Support Groups & Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

For parents of adults on the spectrum, parenting can be demanding, frustrating, and at times stressful long after the child is grown.  Parents who are members of support groups gain feedback and perspective from peers on issues such as:

    • maintaining a healthy parent/child relationship 
    • keeping the lines of communication open
    • Accessing services to help their child find employment,live independently, and connect socially
    • taking time to support themselves

AANE parents of adult support groups are designed for parents and family members of post-high school adults on the spectrum.  Family members must be 18 years or older to join these groups or the online discussion forum. AANE staff members facilitate these in-person and online groups, as well as our online discussion forum.   

AANE offers three types of supports for Parents of Adults: Support Group Series, Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups, and an Online Discussion Forum.

Frequently Asked Questions about Parent of Adult Support Groups

 

Support Group Series for Parents of Adults

Support group series are designed to create a tight-knit peer support network that members can tap into even after all group meetings in the series end.   Groups meet in-person or online for 90 minutes for 6-12 meetings.  Meetings may be weekly, every other week, or monthly.  Members of the group must register in advance, and groups are typically limited to 12 members. Each group is  facilitated by an AANE staff member. Cost:Cost varies by group ($150-$275) and covers all of the meetings in the support group series.(Financial assistance is available. Contact stephanie.birkdale@aane.org.) 

Click below to see our in-person and online parent of adult support group series, and sign up for early notifications if registration is closed.

Ongoing/Drop-In Support Groups for Parents of Adults

Ongoing Support Groups, also known as Drop-In Support Groups, are in-person groups for parents of adults which meet at regularly scheduled times.  Newcomers are always welcome, but for the best ongoing support group experience, we recommend that newcomers contact events@aane.org or the group facilitator to request a phone orientation. 

Online Discussion Forum for Parents of Adults

Our free online discussion forum is designed for parents of younger adults (19-26) as well as older adults (27+). Siblings, aunts, uncles, and other adult family members may also join this group. In this forum you can share your concerns, questions, and successes with more than 1700 other parents and family members throughout the US and Canada.  Click here to join now.