Support Groups

MCF staff members facilitate support groups across the state. Locations and contact information are listed below by county.

Baltimore City

Family Support Group

For families and guardians of children with emotional and behavioral health needs.

Meets 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

MCF's Baltimore City Office
2701 N. Charles St., Suite 402, Baltimore, MD 21218

Bus lines: 3, 11, 13, 64, 27. Refreshments, transportation, and childcare provided.

Please contact Ann Capers at mcapers@mdcoalition.org or 410 404 2686 for more information.

Calvert County

Parents Supporting Parents

A support group for parents and caregivers of children and teens with behavioral health needs, including mental health challenges

Meets 1st Friday of the month beginning December 2, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

HEB Community Center
901 Dares Beach Rd, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Light refreshments will be provided. We kindly request that you contact us in advance to RSVP your loved one if they will be accessing our childcare room as space is limited.

To RSVP or learn more, contact Nicole Coates at 443-896-8275 or ncoates@mdcoalition.org.
Dorchester County

Helping Hands Support Group — Dorchester County

Meetings are held every 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments are provided.

NDLA/Student Services
2455 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD 21613

Contact Bernadette Townsend at 443-480-3495 or email btownsend@mdcoalition.org for more information.

Howard County

LIFT (Laughter Insight Family Training) — Columbia

A support group for parents of children with mental health or behavioral needs.

We will meet from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on the following dates in 2017: February 14, March 15, April 18, May 9, June 13 and September12.

Office of Children's Services Training Room
3300 N. Ridge Rd., #360, Ellicott City, MD 21043

To register or for more information, contact Cindy Privitera at cprivitera@mdcoalition.org or 443.878.3116.

Lower Eastern Shore

Lower Shore Family Empowers Family — Salisbury

All are invited to attend MCF's Lower Shore Family Support. You are not alone.

Meets the 4th Thursday of each month

Wicomico Partnership
408 Coles Cir., Salisbury, MD 21804

Contact Sherri Allen at sallen@mdcoalition.org or 443-896-6791 for more information.

Mid-Shore

Mid-Shore Healthy Minds Book Club

A Book Club for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues, emotional needs, challenging behaviors, or special needs.

Meets on the First Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

All you have to do is get your book, read it and show up. Join us for every Book Club night or pick and choose which books you are interested in.

The location and book for each meeting change monthly. For details, please contact to Augustine Cook at 443-504-4509 or acook@mdcoalition.org.

Prince George's County - Bowie

Parents Supporting Parents

A support group for parents/caregivers of children and teens with behavioral, emotional and mental heath needs

Meets 3rd Saturday of every month, 9:30 - 11:00 am

Bowie Senior Center
14900 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

Support for parents/caregivers; judgement-free zone. Breakfast will be provided. In collaboration with NAMI Prince George’s County.

Contact nami.pgcmd1@gmail.com or BHancock@mdcoalition.org for information.

Prince George's County - Upper Marlboro

Parents Supporting Parents

A support group for parents/caregivers of children and teens with behavioral, emotional and mental heath needs

Meets 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Largo-Kettering Library
9601 Capitol Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Support for parents/caregivers; judgement-free zone. Light refreshments will be provided. In collaboration with NAMI Prince George’s County.

Contact nami.pgcmd1@gmail.com or AMcRae@mdcoalition.org for information.
Queen Anne's County

Coffee Connection — Queen Anne's County

Join other parents of children with mental and behavioral health challenges for breakfast and receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Queen Anne's County.

Meets 1st Friday of every month, 9:30 - 11:00 am. 2017 meeting dates include: February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2.

Community Partnerships for Children and Families
104 Powell Street, Centreville, MD 21617

Contact Carol Strootman at cstrootman@mdcoalition.org or 443.896.6753 for information.

Southern Maryland

Laughter Insight Family Training (LIFT)

A support group for parents and caregivers of children and teens with behavioral health needs, including mental health challenges

Meets 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Please note, in March the group will meet on March 30 (the last Thursday of the month).

25484 Point Lookout Rd.
Building 3 – 2nd Floor
Leonardtown, MD 20650

We welcome all parents and caregivers of children and adolscents with special needs, mental health needs and other behavioral health challenges to join us for an evening of support. Refreshments will be provided. Transportation stipends are available upon request. 

To learn more contact Julie Hendricks at 240-577-4776 or JHendricks@mdcoalition.org
Talbot County

Coffee Connection — Easton

Join us for coffee, bagels and conversation at Panera. Meet parents and caregivers of children who have behavioral issues, learning differences, and mental health needs. Learn about resources in your community and how to best advocate for your child.

Meets 3rd Wednesday of each month from 9:00 to 10:30 am year-round (except December).

Panera Bread
8933 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 21601

Contact Joan McGarry jmcgarry@mdcoalition.org or 443.480.2966 for more information.

Washington County

LIFT (Laughter Insight Family Training) — Hagerstown

A support group for caregivers and family members of children with mental health needs.

Meets last Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Location varies.

Please contact Kathleen Phillips at 240-818-3537 or kphillips@mdcoalition.org for information.

There are also other organizations that may offer support groups that are not included on this list. To learn more, head to the Other Organizations page.