341 Edgell Road, Framingham. Crosscommchurch.org. Contact Alisha Rivera at 508-881-3009 orLombardi.email@example.com for more information.
• Moms and Tots of Billerica is a volunteer-run community organization that offers events and playgroups for parents-to-be and parents of newborns through preschoolers. momsandtots.org.
• MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Ashland welcomes members from Ashland, Framingham, Natick and Sudbury. Playgroups, community activities, online message board, moms’ night, babysitting co-op and more offered. Meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. momsclubofashland.com.
• MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Boston is a support group for mothers who have chosen to stay at home full/part-time to raise their children.momsclubofboston.tripod.com; 1-857-753-4470.
• MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of West Boston is a support group for mothers who stay home with their children, including those who have home-based businesses and those who work part time. MOMS Club of West Boston supports moms in Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, West Roxbury, Chestnut Hill, and South Brookline. geocities.com/westbostonmoms.
• MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of Easton is open to new members in the Easton area. Playgroups, local outings, moms’ nights out, community service, support services for mothers in need and much more are available to members. New members are welcome! For membership information, call Kristin Cohen (Parkview Chapter), 508-297-1217 or Jill English (Center/Moreau Chapter), 508-230-5024.
•MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) Club of East and West Bridgewater welcomes new members in the East and West Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson and Whitman areas and offers playgroups, local outings, MOMS Night Out, community service and more. firstname.lastname@example.org; momsclubewb.webs.com.
• MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club of South Boston is a support group for mothers who have chosen to stay at home full/part-time to raise their children. Activities include playgroups, park play dates, and MOMS Night Out. For membership information, call 617-791-8891.
• MOMS (Mothers Offering Mothers Support) Club of Norfolk, Plainville, & Wrentham is a chapter of a not-for-profit organization geared to the unique needs of mothers who are at home with their children, infant through Kindergarten age, during the day. Call Erin at 508-695-3008 or visit plainville.com/moms.
• Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) offer moms with children from birth to Kindergarten support, friendship and laughter during these critical early years. In Attleboro, MOPS meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 508-222-0856. In Woburn, MOPS meets every Tuesday. Call 781-932-1173. In Quincy, MOPS meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. 617-328-3538; email@example.com.
• Mother to Mother of Burlington offers member-only parties, family activities, a playroom and adult activities for parents with preschoolers.mothertomotherburlington.org.
• My Mama and Me Playgroup is a time for preschoolers and caregivers to play and learn together. Admission is free; group meets Fridays 10-10:30am at 1280 Centre St., Newton. mymamamandme.com; 617-372-7448.
• Newburyport Mothers Club includes more than 800 members in the Newburyport area and offers adult and child social activities, playgroup matching, charitable work, and networking. newburyportmothers.com.
• Newton Mothers’ Forum is a nonprofit organization created to help mothers in Newton and surrounding towns meet, share ideas and information, and build a community for themselves and their families. The group hosts activities for children, families, and moms and partners. newtonmoms.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
• North Shore Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), a support group for mothers of young children from birth to Kindergarten, meets the first and third Thursday of each month in Beverly Farms. 978-927-2014.
• Working Mothers Support Group welcomes working moms with babies under age one to come and share experiences, resources and ideas on how to balance work and family. Babies are welcome! The group meets twice a month on Thursdays, 7-8:30pm, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, 148 Chestnut St., Needham. For more information, call the Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at 617-667-BABY, or email Christine Sweeney email@example.com.
• The Mass. Mother of Twins Founding Chapter (MMOTA-Founding Chapter) is a support group for local parents of twins or multiples. The group provides phone and online support services, COPE meetings for new and expectant parents, playgroups, outings and general meetings. General meetings are held the last Monday of the month in Winchester. 781-646-TWIN (8946); mmmota-founding.org.
• North Shore Mothers of Multiples, a support group for mothers of twins and multiples, meets the second Wednesday of every month in Danvers. Expectant mothers and grandmothers are welcome. 978-646-9406. nsmom.org.
• Plymouth Parents of Twins Club for parents, or expectant parents of twins or multiples, holds monthly meetings on second Tuesdays in Plymouth, September through June. firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Seaside Mothers of Multiples is a nonprofit support group for mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scituate at 7:30pm. Monthly meetings feature speakers, plus monthly newsletters, welcome meals for new mothers, and other activities. Contact Brooke Diesel at 781-837-8050.
• South Shore Mothers of Multiples is a nonprofit support group for mothers and expectant mothers of twins and other multiples. The group meets monthly in Braintree. 781-356-0975.
• The West Suburban Chapter of the Massachusetts Mothers of Twins Association provides support for mothers of twins in west suburban Boston. New members are welcome. The next general meeting takes place in September. 781-237-1149; wscmmota.org.
• Healthy Families Newborn Home Visiting (HFNHV) is a statewide, universal home-visiting program for first-time, teen parents ages 20 and under. 888-775-4KID (4543).
• Lawrence Memorial Hospital offers a variety of parent support groups, including breastfeeding, infant care, refresher courses, expecting multiples and many others. 781-338-7554.
• New Babies/New Parents Support Group is for first-time parents with infants up to 6 months old to meet with other parents and a leader for support and discussion. Call for the next start date. Meeting place: WarmLines, 225 Nevada St., Newtonville. FREE. Registration required. 617-244-INFO; warmlines.org.
• New Mom Support Group is offered by The Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the following communities: Chestnut Hill, Wednesday mornings at Healthworks Fitness Center, 1300 Boylston St.; Dedham, Tuesday mornings at Dedham Health and Athletic Complex, 200 Providence Highway; Burlington, Tuesday mornings at Sunrise Assisted Living, 24 Mall Road. Burlington. FREE. Registration required. 617-667-BABY.
• The Parent Connection of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offers groups for new moms and their babies in Braintree, Chestnut Hill, Dedham and Lexington. All groups are FREE and open to the public. 617-667-2229.
• WarmLines, a private, not-for-profit organization based in Newton since 1978, offers programs for families, educators and employee groups. Programs include new moms groups, new parents groups, child care/camp referrals, parenting workshops, music classes, drop-in playgroups, infant massage and signing classes, infant/child CPR instruction, preschool guide, resource magazine, teacher workshops and special events. Programs in Waltham, too. 617-244-INFO.
• 40-Something Moms is a group for women to discuss both the concerns and pleasures of mothering over age 40. It meets on the second Thursday of each month, 7-8:30pm, in Cambridge. The cost is $25/month. Contact Suzan Wolpow LMHC at 617-441-0758 or email email@example.com.
• Older First-Time Moms Social and Support Group meets third Wednesdays, 7pm, in Arlington. The group offers discussion, speakers, dining out, play dates and more for first-time mothers in their late-30s and 40s. FREE; $1 donation optional. 781-674-2029.
SINGLE OR DIVORCED PARENTS
• DivorceCare is a weekly support group/seminar for people who are divorced or separated that meets on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Crossroads Childcare Center, 1301 Edgell Road, Framingham. $15 book fee. Registration required. 508-881-8171; firstname.lastname@example.org;meetup.com/divorcecareframingham.
• It’s You and Me, Kid is a single parents social group that meets several times a month throughout the Massachusetts area. It offers planned activities, day trips and holiday celebrations with children and networking for solo parents. 781-581-6328.
• Parents Without Partners in Burlington provides activities, social networking and educational programs for divorced, separated, widowed and never married parents. 978-667-6834; pwp817.com.