Criterion Child

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;

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;

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;

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

Breastfeeding support for new mothers.

Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund – 617-727-8957;

Provides parenting tips and resources.

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Adoption, counseling, medical services, childcare and more for at-risk kids, parents and families.

MOMS Offering Moms Support® (MOMS Club®) –

Support groups helping at-home moms in the Boston area to connect.

MotherWoman – 413-387-0703;

Support groups for expectant and new moms, based in Hadley.

National At-Home Dad

Support and activities for stay-at-home dads.

Parental Stress Line – 800-632-8188;

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;

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;

This service of the National Association of Social Workers ( offers free referrals for individuals, couples and family therapy.

The Freedman Center for Child and Family Development – 617-244-4636;

The Freedman Center of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychologists offers support for mental health concerns and wellness needs. Based in Newton.