“Closed” Support Groups for Parents of Adults (23 Years Old & Older)

Due to Covid-19 concerns, all “closed” parents of adult support groups now meet online. “Online Local” Groups are intended for parents who live within commuting distance of the stated location, as the group will resume in-person meetings in that location when it is safe to do so. “Online” Groups can be attended by parents who live anywhere.

“Closed” support groups are ideal for parents who want to go beyond sharing their stories with newcomers each time at open support group meetings. “Closed” support groups help parents establish a stronger connection with and get more extensive peer support from the same group members in a series of meetings. A “closed” support group for parents of adults (previously called a Support Group Series) has the same group members (up to 12) for a set number of sessions (8). The “closed” support group, listed below, are designed for parents of adults 23 years of age and older. Other adult family members of adults over 23 may also join the group. (Parents and family members of adults 18-22 should check out Parents of Transition Age Youth “Closed” Support Groups. Spouses and partners of adults on the spectrum should investigate AANE’s Support Groups for Couples & Partners.)

These “closed” support groups involve check-ins with parents and family members on issues and successes, as well as education on various topics. These groups do not provide group therapy. They do provide facilitated peer support. They also let parents voice their concerns and frustrations and celebrate hard-won and unexpected victories. Although each group will focus on different themes and questions, here are some of the most common ones:

  • Now that your child is an adult, how do you parent without power?
  • How do you keep the lines of communication open?
  • How can you help your child find and sustain employment and live independently?
  • How to get your adult child to expand his or her social network?
  • What types of services have other parents used and what were the results?
  • How have other parents tapped into health, income, housing, and other benefits?

Click here if you have questions about Parent of Adult Support Groups or contact stephanie.birkdale@aane.org.

Register now for these Parent of Adult “Closed” Support Groups

If these groups are full or if registration has closed, click here to sign up for the early notification list.  When we offer the next set of “closed” support groups for parents of adults 23+ in January 2021, we will send you an early registration invitation.