Multnomah Support Groups

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Multnomah 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/.

https://wp.options.org/

Meeting time
Evenings
Contact info

Mirna Pani at (503) 250-0401, keepmetro@options.org, or mirna.pani@options.org

Organized by
Thrive Ministries
Description

Join us for a time to gather together and connect with other foster and adoptive parents. We will provide dinner AND child care.

https://thriveministriesteam.org/

Meeting time
3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting location

Mountainview Christian Church
1890 NE Cleveland Avenue
Gresham, OR 97030
Location Map

Contact info

To register for this group please contact us at: thriveministries.co@gmail.com

Organized by
Sponsored by NAMI Oregon and Providence Health and Services
Description

The Talk it Over support group is for parents, caregivers, and siblings of a child, teen, or young adult with a serious behavioral disorder. Group is for family members only, including siblings. Snacks are provided. No registration required.

It is a free public service provided by NAMI Oregon with support from Providence Health & Services.

https://raisingtroubledkids.com/

Meeting time
Meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month (except holidays), 4pm - 6pm
Meeting location

Providence Child Center
830 NE 47th Avenue
Portland, OR 97213
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Contact info

Margaret Puckette, 503-737-9971, raisingtroubledkids@comcast.net

Organized by
Northwest Adoption Support, MereAnn Reid
Description

Facilitated by MereAnn Reid, Child & Family Therapist, specializing in child development, adoption, and parenting. Topics determined by the group, with support from fellow parents raising kids adopted at any age. Sole parents and all couples welcome.

Childcare not provided; please contact group leader before your first session.

$40/family per session, sliding fee option.

https://mereannreid.com/groups-workshops-1/

Meeting time
3rd Friday of the Month, 10:00am - 11:30am
Meeting location

Taborspace
5441 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97215
Location Map

Contact info

MereAnn Reid, MA, 971-533-0228, hello@mereannreid.com prior to your first session

Organized by
Northwest Adoption Support, MereAnn Reid
Phone
971-533-0228
Description
4-week group for parents raising kids 12-17, adopted at any age.

https://mereannreid.com/groups-workshops-1/

Meeting time
TBD
Meeting location

TBD, Portland, OR

Contact info

MereAnn Reid, MA, 971-533-0228, hello@mereannreid.com

Organized by
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon
Phone
503-467-0332
Description

For parents raising children with Cerebral Palsy and similar conditions, however everyone is welcome. Please contact Susan Cushman to attend.

HABLA ESPAÑOL? Alza tu Voz: Groupo de Apoyo y Recursos es un grupo para padres de hijos con parálisis cerebral o otras discapacidades de parte de UCP Oregon. Todas las juntas seran el segundo jueves de cada mes de la 6:30pm a 8:00pm en las oficinas de Portland.

https://www.ucpaorwa.org/familysupport.html

Meeting time
Meets the second Thursday of every month, 6:30pm - 8pm
Meeting location

United Cerebral Palsy Association
305 NE 102nd Avenue, Suite 100
Portland, OR 97220
Location Map

Contact info

Susan Cushman, 503-467-0332 or scushman@ucporegon.org

Organized by
Parent-led
Description

The general focus of this group is advocacy-based parenting. Grandparents, parents, families raising relatives are all welcome to attend.

Meeting time
Meets the last Tuesday of the month, 9 - 11 am
Meeting location

Jefferson High School (Blazer Room A4344)
5210 N Kerby Avenue
Portland, OR 97217
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Contact info

Carollynn Smith, 503-283-9594 or Patricia Trice, 503-283-6312

Organized by
Hollywood Senior Center
Description

A support group for Grandparents and other relatives (such as aunts and uncles) raising and parenting children. The group is for those who were most likely not expecting to be raising children at this time in their lives. Whatever your situation, one thing is clear; your lives have changed with the addition of someone else's children. These changes may bring happiness or sadness, but there is a change. And with that change comes stress. Understanding the stress and finding proper ways to deal with it is vital for our own emotional and physical health as well as for the health of your children.

Meeting time
Group meets the first Monday of each month, 10am - 11am
Meeting location

Temporary Summer Location: Bridge Meadows
8502 N Wayland Avenue
Portland, OR 97203
Location Map

Contact info

For more information please call 503-288-8303 or 503-988-8210

Organized by
Northwest Adoption Support, MereAnn Reid
Phone
971-533-0228
Description

8- to 12-week group open to adult adoptees and birth parents. Topics include: search & reunion, identity & belonging, sharing your story, and navigating mixed feelings.

https://mereannreid.com/groups-workshops-1/

Meeting time
TBD
Meeting location

TBD, Portland, OR

Contact info

MereAnn Reid, MA, 971-533-0228, hello@mereannreid.com

Organized by
PFLAG
Phone
503-232-7676
Description

Currently meeting online. Learn more and register here.

The "mother" chapter of the PFLAG Portland chapter family and one of the oldest Chapters in the PFLAG National Network, PFLAG Portland has been serving Portland families since 1977, and as an affiliate of the PFLAG National network since 1982.

https://www.pflagpdx.org/portland-chapter-2/

Meeting time
2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Meeting location

First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson Street, Room 202 (accessible)
Portland, OR 97201
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Contact info

info@pflagpdx.org, 503-232-7676

Organized by
PFLAG
Description

Launched in 2014, the East County Chapter is safe space for Gresham and East Multnomah county residents.

https://www.pflagpdx.org/east-county/

Meeting time
1st Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Meeting location

East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Multipurpose Room #3 (accessible)
Portland, OR 97216
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Organized by
Autism Society of Oregon (ASO)
Phone
503-636-1676
Description

This is an unstructured time for caregivers of teens and adults to visit, talk and learn from each other working through similar situations.

https://autismsocietyoregon.org/support/support-gr...

Meeting time
Meets the second Saturday of each month, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Meeting location

Autism Society of Oregon
9320 SW Barbur Boulevard, Suite 240
Portland, OR 97219
Location Map

Contact info

For more information, please call the ASO office at 503-636-1676 or send an e-mail to ASO at info@autismsocietyoregon.org

Organized by
The PATH Center
Phone
971-940-2601
Description

This group is for adoptive parents, and will include a pertinent, educational component each month. RSVP requested.

https://www.portlandneurofeedback.org/the-path-cen...

Meeting time
3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Meeting location

The PATH Center
4035 NE Sandy Boulevard Suite 200
Portland, OR 97212
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Organized by
Trillium Family Services
Description

A school-based prevention program to support teenage girls who are survivors of trauma. Groups use an evidence-based curriculum to support girls in understanding how surviving trauma has impacted them and making sense of their trauma in a way that allows them to move successfully into their futures. Group members learn healthy coping skills, learn about trauma and its effects, and support each other in telling their survival stories.

https://trilliumfamily.org/programs-and-services/p...

Meeting time
Group meets weekly October - June. Schedule depends on school site.
Meeting location

Groups meet at the following Portland Metro Area schools:

  • Grant High School
  • Cleveland High School
  • Madison High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Fir Ridge High School
  • RLA
  • Milwaukie
  • Centennial HS
Contact info

If you are interested in joining a Chrysalis Group or referring a high school girl to the group, please contact Erica Weber, LCSW at 503-939-0923 or email eweber@trilliumfamily.org.

Organized by
The PATH Center
Phone
971-940-2601
Description

Especially designed in support of foster and adoptive moms, but all moms are welcome!

https://www.portlandneurofeedback.org/the-path-cen...

Meeting time
The 1st Friday of each month, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Meeting location

The PATH Center
4035 NE Sandy Boulevard Suite 200
Portland, OR 97212
Location Map

Description

The group is currently on hold but considering Covid-safe meetups outside with just parents where we can maintain social distancing yet still chat and get support. Please reach out if interested. Foster and adoptive families welcome.

Contact info

Natalie Koprowski, 503-805-5148, natski81504@yahoo.com

Organized by
NAMI Multnomah
Phone
503-228-5692
Description

Free, online peer-led support group for parents and caregivers of children / adolescents (ages 0-18) with mental health barriers.

Meeting time
1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Meeting location

Online

Contact info

For group access, please call our HelpLine at 503-228-5692.

Organized by
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Multnomah County
Phone
503-228-5692
Description

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

For all family members and loved ones of individuals (primarily adults, but all are welcome) with mental health barriers.

Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model, ensuring everyone has an opportunity to be heard and to get what they need.

  • Free of cost to participants
  • Designed for adult loved ones (18+) of individuals living with mental illness
  • Led by family members of individuals living with mental illness
  • No specific medical therapy or medication is endorsed or recommended
  • Confidential
Meeting time
Every Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Meeting location

CURRENTLY ONLINE

TaborSpace
5441 SE Belmont
Portland, OR 97215
Location Map

Contact info

For group access, please call our HelpLine at 503-228-5692

503-228-5692, info@namimultnomah.org

http://namimultnomah.org

Organized by
Greater Metropolitan Foster Parent Association and ODHS
Description

Monthly training and support provided to Foster, Relative and Adoptive Families. Please contact us to register and receive notices about monthly topics and speakers.


Meeting time
2nd Tuesday of every month - 6:30 to 9:00pm
Meeting location

Please join us to attend our new virtual support group via zoom.

https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619450808?pwd=amhXR3d6S...

Contact info

To register and receive notices, please contact:

Doris Tamoro @ 503-285-9103

Donna Thomas, Multnomah County ODHS, Child Welfare Training
Phone: 503-545-6865
Email: donna.thomas@dhsoha.state.or.us