Parent & Family Programs

Our Family Resource Center offers information and inspiration for parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Our classes, groups and one-on-one programs help build your network of support, connect you to local resources, and expand your parenting toolbox.  Scroll down to learn more or download our latest program listing.

You and your children are warmly welcome at all of our programs. Most programs are free, there are virtual and in-person options at both day and evening times, and child care is provided at no charge during in-person classes. We hope to see you soon!

Learn About Current Programs

Find program info by clicking one of these buttons, or scroll down for a list of our current programs (click the + sign for details).

PARENTING CLASSES, SUMMER 2021

Parenting Journey in Recovery

Thursdays, 6/3 to 8/18, 3-5 p.m.

Online | Free

Parenting Journey in Recovery is a 14-session group specifically designed for parents in recovery.

This program helps parents explore past family patterns, begin to heal past wounds, and seize the opportunity to take a new path that strengthens recovery, involves personal responsibility and positive actions, while facing the daily challenges of living with addiction.

Parenting Journey in Recovery will help you to:

  • Identify strengths and increase your resiliency.
  • Build greater trust and connections to others.
  • Become more confident in your recovery and more hopeful and optimistic about the future.
  • Understand what it means to be a parent while struggling with challenges of recovery.

This virtual group is meeting on Zoom. Participants will be emailed a link before the first group.
This program is financed under a contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association.

Questions?  Contact: Will- Wlapian@sosrco.org or Jasmine- Jharnden@sosrco.org 

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Summer Discussion Series: Talking About Anxiety

Tuesdays, June 29 – August 17, 6:30-7:30 pm
Online | Free

An 8-week Virtual Discussion Group using ideas from Lynn Lyon’s excellent book, Anxious Kids Anxious Parents. Reading the book is optional; parents are welcome to attend any or all of the discussions. Facilitators will share tools and strategies from the book and we will explore ways to connect the information to our own lives.

There is a difference between healthy worrying and debilitating anxiety, but lots of kids are trapped in a cycle of anxiety that paralyzes them with fear. Sometimes our most immediate parenting responses actually encourage our kids to remain frightened. This series will help parents understand the cycle of anxiety. We will discuss tools to help our kids face challenges, step forward in spite of threat, and develop healthy independence and courage.

We will provide books at no cost to parents who attend the series (until we run out of books) and you will be able to pick up your book at Goodwin or Families First. Parents, grandparents and caregivers of kids of all ages are welcome to join this VIRTUAL  group. Reading the chapters each week is NOT required.  A Zoom link will be emailed to you a few days before the first meeting.

This group is supported by the Newburyport Bank.

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Smart but Scattered Kids - Workshop with Peg Dawson

Tuesday, August 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Online | Free

Back to School season is here!

As we look ahead to a new school year we are excited to welcome school psychologist Dr. Peg Dawson, Ed.D., to talk to us about executive skills — what they are and why they are so important for our kids.

Children need “executive skills” — such as sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence — to succeed in school and, more importantly, to get things done in their lives. Some kids seem to acquire these brain-based skills naturally, but many struggle with them. Dr. Dawson, the co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how these skills develop throughout childhood and suggest strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful.

This event is virtual and a ZOOM link will be emailed to all participants a few days prior to the event. Please contact Patrice if you have any questions.

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PARENT & GRANDPARENT GROUPS

CHIPS – For Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent

Last Monday of each month, 6:30-7:30 PM

Online | Free

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child who has an incarcerated parent? If so, you are not alone. It is estimated that on any given day in America, 1 in 14 children have had–or do have–a  parent who is incarcerated.

This monthly group offers a friendly, safe (virtual) space for caregivers to connect and support one another. We will share information about community resources, ask questions, discuss challenges, celebrate successes, explore self-care strategies, and expand our “parenting toolboxes.”

Participants will receive a $20 Walmart gift card for each meeting they attend. Please contact Patrice if you have any questions or want more information.

This group is for NH residents and meets on the last Monday of every month.  Participants will be emailed a Zoom link before each meeting.

The group is supported by the Family Ties Inside Out Project. Here is a list of other groups for incarcerated parents, also supported by Family Ties and offered by other New Hampshire organizations.

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Relative Caregiver Recharge Hybrid Group

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Online or in-person in Rochester | Free

Are you a grandparent or other relative who is raising children? If so, you are not alone. Join us every two weeks--the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month— to connect with other grandparents and relative caregivers in person or on Zoom. This group is a friendly, informal opportunity for grandparents and kinship caregivers to connect and to learn more about available resources for families impacted by substance use disorder.

Group will meet at SOS Recovery Community at 14 Signal Street, Rochester or on Zoom. It is your choice to join with Zoom or attend in person. If you want to  attend on Zoom, sign up below and you will be emailed a Zoom meeting link.  Or, you can just show up in person!

Please note: we do not have child care available, but you are welcome to bring your grandchild to the meeting if that works for you.

You might also be interested in our virtual Relative Caregiver Recharge group that meets on Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of the month. Sign up for that group here.

And…if you are a kinship caregiver and you need information about resources available to you, please call JoAnn, Kinship Navigator, at (603) 422-8209 or email jclement@familiesfirstseacoast.org

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Virtual Relative Caregiver Recharge

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Online | Free

Are you a grandparent or other relative who is raising children? If so, you are not alone. Please join us every two weeks to connect with other grandparents and relative caregivers on Zoom. This group is a friendly, informal opportunity for grandparents and kinship caregivers to connect and to learn more about available resources.

How are you doing? How are your grandchildren doing? What challenges are you facing? What have you learned and what is working for you? Have you found any resources that have been helpful? Join us for great conversations as we share information and support one another.

Please use the “Sign Up” link below and you will be emailed a zoom meeting link for each meeting. Please email Patrice if you want to learn more about this group. pbaker@familiesfirstseacoast.org

Also: If you are a grandparent or kinship caregiver and you need information about resources available to you, please call JoAnn, Kinship Navigator, at (603) 422-8209 or email jclement@familiesfirstseacoast.org

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FAMILY PROGRAMS AND PLAYGROUPS

Family Morning Out Portsmouth

Mondays, 10-11 a.m.

Community Campus playground, Portsmouth | Free

The first half hour is for playtime on the playground, and then we will gather for stories, songs and snacks together.  (Bring your own snacks and picnic blankets, please.)

The playground is located at the rear of the Community Campus Building at 100 Campus Drive in Portsmouth. Parking is available at the front of the building and access to the playground is around to the left side. Masks are required for unvaccinated adults. (The building can only be accessed by staff so please be prepared not to use the bathrooms unless your child is in need and then a staff member can assist your child).

The playgroups will be held in fair weather only. Check our Facebook page for cancellation announcements, which will also appear on our website homepage in the bottom right corner.

This group is free and open to all parents, grandparents, caregivers & children ages 6 and under. No registration necessary.  We are looking forward to seeing you in person this summer!

Family Morning Out Somersworth

Fridays, 10-11 a.m.

Idlehurst School, Somersworth | Free

In-person playgroups are back! Join us at the Idlehurst School Kindergarten playground this summer (or indoors in case of rain).

The first half hour is for playtime on the playground, and then we will gather for stories, songs and snacks together.  (Bring your own snacks and picnic blankets, please.)

The playground is located in front of the school, and you can park in the main lot in front of the school. Masks are required for unvaccinated adults. (The building can only be accessed by staff so please be prepared not to use the bathrooms unless your child is in need and then a staff member can assist your child).

Check our Facebook page for cancellation announcements, which will also appear on our website homepage in the bottom right corner.

This group is free and open to all parents, grandparents, caregivers & children ages 6 and under. No registration necessary.  We are looking forward to seeing you in person this summer!

Family Swim at the Portsmouth Y

Friday, July 30, 5-7 p.m.
Friday, August 13, 5-7 p.m.
YMCA of the Seacoast, Portsmouth | Free

We are partnering with our friends at the YMCA of the Seacoast at 550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth, NH to offer a family swim night. This event is open to all parents, caregivers, and grandparents with their children of all ages. Bring sunscreen, water and towels. No inflatables allowed. Join us at the pool to cool off and connect with one another!

Learn more about the YMCA at (603) 431-2334 x2503 or www.graniteymca.org

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Connect with Us and Our Parent Community

  • Get help creating a Parent Education Plan to meet your individual needs. Contact Patrice by email or at 603-422-8209.
  • Sign up for a one-on-one  Parenting Chat (phone call or Zoom) to talk about any parenting questions or challenges you are facing. Email Parkie to schedule.
  • Join our ParentsConnect Facebook group You are not alone! All parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to join this online community.
  • Subscribe to our Family Focus e-newsletter (monthly) for info on upcoming parent and family programs, parenting tips and ideas, useful links and more.