“Closed” Support Groups for Parents of Adults

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).  In contrast, an open group has an undefined number of group members with new people coming and going on a regular basis. 

Closed support groups are ideal for parents who want to go beyond sharing their story with newcomers each time at open support group meetings.  Parents who join closed support groups are looking to establish a stronger connection with and get more extensive peer support from the same group members in a series of meetings.    These closed support group meetings involve a mix of education on various topics as well as check-ins with parents and family members on issues and successes.

Each closed support group for parents of adults focuses on different themes and questions, but here are some of 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 expand his or her social network?
  • What local providers, programs, and services have other parents used and what were the results?
  • How have other parents tapped into health, income, housing and other benefits?

These closed support groups also let parents give voice to their concerns and frustrations and acknowledge both hard-won and unexpected victories.

 

Closed parent of adult support groups

Due to Covid-19 concerns all closed parent of adult support groups now meet online.

Parents of post-high school adults who live anywhere in the world can register for our Online Anywhere closed support groups.
Online (Local) closed support groups are intended for parents (of an adult child) who live within commuting distance of the indicated city. (Our intention is to resume in-person meetings in these locations when it is safe to do so.)

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The following online anywhere closed support group is open for registration until July 10.

Online "Closed" Bi-Weekly Support Group for Women (18-35), facilitated by Jane Thierfield Brown meets every other Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 PM EDT starting on July 14 and ending on October 20, 2020.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

 

Contact: stephanie.birkdale@aane.org if you have problems registering

Each closed parent of adult support group meets for 90 minutes for 8 meetings.  Meetings may be weekly, biweekly, monthly.   Members must register and pay in advance for all 8 meetings. The list price is $160 for the first parent and 5 for the second parent (or other adult family member of the same individual. Because we know it’s difficult to make ends meeting during this economic slowdown, we do have a hassle-free “pay what you can afford policy” that is outlined in our registration forms.

Get on the Waitlist

The closed support groups listed below are underway and are not accepting new members. Click on the green button below to sign up for early notifications when registration opens up for the next round of these groups.

EARLY NOTIFICATION FUTURE ROUNDS

Online (Local) Closed Support Groups for Parents of Adults

  • Online (Chelmsford MA) Parent of Adults (19+) Closed Support Group facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, meets from 6:30-8:00 PM EST, 1st Tuesday of the month from October 2019-July 2020.
  • Online (Watertown MA) Parents of Younger Adults (19-26) Closed Support Group facilitated by Michele Cantara, meets from 6:30 - 8:00 PM EST, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from October 2019-July 2020.
  • Online (Watertown MA) Parents of Older Adults (27+) Closed Support Group facilitated by Michele Cantara, meets from 6:30 - 8:00 PM EST, on the 1st Thursday of each month from October 2019-July 2020.
  • Online (Westwood MA) Parents of Younger Adults (19-26) Closed Support Group facilitated by Allyson Linehan, meets from 6:30 - 8:00 PM EST, the 3rd Tuesday of each month from October 2019-August 2020.

Online Anywhere Closed Support Groups for Parents of Adults

  • Online Anywhere Parents of Older Adults (27+) Support Group Series, facilitated by  Allyson Linehan, meets from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from November 2019-August 2020.
  • Online Anywhere Parent of Adults (19+) Support Group Series, facilitated by Liz Roberts meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 PM from April 2020-Jan 2021.
  • Online Anywhere Parents of Adults (19-26) Support Group series, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, meets from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST, the 2nd Tuesday of the month from October 2019-July 2020.
  • Online Anywhere Parents of Adults (19-26) Support Group Series facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, meets from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST on the 1st Wednesday of each month from October 2019-July 2020.

Online College 101 Approaching Adulthood “Closed” Information Series for Transition Age Youth (18-22), facilitated by Jane Thierfeld Brown, will meet online from 7:00-8:30 PM EST for these 8 Wednesday evenings:

July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26, September 2, September 9,

There are no upcoming events at this time.

In-Person Closed Support Groups for Parents of Adults

 

Massachusetts - Chelmsford - In-Person Parents of Adults over 19 Support Group Series facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, will meet 6:30-8:00 PM EST, 1st Tuesday of the month for 10 meetings:

October 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7

online  for remaining meetings in the series

Registration is now closed. Click below for:

 

Massachusetts - Watertown - In-Person Parents of Older Adults (27+) Support Group Series, facilitated by Michele Cantara, will meet from 6:30 - 8:30 PM EST, on the 1st Thursday of each month:

October 3, November 7, December 5, January 2, February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, July 2

online  for remaining meetings in the series

Registration is closed. Click below for:

 

Massachusetts - Watertown - Parents of  Younger Adults (19-26) Support Group Series , facilitated by Michele Cantara, will meet from 6:30 - 8:00 PM EST, the 3rd Wednesday of each month: 

October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15

online  for remaining meetings in the series

Registration is closed. Click below for:

 

Massachusetts - Westwood - Parents of Adults (19+) Support Group Series, facilitated by Allyson Linehan, will meet from 6:30 - 8:00 PM EST, the 3rd Tuesday of each month:

October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21

online  for remaining meetings in the series

Registration is closed. Click below for:

Online "Closed" Support Groups for Parents of Adults

New - Online "Closed" Support Group for Parents of Adults (19+), facilitated byJane Theirfeld Brown

July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6, October 20

Registration to begin soon.

 

Cancelled -  Online Support Group Series for Parents of Neurodivergent,Transgender/Non-Binary Adults, facilitated by Jamie Freed , Melissa MacNish , and Allyson Linehan .

This group has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

 

 

Online Parent of Adult (19+) Support Group, facilitated by Liz Roberts

Registration is now closed. Click below for:

 

2nd Tuesday Online Parents of Adults (19-26) Support Group Series, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST, the 2nd Tuesday of the month: 

October 8, November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14

Registration is now closed. Click below for:

 

 

1st Wednesday Online Parents of Adults (ages 19-26) 7:00-8:30 PM EST, facilitated by Jennifer DeSanctis-Narby, will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST, the 1st Wednesday of each month:

October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8,  February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1

Registration is now closed. Click below for:

 


2nd Tuesday Online Parents of Adults (27+) Support Group Series, facilitated by  Allyson Linehan, will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month:

November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11

Registration is now closed. Click below for: