Groups -- Parenting

Parenting (General)

Champaign

God Embracing Mothers who are Single (GEMS) (2013, F,L)
This group is for single mothers of all ages and welcomes new moms at any time. GEMS provides support, resources, and encouragement for mothers and their children. Group meetings include a motivational biblical message, family dinner, child care (birth through high-school age), homework help, children’s programming, and occasional speakers. Meets 1st and 3rd Wed., 6:00-7:45 p.m., Windsor Road Christian Church, 2501 W. Windsor Rd., Champaign. Meeting dates for the beginning of 2016: Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and 17, March 2 and 16, April 6 and 20, May 4. For more information, contact Valena Claiborne.
Call: Valena Claiborne (217) 402-5088
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Local Website: windsorroad.org/gems/

Mom2Mom (2013 F,L)
This group is for moms with at least one child in the 5th grade or younger. The group provides support, encouragement, and time for discussion to help moms strengthen their relationship with God, and with their husbands, kids, and each other. This Christ-centered meeting includes a time of fellowship, sharing personal testimonies, and listening to speaker while enjoying brunch. Then we move into small group discussion, worship, and ministry. Limited childcare space is available at $4 per child (preregistration required). Meets Tues., 9:00-11:00 a.m., The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana.
Call: Katie Goulett (217) 384-3070
Email:
Local Website: thevineyardchurch.us
Write: Katie Goulett, The Vineyard Church, 1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

Mothers & More of Champaign County (2002 A,L)
This group provides mothers an opportunity to develop connections with other women. These women may include stay-at-home moms, working mothers, mothers making transitions between work and parenting, and mothers who have altered their career paths to care for their children at home. The group provides educational meetings, parent-child activities, moms-only nights out, leadership opportunities, and e-mail discussion groups. Annual dues are $45, but interested people may attend two events before becoming a member. Scholarship opportunities also exist. Visit the website for more information. On Facebook, look for Mothers & More - Champaign County.
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Local Website: sites.google.com/site/mothersandmorechampaign258/
National Website: mothersandmore.org

Parent - Child Interaction Group (2007 F,P)
This group is for pregnant women and new parents. Parents get feedback from other parents, and discussions include child development, parental stress, and other topics. Child care is available. Meeting days and times vary. Call or visit the website for current information.
Call: Crisis Nursery (217) 337-2730
Local Website: www.crisisnursery.net
Write: Parent - Child Interaction Group, Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801

Parent Support Group (2007 F,P)
This group is for mothers and fathers. Kids cannot attend the group but child care is available. Parents get feedback from other parents and discussions include child development, parental stress, and other topics. Meeting days and times vary. Call or visit the website for current information.
Call: Crisis Nursery (217) 337-2730
Email:
Local Website: www.crisisnursery.net
Write: Ann Ambrose, Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801

Parent Support Group for Children in the Legal System (2016, F,L)
This support group allows parents to connect with other parents who have youth involved in the justice system and learn strategies to help yourself and your child. Meets 1st Thursday, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Youth Assessment Center, 402 Randolph, Champaign.
Call: Gabriela Quijada/Rebecca Woodard (217) 239-5933
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Parent Wonders (1990 A,P)
This program partners with families to nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early-childhood years and to enhance the positive development of young children. The organization serves parents who reside in rural Champaign County (excluding Champaign, Urbana, and Mahomet) who have children from birth to 36 months. It focuses on at-risk pregnant women and parenting teens and families who have the greatest needs. Support and parent education is provided through a variety of programs, such as one-on-one consultations and home visiting services. Special programs are available for pregnant and parenting teens.
Call: Felicia Gooler, Developmental Service Center (217) 359-0287
Email:
Local Website: dsc-illinois.org
Write: 1304 W. Bradley Ave. Champaign, IL 61821

Parenting with Love and Limits (2009 A,P)
This program is committed to helping improve family communication and to offer parents step-by-step tools they need to stop teen's extreme behaviors of disrespect, ditching school, violence, alcohol or drug use, sexual promiscuity, or threats of suicide. This is done through individual family sessions and group therapy sessions. Group sessions are free and are held at either The Prairie Center in Urbana or The Juvenile Detention Center in Urbana. The program is for teens 10-17 years old, and their families. Call for a brief intake interview before attending the group.
Call: Leon Bryson Jr. (217) 328-4500
Email:
National Website: gopll.com

Rainbows For All Children (1983 A,P/L)
This program offers groups to help children who are grieving the loss of a parent or guardian due to death, divorce, deployment or other loss. Contact Rainbows to find groups.
Call: (847) 952-1770
Email:
National Website: rainbows.org
Write: Rainbows for All Children, 1007 Church St., Ste. 408, Evanston, IL 60201

Support Group for Pregnant Mothers and Mothers Raising Infants (2011 A,P)
This group is funded by the Beyond Blue grant which comes from the Champaign County Mental Health Board. The program exists as a support to mothers in Champaign County who may be at risk for postpartum and perinatal depression. It is a supportive and confidential space for mothers to share the ups and downs they are experiencing. Groups meet at Crisis Nursery and in rural areas such as Rantoul and Tolono at varying times throughout the year. Child care is available and the groups are always free. Contact Crisis Nursery or check the website for specific dates and times. No prior registration necessary.
Call: Ann Ambrose (217) 337-2730
Email:
Local Website: www.crisisnursery.net
Write: Ann Ambrose, Crisis Nursery, 1309 W. Hill St., Urbana, IL 61801

The Family Table (2013 A,P)
This group has round table discussions on family issues such as life skills, relationships, budgeting, surviving through difficult times, and using community resources. The group's goal is to strengthen families. Each quarter a new group meets for four weeks. Childcare is provided. Meets Thurs. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Family Advocacy of Champaign County, 310 W. Church St., Ste. 103, Champaign.
Call: Grace Mitchell (217) 607-0546
Email:
Local Website: family-advocacy.org
Write: Family Advocacy of Champaign County, 310 W. Church St., Ste. 103, Champaign, IL 61820

McLean

Heart-2-Heart (2003 F,P/L)
Heart-2-Heart is a 12-week group for young moms to come together and talk about parenting, healthy relationships, and how to protect their children from harmful people. Meal and childcare provided along with referrals to other services. Tues., 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., (please call to inquire about current session), Healthy Start House (on Children's Home + Aid campus), 1115 E. Taylor St., Bloomington.
Call: Earl Kloppman- (309) 808-9066
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Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Hyped-Up (Helping Young Parents Excel Under Pressure) (2008 F,P)
This is a fun group for parents with children ages birth to 5 years old. This group provides parents a way to de-stress and relax as they build relationships with other parents. Free child care and a light meal are provided. Meets Mon., 4:00-5:30 p.m., 1115 E. Taylor St., Bloomington.
Call: Earl Kloppman: (309) 834-5240
Email:
Local Website: childrenshomeandaid.org
Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State St., Bloomington, IL 61701

Strike Out Stress (SOS) Support Group (2013 F,P)
This group is for mothers to discuss parenting-related stress. Meets Fri., 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the Crisis Nursery, 403 S. State St., Bloomington. Light meal, free childcare and referrals to other services provided.
Call: Earl Kloppman: (309) 808-9066
Email:
Local Website: childrenshomeandaid.org
Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State St., Bloomington, IL 61701

The Butterfly Project (2009 F,P/L)
This group is for women and their children who have experienced, or are currently involved in some form of domestic violence. Meets Thurs., 5:30-7:00 p.m., Healthy Start House, 1119 E. Taylor, Bloomington. Childcare and light meal provided.
Call: Earl Kloppman: (309) 808-9066
Email:
Local Website: childrenshomeandaid.org
Write: Children's Home + Aid, 403 S. State St., Bloomington, IL 61701