Washington Support Groups

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Washington Support Groups

Organized by
Options Counseling and Family Services
Phone
503-352-3260
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
Department of Human Services (DHS)
Description

Childcare provided

Meeting time
Meets the third Thursday of the month, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Meeting location

Department of Human Services
15425 NW Greenbrier Parkway
Beaverton, OR 97006
Location Map

Contact info

Contact Aimee at 503-277-6759 or Alex Deussen at 503-277-6645 for additional information

Organized by
PFLAG
Description
Conveniently located for the residents of Washington County and Portland's West Side, PFLAG Portland's newest satellite was launched in 2016.
Meeting time
3rd Thursday of the Month, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Meeting location

Family Justice Center of Washington County
735 SW 158th Ave, Suite 100
Beaverton, OR 97006
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Organized by
Options Counseling and Family Services
Phone
503-352-3260
Description
Registration Deadline: March 26

At times all parents feel lost or confused about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. Circle of Security parenting education is for you if:

  • You are looking for parenting strategies
  • You want to increase your confidence as a parent
  • You are concerned your emotional health is impacting your parenting
  • The relationship with your child is a source of concern
  • Differences exist between parents about parenting

Cost is $40 per individual per session and is covered by OHP. Other insurances should be consulted. Registrants will be contacted for an intake assessment.

https://wp.options.org/

Meeting time
April 9 - May 28, Thursdays at 11:30am - 1:00pm
Meeting location

Options Counseling and Family Services
8285 SW Nimbus Avenue, Suite 148
Beaverton, OR 97008
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Contact info

Sally Gradin at 971-712-3528

Organized by
Autism Society Oregon (ASO)
Description

A fun evening for the whole family! Games, movie, potluck, and graduate students volunteer their time to help. Meets one Friday each month from September – May.

NOTE: $1 per child

https://www.facebook.com/groups/322692944490884/

Meeting time
Dates for 2020 are: Jan 10, Feb 7, Feb 14, March 6, April 10 and May 1 from 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Meeting location

Pacific University Berglund Hall
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR 97116
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Organized by
Countryside Community Church
Phone
503-925-0689
Description

The Adoption & Foster Care ministry at Countryside exists to support, encourage and show Christ’s love to those who have been touched by adoption or foster care. We seek to be a loving place for those in need, helping parents be better parents and supporting the overall adoption & foster care community locally and globally. Join us the second Sunday of every month where we start off with a pot-luck dinner, followed by a time of discussion, education and support. Childcare is available.

https://countrysidechurch.com/adoption-and-foster-...

Meeting time
Second Sunday of every month, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Meeting location

Multipurpose Room at Countryside Community Church
18810 SW Kruger Road
Sherwood, OR 97140
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Organized by
Autism Society of Oregon (ASO)
Phone
503-636-1676
Description

Dates for 2019-2020 are: Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 21, Feb 18, March 17, April 21 and May 19. We will take a break for summer and start back up in September.

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

Meeting time
Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meeting location

Durham Elementary School
7980 SW Durham Road
Tigard, OR 97224
Location Map

Contact info

For more information please contact Lori Ball at 503-636-1676 or lorib@autismsocietyoregon.org