Support Groups

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

Allegany County

Empower Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges to receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Allegany County.

Meets Second Tuesday of every month, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

 

Queen City Creamery

108 West Harrison Street

Cumberland, MD

 

For more information, contact Ula Slider at uslider@mdcoalition.org or 240-818-3534.

Baltimore City

Wellness Wednesday

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges. Refreshments will be provided. We'll offer each other support and share information about available resources for your family in Baltimore City.

Meets Third Wednesday of every month, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

 

2701 N. Charles Street

Suite 400

Baltimore, MD 21218

 

For more information, contact Crystal Simpson at csimpson@mdcoalition.org or 443-832-9356.

Baltimore County

Substance Use Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers as we learn to support our loved ones facing substance use challenges. If you are seeking information on prevention, active addiction, treatment or recovery supports, this group is for you. Receive support from your peers and learn the resources available for your family in Baltimore
County. Join us for one or all of the meetings.

Meets Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

 

1105 North Point Boulevard
Suite 325
Dundalk, MD 21224

 

For more information, contact Austin Torsch via email
or call 443-472-9384. Download flyer here.

 

 

Baltimore County

Join Maryland Coalition of Families every 4th Wednesday of the month for a free Spanish support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges. Refreshments will be provided.

Meets Fourth Tuesday of every month, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.

 

East Point Office Park

1105 North Point Boulevard

Suite 325

Baltimore, MD 21224

 

For more information or to RSVP, contact Cynthia Ariza via email or 443-878-3113. Download the flyer in English / en Español.

 

 

Baltimore County

Reasons & Needs

Please join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges. We will come together to support each other with our lived experience, and share educational information and available resources in Baltimore County.

Meets on the first Thursday of each month, starting October 3rd, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

 

MCF Office

1105 North Point Blvd

Suite 325

Dundalk, MD 21017

 

For more information, contact Candace Harris via email
or 443-546-7005. Download the flyer here.

Baltimore County

Life In Motion

A Support Group for Families Challenged by Substance Use

Meets Third Tuesday of every month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Maryland Coalition of Families
1105 North Point Blvd, Suite 325
Dundalk, MD

 

For more information, contact Austin Torsch at via email
or 443-472-9384. Download flyer here.

Calvert County

Share My World

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

Meets First Friday of every month, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

 
Harriet E. Brown Community Center (HEB) 
901 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

 

To learn more, contact Nicole Ukoumunne at nukoumunne@mdcoalition.org or 443-896-8275.

Carroll County

Our Healing Hearts*

Grief support group for parents who have lost children to overdose.

Meets Fourth Tuesday of every month starting at 6:30 pm

Wesley Freedom Methodist Church
961 Johnsville Road
Sykesville, MD 21784
410-795-2777

For additional information, contact Beth Schmidt at bschmidt@mdcoalition.org or 202-573-6733.
Carroll County

Caregivers in Action

A support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues, emotional needs, challenging behaviors, or special needs in Carroll County.

Meets Third Thursday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

Westminster Public Library
50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

 

For more information, contact Christi Vaughan at via email
or 202-590-0060. Download flyer here.

Cecil County

REAL Talk

Everyone in the family suffers when a loved one has a substance use disorder. Receiving support from others who share a mutual understanding is essential.

Meets Second & Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

 

Allstate Insurance Agency

5292 Pulaski Hwy

Perryville, MD 21903

 

Meeting format will include group discussions, guest speakers, and the use of a variety of materials to stimulate conversation.

 

To learn more, contact Lorri Irrgang at lirrgang@mdcoalition.org or 410-688-9317.

Charles County

Kaleidoscope

Connect with other local parents and caregivers of youth experiencing emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges.

Meets Third Wednesday of every month, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Location varies.

For additional information, please email Nicole Ukoumunne or 410-884-4132.     

Charles County

Real Talk - Strong Men, Strong Families!

This relaxed, male-focused group is intended to offer a supportive and confidential environment to meet other males caring for someone with a behavioral health challenge.

Meets Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
(No December meeting)

 

MCF Office
105 Paul Melon Court
Waldorf, MD 20602


Download information about meeting times and locations.

 

For additional information, contact Christina Otruba via email or call 240-577-4776

Dorchester County

Family Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges for a light meal while you receive peer support and are able to share information about community resources for your family in Dorchester County.

Meets Third Thursday of every month, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Sorry no childcare available.

Judy Hoyer Center
1405 Glasgow Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

For more information, contact Bernadette Townsend at btownsend@mdcoalition.org or 443-480-3495.
Garrett County

Finding Hope to Cope

We provide a nonjudgmental place to share experiences while offering support and understanding. Together we can put a loved one’s substance use into perspective and set healthy boundaries.

Meets Second Thursday of every month, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Garrett County Community Action
104 East Center Street
Oakland, MD 21550

 

For more information, contact Teresa Friend via email
or call 443-766-0525.


 

Harford County

Under the Umbrella Tree

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges and receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Harford County.

Meets October 24th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Arc Northern Region
4513 Philadelphia Rd.
Belcamp, MD 21017

For additional information, email Somer Sawyer
or call 443-896-6289.

 

Download flyer here.

Howard County

LIFT

For parents and caregivers of young people with mental health or substance use needs. Get a lift and support from other families struggling with these same challenges.

Meets Second Tuesday of every month, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Howard County Office of Children and Families
9830 Patuxent Woods Drive
Room 370
Columbia, MD 21046

For additional information, contact Cindy Kirk at ckirk@mdcoalition.org or 443-741-8672.
Lower Eastern Shore

Support and Education For Families Struggling with Substance Use

Join others who love someone with substance use issues for an evening of education and support.

Meets Third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

 

Hudson Health Services
1501 Emerson Ave
Salisbury, MD 21804

 

For additional information, email Angel Timmons or
call 443-878-9603. Download flyer here.

Mid-Shore

Caregiver’s Connection

A support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental health and behavioral health challenges, emotional needs and special needs.

Meets Second Tuesday of every month, 6:00 - 7:30 pm (September - November and January - May) 

 

Caroline County Public Library 
100 Market Street
2nd Floor, small meeting room
Denton, MD 21629

We meet monthly, have a light meal and an hour of caregiver educational training. Please don’t miss this opportunity to relax with other caregivers, while sharing ideas and taking time for yourself. 

For more information, contact Cathy Jones at cjones@mdcoalition.org or 443-472-8452, or Augustine Cook at  acook@mdcoalition.org or 443-504-4509.
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 Second Wednesday of every month, 6:30 - 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 Augustine Cook at acook@mdcoalition.org or 443-504-4509.
Prince George's County - Bowie

Parents Supporting Parents

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

Meets Third 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 Beth Ann Hancock at bhancock@mdcoalition.org for more information.

Prince George's County - Temple Hills

Parents Supporting Parents

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

Meets First Sunday of every month, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Corkran United Methodist Church
5200 Temple Hill Rd
Temple Hills, MD 20748

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 Beth Ann Hancock at bhancock@mdcoalition.org for more 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 health needs

Meets Third Tuesday of every month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
 
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 Angela McRae at amcrae@mdcoalition.org for more information.
Southern Maryland

Parents Affected By Addiction

A support group for parents and other family members affected by a loved one with substance use issues.

Meets Third Wednesday of every month

 

Download information about meeting times and locations.

 

For additional information, contact Amy Young at ayoung@mdcoalition.org.

 

Talbot County

Family Focus Fridays

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges for breakfast. Receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in the Mid-Shore.

Meets Second Friday of every month, 10:00 - 11:00 am


Talbot County YMCA
202 Peachblossom Road
Easton, MD 21601

 

For more information, contact Rachel Stoyanov at rstoyanov@mdcoalition.org or 443-766-0420.

 

Washington County

Empower Support Group

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral health challenges to receive peer support and information about community resources for your family in Washington County.

Meets Third Friday of every month, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

Washington County Library
100 S. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

For more information, contact Debbie Santini at dsantini@mdcoalition.org or 240-818-3537.
Washington County

Caregivers in Action

A support group for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues, emotional needs, challenging behaviors, or special needs in Washington County.

Meets Second Thursday of every month, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

 

Bester Community of Hope
370 Mill Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

 

For more information, contact Christi Vaughan at via email
or 202-590-0060. Download flyer here.

Worcester County

Sip and Talk

Join other parents and caregivers of children with mental and behavioral
health challenges for morning coffee and honest conversations. We provide
a non-judgmental place to share your experiences and offer support with
other caregivers like yourself.

Meets First Wednesday of each month, 9:30 – 10:30 am

 

Dunkin' Donuts
Ocean City Outlet Center
12741 Ocean Gateway
Ocean City, MD 21842

 

Download information about meeting times and locations.

 

For additional information, contact:

  • Heather Moore via email or call 410-371-9736 or 
  • Wanda Chansler via email or call 443-832-9021


*This Support Group is not funded through MCF.

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.