Parent Resources, Breastfeeding Support, Playgroups and More

Breastfeeding Support Groups

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUPS IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER

Breastfeeding support groups

Annapolis. Call 443-481-5555 to register by phone or register online at link under Family/Birth.

BACK TO WORK/BREAST FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

Meets monthly at Big Vanilla; affiliated with AAMC.

Pasadena. 443-481-6985, aahs.org/events/pdfs/support_groups.pdf.

BREASTFEEDING WORKS

Breastfeeding classes, support groups, and private consultations

Severna Park. 410-533-5343, breastfeedingworks.com.

LA LECHE LEAGUE OF MD-DE-DC

Groups meet in Annapolis, northern Anne Arundel County, Columbia and other areas. lllofmd-de-dc.org/Groups.html

LACTATION SUPPORT GROUP AT BWMC

Mothers share breastfeeding successes and challenges. Led by certified location consultant. 

Glen Burnie. 410-595-1782, mybwmc.org/lactation-support-group.

SPECIAL BEGINNINGS BIRTH AND WOMEN'S CENTER

Breastfeeding and milk expression classes

Arnold. Call 410-626-8982 for more information.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS IN CALVERT COUNTY

CALVERT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Breastfeeding basics and support.

Prince Frederick. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012 ext. 8233 for info.

NURTURING NECESSITIES AT CALVERT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Resource for expecting and new mothers that provides breastfeeding education and support.

Prince Frederick. Call 410-414-4819 or 410-535-8233.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS IN HOWARD COUNTY

MARYLAND LA LECHE LEAGUE

Columbia 301-421-1177, 240-298-4903, or call 877-4-LA-LECHE.

 

Find additional health-related support groups in Maryland for parents here.

General Support Groups for Parents in Maryland

Crisis Hotlines

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CRISIS WARMLINE

A 24/7 number to reach resources for support and services for Anne Arundel County residents, through the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency. The "Community Warmline" number.
410-768-5522, aamentalhealth.org/pr_warmline.cfm

CALVERT COUNTY CRISIS HOTLINE

Crisis hotline available through the Calvert County Health Department Crisis Intervention Center.
410-535-1121, 301-855-1075. Teen Helpline: 410-257-2216

CHESAPEAKE HELPS

Free, confidential information and referral to local resources for residents of Queen Anne's County.
866-722-HLPS (4577), chesapeakehelps.org.

HOWARD COUNTY GRASSROOTS CRISIS INTERVENTION/MOBILE CRISIS TEAM

Open 24/7 for crisis services for adults and youths. Also helps operates the Mobile Crisis Team that responds in Howard County or for Howard County residents.
410-531-6677, 410-531-6006

HOWARD COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE

A 24-hour sexual, dating, and domestic violence helpline.
410-997-2272, 800-752-0191.

MARYLAND POISON CENTER

Expert advice on treating and preventing poisons and overdoses.
800-222-1222, mdpoison.com.

MARYLAND YOUTH CRISIS HOTLINE

One number accesses a crisis center hotline 24/7 in any Maryland region. Also offers online crisis chat services Monday-Friday, 4-9 p.m.
800-422-0009, help4mdyouth.org.

PARENTING HELPLINE

A toll-free hotline providing resources and referrals from nonprofit organization The Family Tree, which offers free parenting and family programs and services in Maryland to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
800-243-7337, 410-889-2300, familytreemd.org

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY CRISIS RESPONSE CENTER

Crisis services for ages 4 and older who need a counselor in Prince George's County.
301-429-2185. 

SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS CENTER AND HOTLINE

A 24/7 hotline for victims of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse with victim advocates and short-term professional counseling available. Operated by the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.
410-222-7273, aahealth.org/programs/behav-hlth/sexual-assault

YWCA

Eliminating racism, empowering women.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County: 410-626-7800
Greater Baltimore: 410-685-1460.
24-hr crisis hotline: 410-222-7273, Domestic Violence hotline: 410-222-6800.


Hospital and Other Health Resources

ANNE ARUNDEL MEDICAL CENTER SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups for individuals and families covering perinatal loss, postpartum depression, diabetes, Down syndrome, stroke, MS, Lyme disease and other health concerns.
aahs.org/wellness, aahs.org/events/pdfs/support_groups.pdf.

ASK-A-NURSE

Anne Arundel Medical Center nurse advice line.
800-MD-NURSE, 443-481-4000, aahs.org/askaamc

BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups for different health challenges including diabetes, stroke and mental health issues.
mybwmc.org/calendar-date

CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS AT ANNE ARUNDEL MEDICAL CENTER

Education and support for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones.
Annapolis, 800-966-2619, aahs.org/cancer/support-groups.php

CANCER SUPPORT GROUP AT BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER

Monthly education and support for patients diagnosed with any type of cancer.
Glen Burnie, 410-553-8152, mybwmc.org/cancer-support-group-0

DIMENSIONS HEALTHCARE SUPPORT GROUP

Laurel Regional Hospital free public support groups include Alcoholics-Anonymous, Al-Anon, Bipolar, Nar-Anon and Narcotics Anonymous. Prince George's Hospital Center Support Groups cover Alcoholic-Anonymous, Preemie Support and Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse.
dimensionshealth.org/index.php/calendar-of-events

ISABEL'S GIFT

Support for parents with babies in or just out of the NICU.
443-510-2672, 443-562-6303, isabelsgift.org.

JOHNS HOPKINS MEDICINE SUPPORT GROUPS

Health care support groups cosponsored by Howard County General Hospital, including substance abuse, Alzheimer's caregivers, bereavement, asthma, cancer, depression, loss of a baby and others.
hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital/classes_events/ongoing_support_groups_hcgh.html.

LIVING WITH DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP

Monthly support group at BWMC Glen Burnie location for people with diabetes and their families.
410-787-4940, mybwmc.org/living-diabetes-support-group

MAN-TO-MAN PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Prostate cancer recovery and prevention support group meets at American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge on Lexington St., Baltimore.
410-547-2522, umm.edu/patients/support-groups

STROKE SUPPORT

Information about stroke recovery and prevention. Meets at BWMC Glen Burnie location.
410-787-4732, mybwmc.org/stroke-support-group-8

SHORE REGIONAL HEALTH SUPPORT GROUPS

Various health support groups including cancer, diabetes and stroke.
umshoreregional.org/news-and-events/shore-regional-health-events-calendar

WELLNESS HOUSE OF ANNAPOLIS SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups for caregivers of those with cancer, survivors, and children with family members who have cancer.
annapoliswellnesshouse.org/programs

 


Bereavement/Hospice

CHESAPEAKE LIFE CENTER

Support groups and counseling for adults and children who have experienced loss, including infant loss, late-term pregnancy loss. Operates in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.
410-987-2129, 888-501-7077, chesapeakelifecenter.org

CALVERT HOSPICE

Support programs for family members, including children, grieving the death of a loved one one and care for those living with a serious, life-threatening illness.
Prince Frederick, 410-535-0892, calverthospice.org

CHANGING FOCUS

Professionally led groups for adults experiencing marital separation or divorce, death of a spouse or looking to build healthier relationships. Meets in Crofton and Columbia/Ellicott City.
410-721-0992, changingfocus.org

GILCHRIST HOSPICE

Grief support and counseling services in Central Maryland for families who have suffered a loss. Also offers perinatal and infant loss support services with Chesapeake Life Center in Baltimore and Howard counties.
443-849-8200, gilchristhospice.org

HOSPICE OF THE CHESAPEAKE

Support and guidance for families in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties coping with a life-limiting illness in a child or other family member and counseling for children grieving a loss.
410-987-2003, 877-462-1101, hospicechesapeake.org 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CENTER FOR INFANT AND CHILD LOSS

Grief support, counseling, workshops and special events for families who have experienced infant and child loss.
410-706-5062, infantandchildloss.org


Parenting/Family Support

ALZHEIMER CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

Monthly support group for Alzheimer caregivers meetings the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Meets at Calvert Library Prince Frederick. 410-535-0291,calvert.lib.md.us

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Partnership to link Anne Arundel County residents to health, education and human services resources. Systems of Care provides information and support to connect children, youth and their families to appropriate community resources.
410-222-7423, 800-485-0041, aacounty.org/Partnership/index.cfm

CHANGING FOCUS

Professionally led groups for adults experiencing marital separation or divorce, death of a spouse or looking to build healthier relationships. Meets in Crofton, Ellicott City/Columbia and north Baltimore County.
410-721-0992, changingfocus.org

DIVORCE CARE

Nondenominational, biblical-based teaching and support group to help recover from separation and divorce. Meets Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Riva Trace Baptist Church, Annapolis. 
410-798-4868, rtbc.org/divorce-care

FAMILY SUPPORT CENTERS

State network of centers providing free, comprehensive services for parents and children birth to age 3, including health education and referral, peer support and parent education. Includes an Annapolis location. Umbrella organization Maryland Family Network also provides child care resource network and other services.
410-269-4478, 410-659-7701, marylandfamilynetwork.org/programs-services/family-support-network

KINSHIP CARE SUPPORT RESOURCES

State support and information for caregivers of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, younger siblings and others who are related but not a biological child.
dhr.maryland.gov/foster-care/kinship-care

NATIONAL FAMILY RESILIENCY CENTER

Support for families going through changes such as marriage, separation, divorce or remarriage. Parenting seminars in Howard and Prince George's counties, FamilyConnex program for co-parenting parents, and KidConnex to help children and teens. Other services available. Headquartered in Columbia.
410-740-9553, nfrchelp.org

PARENTING HELPLINE

A toll-free hotline providing resources and referrals from The Family Tree, which offers free programs and services in Baltimore, Howard, Harford and Prince George's counties to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
800-243-7337, familytreemd.org

PARENTS WITHOUT PARTNERS

Nonprofit dedicated to single parents and their children.
parentswithoutpartners.org

PFLAG OF ANNAPOLIS/ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

Support and resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, their families, friends, and allies. Includes support groups for teens and friends/family, events, legal and health resources and more.
pflagannapolis.org

PFLAG OF COLUMBIA/HOWARD COUNTY

General meetings, trans parent support, play groups for trans and gender creative kids, and other gatherings for families and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
443-718-0474, pflagmd.org

YWCA

Programs, services and support to help empower women and eliminate racism.
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County: 410-626-7800, hotline - 410-222-6800, annapolisywca.org
Greater Baltimore: 888-978-5393, ywcagreaterbaltimore.org


Special Needs

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ASPERGER SUPPORT GROUP

Monthly meetings in Severna Park and advocacy for children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.
410-647-9502, aacaps.org

THE ARC OF CENTRAL CHESAPEAKE

Family and children’s services include Life Transition Series, educational advocacy and resource guides. Also applies for grants for funding for families.
410-269-1883, 410-268-8085, thearcccr.org

AUTISM-ASPERGER ASSOCIATION OF CALVERT COUNTY

Parent advocacy group to help families cope with the challenges of raising a child with an autism spectrum disorder. Has monthly educational meetings during the school year.
410-326-5050, autismspeaks.org/resource/autism-aspergers-association-calvert-county-aaacc

AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Baltimore-Chesapeake: 410-655-7933, bcc-asa.org
Support group meetings and other social and educational events.
Howard County: 410-290-3466, howard-autism.org
Online social network, parent education and support groups including for Asperger's.

AUTISM SPECTRUM SUPPORT GROUP OF SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Events, workshops, forums and meetings in St. Mary's, Charles and Calvert counties.
autismsupport-somd.org

CHADD - Children and Adults With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Anne Arundel County CHADD Speaker meetings in Severna Park plus social skills support group for middle school children. Also meets in Linthicum.
aaccochadd.org

Greater Baltimore CHADD Support groups for adults and/or parents in Baltimore and Howard counties; parent-to-parent training in several locations.
chadd-mc.org/greater-baltimore

Montgomery CHADD Parent, adult and workplace support groups and parent to parent and family training in Montgomery County locations.
chadd-mc.org/chapters/montgomery

Virtual Chapter of CHADD Online forum facilitates and promotes sharing information with sessions held virtually.
chadd.org/Support/Virtual-Chapter.aspx

800-233-4050

CISCO CENTER

Support groups, services and information for children and families with special needs, located in Severna Park.
410-647-1503, ciscocenter.org

THE PARENTS' PLACE OF MARYLAND

Workshops, links to resources and other special education and health information for parents of children with special needs.
410-768-9100, ppmd.org

PATHFINDERS FOR AUTISM

Free programs and services including monthly workshops, plus resource referrals to help improve the lives of people with autism and their caregivers.
443-330-5341, pathfindersforautism.org

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AUTISM RESEARCH CONSORTIUM

Monthly lecture series for parents of children with autism.
301-405-8561, autism.umd.edu

 


Substance Abuse Resources

AL-ANON/ALATEEN

Support groups throughout Anne Arundel County for family and friends of alcoholics.
410-766-1984, md-al-anon.org

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT REFERRAL

Referrals available weekdays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
410-222-0117, aahealth.org

FAMILIES ANONYMOUS ANNAPOLIS

Supports families and friends concerned about destructive behavior of those they are close to.
443-520-0268, faannapolis.weebly.com

HC DRUGFREE

Support and resources for parents and teens in Howard County to combat use of illegal substances.
443-325-0040, hcdrugfree.org

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

All ages meet in different locations on different days to help each other stay clean.
NA.org

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUPS

Support groups for family and friends of drug abusers meet in various locations and days throughout Maryland.
410-709-8715, area14naranon.com

 

Updated October 2016

 

 

Moms' Clubs and Playgroups

GROUPS IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

ANNAPOLIS MOMMIES

Provide a safe, secure, FREE place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers and to empower them to be better women, parents and community leaders. We offer local weekly meetups, playdates, and monthly MNO. We are open to all Mommies with kids of all ages. Find them on Facebook here.  www.themommiesnetwork.com/nationalforum

ANNAPOLIS MOM (MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES) 

Support for mothers of twins, triplets and high-order multiples. Meetings held every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held at St. Martins in the Field Church, located at 375 Benfield Road, Severna Park.

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY REC AND PARKS 

Seasonal playgroups for a variety of ages. Look online or consult a catalalog for more information. 

ART AND STORY TIME AT CHESAPEAKE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM 

Ages 5-2 years old w/caregiver, arts and crafts as well as puppets and play. 

Annapolis. Call 410-990-1993 for more information.

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Mon Aug 21, 2017 @ 6:00PM
Celestial Event of the Century, Baltimore
Mon Aug 21, 2017 @ 6:30PM
Back-to-School Bingo, Annapolis
Tue Aug 22, 2017 @12:00AM
Lakefront Summer Festival, Columbia
Tue Aug 22, 2017 @12:00AM
Moth Week, Owings Mills
Tue Aug 22, 2017 @10:00AM
Music from Around the World, Baltimore
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Education Connection: Design A Circuit, Baltimore
Tue Aug 22, 2017 @11:00AM
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