Columbia Support Groups

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Columbia Support Groups

Organized by
Options Counseling and Family Services
Phone
503-335-5975
Description

KEEP is a FREE support group for foster and kinship parents. It’s designed to enhance skills while supporting each family on their individual journey. It’s 16 weeks; we meet once a week, and groups are 90 minutes.

KEEP curriculum is evidence based with a trauma informed lens. Our facilitators bring in weekly lessons focusing on things like looking at challenging behaviors, introducing new skills, balancing encouragers and setting limits, promoting peer and school success, and managing stress.

Although psychoeducation is a big component, KEEP strives to provide very warm and non-judgmental space where local foster and kinship parents can have frank conversations, share personal experiences, exchange resources, and find ways to stay connected beyond 16 weeks that we are directly involved with them.

Our groups are small and intimate. A typical group is between 5-7 families with two facilitators. Traditionally, they are in the evenings with number of benefits included for families. KEEP provides childcare, we bring in light meals/snacks, as additional incentive we have $20 gift cards that each family receives at every session, and upon completion each participant can get up to 24 training credits.

Groups are offered year around on 16 week cycle. To learn more information, please fill out our self-interest form at https://www.keepfostering.org/pdx-foster-kin-parent-keep-group-interest-form/.

Meeting time
Evenings
Contact info

Mirna Pani at (503) 250-0401

keepmetro@options.org, or mirna.pani@options.org

Description

We generally have childcare available. We do not charge a fee to attend but a small donation towards childcare is always appreciated but not a requirement, if you bring kids.

Sometimes in the summer, we make a last minute change to our location and move it to the small fenced-in park in the Clatskanie city park.

Meeting time
3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Meeting location

Clatskanie Baptist Church
415 N Nehalem Street
Clatskanie, OR 97016
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Contact info

Deanna at 503-308-3670

Organized by
Neurodiversity Family Support Services
Description

This group is created to offer a safe place of hope and encouragement to those caring for a kiddo with ASD. Parents, caregivers, teachers, professionals – all are welcome!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/649042405213982/

Meeting time
1st Thursday of each month from 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Meeting location

52588 NE 2nd Street
Scappoose, OR 97056
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Contact info

Sharrie Ryan-Kreins, 503-396-3361

Organized by
Columbia River Foursquare Church
Phone
503-397-0069
Description

Meet together with other local foster and adoptive families at this free support group as we build relationships, encourage one another in our challenges, and learn parenting skills specific to fostering/adoption. Free childcare is provided for kids up to age 12.

Meeting time
Thursday Nights at 7:00 pm
Meeting location

Columbia River Foursquare Church
555 Commons Drive
St. Helens, OR 97051
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Contact info

Molly Cooke at molly@crfoursquare.com