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• Abuse Counseling and Treatment Inc. Children's groups available for those who have witnessed domestic violence. 24-hour hotline: 939-3112.

• A Mom's Helping Hand of Southwest Florida Nonprofit support group for single parents. Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday and third Wednesday of every month at 3440 Marinatown Lane, Suite 201, North Fort Myers (top of the green stairs), 239-895-5341. amomshelpinghandofswfl.com

• Al-Anon Family Groups in Lee County: 274-1353.

• All Natural Parenting Group 10 a.m.-noon the first and third Monday every month, The Family Birth Center, 13650 Metropolis Ave., Suite 105, Fort Myers. 454-8288.

• Autism Support Group For parents and caregivers of children with autism. For meeting dates and times, contact April Sanchez at 369-3391 or 357-8788.

• Bereaved Parents of the USA Lee County Chapter Nonprofit, self-help bereavement support group for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Meets 7 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays each month, Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 701 Mohawk Parkway, Cape Coral. 945-3173 or bereavedparentsusa.org.

• The Birth Circle of Southwest Florida BirthNetwork A nonjudgmental forum to share experiences, ask questions, connect with the community, or just to listen and be a part of the experience. Meets 5-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. (Note that address recently changed.) 772-497-6324. swflbirthnetwork.org

• Breastfeeding Support Group The Lee County Health Department WIC holds a breastfeeding support group, 10-11 a.m. the second Saturday of every month. Cape Coral Hospital Birthing Suites waiting room, Cape Coral. 332-9615 or chd36breastfeedingteam@doh.state.fl.us.

• Business Among Moms Provides support, education and networking to moms running their own businesses in the Fort Myers area. Facebook.com/groups/bamfortmyers.

• C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Support Group For middle and high school students who have experienced a loss to suicide. Meets 7-8 p.m. on the first and third Thursday, David Weekley Homes McGrath Model, 3807 Chiquita Blvd. S., Cape Coral. Also meets at Living Word Ministries, 2900 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers. 540-1155.

• Celiac Disease Support Group of Lee County Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body reacts to the ingestion of gluten. Group meets at The Skinny Pantry, 11356 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Call Terry Foster, 935-5093 or e-mail terry@theskinnypantry.com.

• CHADD of Lee County Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder group meets every first Tuesday, with the exception of November and January, 7 p.m., Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. 466-1167 or 472-9758.

• Christian Home Educators of Southwest Florida Meets the second Monday of each month during the school year to support and encourage home-school families. Visit CHESF.org.

• Compassionate Friends for Bereaved Parents Provides support following the loss of a child or sibling. Meets 7:30-9 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers. 287-5968. meetup.com/compassionate-friends.

• DivorceCare A support group and workshop providing help and healing for anyone experiencing the hurt of separation or divorce. Childcare is available by advanced reservation. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, 8570 Cypress Lake Drive, south Fort Myers, 482-1250.

• Divorced Care Recovery group for separated or divorced with DVD and workbook support group. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5-Dec. 5. Cost: $12. St. Michael Lutheran Church, 3595 Broadway, Fort Myers. 939-4711. smlcftmyers.com.

• Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida Nonprofit organization that provides child care resource and referral, determines if families are eligible for child care financial assistance, provides Voluntary PreKindergarten registration and support child care providers in providing quality child care. Serves Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. 935-6100.

• Empty Nesters Support Group The effects of empty nest syndrome are very real and often include feelings of depression, sadness and grief. Life Coach Mir Lynne Pietrzyk offers guidance and support for parents through this new group. 6-7 p.m. $5. Your Life Enrichment Center, 8359 Beacon Blvd., Fort Myers. 253-2884. shiftandwakeup.com

• Fort Myers Mothers of Multiples A nonprofit support group for moms of twins, triplets and more. Expectant moms are welcome. Monthly meetings have educational speakers, play dates, moms' nights out, charitable projects, holiday parties and more. Working and stay-at-home moms welcome. Meets at 7:30 p.m. first Monday of the month at the March of Dimes office, 6314 Corporate Court, Suite 140, Fort Myers. fmmom.org or 462-1796.

• Free Fort Myers BeachLaughter Club Meets 8 a.m. Fridays. 614-216-9371 or Laughter Yoga Teacher Meg Scott at megscott35@yahoo.com.

• Grandparents and Other Kin Raising Grandchildren An informal group that meets the first Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m.-noon, at Dunkin Donuts, 1662 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. For information, call Loretta at 549-9927.

• G.R.I.P. (Grandparents Returning Into Parenting) This group helps provide relief and assistance to grandparents who have taken on parenting responsibility, helping with needs such as housing, food, clothing, child care, pet fostering, moving and scholarships. Meets 10-11:30 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Lee County Human Services, 2440 Thompson St., Fort Myers. 368-6666.

• Gulfcoast Homeschool Association Support group for home-school families. Meets regularly to discuss home-schooling, share concerns, provide fellowship and organize social and educational activities. Monthly park day held third Friday of the month at a Lee County park. Email: admin@gchsa.com. Online: gchsa.com.

• Hope Caregiver Support Groups Hope HealthCare Services offers free support groups for caregivers: 9-11 a.m. fourth Thursday of the month at Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers. 482-4673; 9-11 a.m. third Wednesday of the month at Hope Hospice Community Center in North Fort Myers. 985-7720; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, 444-4148; 2-3:30 p.m. every Saturday at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres, 333-4250.

• La Leche League Provides breast-feeding information and support. Pregnant women and babies welcome. In Fort Myers, meets 7 p.m. the first Thursday at St. Hilary's Episcopal Church, Colonial and McGregor boulevards, Fort Myers. Call Jerri, 454-1350, or email jerrimouse@hotmail.com. In Lehigh Acres, meets 10 a.m. third Saturday at East Lee County Library, 881 Gunnery Road. Call Maria, 823-8219 or krmathman@embarqmail.com. For phone/email support only, contact Betsey at 481-8730, Michelle at 498-3095 or for Spanish, Lessie at 265-3266 or lessieveronica@hotmail.com. Website: lllflorida.com/web/fortmyersfl.html

• Mom2Mom Moms group that meets for play dates and Bible study, 9-11 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month through May (except second Tuesday of April). Child care and refreshments provided. Free. Daniels Road Baptist Church, 5878 Daniels Parkway, south Fort Myers. 481-2416.

• MOMS Clubs A nonprofit support group for stay-at-home moms. Activities include play groups, moms' nights out, field trips, park days, craft days and service projects. To find a chapter, e-mail International MOMS Club at momsclub@aol.com. Local clubs include: • Estero/Bonita Springs MOMS Club at bonitamomsclub@yahoo.com.

• MOMSnext A new ministry for mothers of school-aged children. Meets alongside the Mothers of Preschoolers group, 9:30 a.m.-noon the first and third Tuesday of each month September-May. New Hope Presbyterian, 3825 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 274-1230. mops.newhopefortmyers.org/momsnext.

• MOPS of Cape Christian Fellowship Support group for moms with young children; meets 9:15-11:45 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd S., Cape Coral. $5 includes child care, speaker and craft. Cara at 804-893-7051 or mops@capechristian.com.

• MOPS of Covenant A non-denominational group of moms; meets 9:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2439 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. 565-5489 or 334-8937.

• MOPS of First Assembly West This group for moms with young children meets 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month, September-May at First Assembly West, 121 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. 458-0813.

• MOPS of First Baptist Church Call 495-0127 for more information.

• MOPS of New Hope Support for moms of young children. Meets 9:30 a.m.-noon the first and third Tuesday, Sept.-May at New Hope Presbyterian, 3825 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Child care available. 274-1230, mops@newhopefortmyers.org or mops.newhopefortmyers.org.

• One in a Million Special Needs Support Group A group organized for and by parents of special needs children in Southwest Florida. All abilities welcome. facebook.com/oneinamillionswfl.

• Parenting Children with Special Needs Hosted by The Epilepsy Warriors Foundation, this support group is for all families who have a child with special needs, including epilepsy, Dravets Syndrome, diabetes, mitochondrial, Downs Syndrome and cerebral palsy. Reservations requested. Meets 6:30-8 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. Lakes Regional Library, Meeting Room B, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers. 533-4000. info@epilepsywarriors.org.

• Parent's Group and Babywearers Meets 1-3 p.m. the first Thursday of each month. Baby Love Birth Center, 3046 Del Prado Blvd. S. No. 2E, Cape Coral. 540-9010.

• Parents of Bipolar Children A support group and support service organization for families and loved ones of children with mental health issues. Support meetings start Jan. 12 in Cape Coral and Jan. 13 in Fort Myers. Call Tinna Rubin, 313-5664, parentsofbpkidzlee@yahoo.com.

• Pediatric Diabetes Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday at East County Regional Library. 368-8388.

• PEP (Postpartum Emotional Perseverance) Group A support group for women suffering from postpartum depression. Meets 9:30 a.m. every Thursday at 1342 Colonial Blvd., Building K, Suite 114, Fort Myers. $15 fee per group. 313-6938 or christyfalco.com.

• P.F.L.A.G. Gulf Coast Support Group For parents, friends and families of gay, lesbian and transgender persons. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, 898-6124 or pflag.org.

• Safe Choices Support group for families with food allergies. Contact Amy Brocious at safechoicesnaples@yahoo.com.

• SMART Recovery A self-help recovery program for individuals with addictive disorders of all types. Meets 5:30-7 p.m. Fridays. Registration not required. Meets at Southwest Florida Addiction Services Outpatient Treatment and Detoxification Center, 3763 Evans Ave., Fort Myers. 332-6937 or smartrecovery.org.

• Southwest Florida Rainbows Chapter Profound Loss Support Group An international organization providing a bridge to emotional healing for children, adolescents and adults in confronting death, divorce or other painful family transition. Rainbows is for elementary school students and is broken into four age groups 5-14. Spectrum is for high school students. Kaleidoscope is available for adults 19 years and older. Prism is a peer support group for single and stepparents. Each group facilitator is certified. 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday, April 1. Free. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs. 287-5968. meetup.com/S-W-Florida-Rainbows-Chapter.

• Valerie's House Offers grief support groups for children and parents in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. valerieshouseswfl.org

 

COLLIER COUNTY

• Al-Anon Family Groups In Collier County: 263-5907.

• Compassionate Friends for Bereaved Parents This group provides support following the loss of a child or sibling. It's never too early and never too late to reach out. Meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month. Free. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Road, Naples. 287-5968. meetup.com/Compassionate-Friends.

• Crazy For You For working moms with infants ages 6 months to 1 year, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturdays. $40 for four weeks. Youth Haven, 5867 Whitaker Road in Naples. 774-2904.

• Domestic Violence The Shelter for Abused Women & Children offers several support groups for victims and survivors of domestic violence in Naples, Immokalee and Bonita Springs. Child care is available for select groups. 775-3862 or naplesshelter.org.

• Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization that provides child care resource and referral, determines if families are eligible for child care financial assistance, provides Voluntary Prekindergarten registration and supports child care providers in providing quality child care. Serves Collier, Lee, Glades and Hendry counties. 935-6100.

• FACES Inc. Florida, Adult & Community Enrichment Services in Collier County provides psycho/social rehabilitation groups for ages 6-18. 403-9400.

• Florida Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-500-1119

• Headache Center Support Group Meets 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month in the cafeteria at Physicians Regional Medical Center, 6101 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. RSVP to Jo Anne Ewing, 348-4098 or joanne.ewing@pmc.hma.org.

• Homeschoolers of Collier County Meets at various locations every Friday. All home-schoolers and those interested in learning more about it are welcome. Call 513-3721 or go to homeschoolersofcolliercounty.com.

• La Leche League Provides breast-feeding information and support. Pregnant women and babies welcome. In Naples, meets 10 a.m. second Friday of the month at Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Parkway. Call Valerie at 353-2353 or email LaurieLLL@aol.com. On Marco Island, meets 10 a.m. second Thursday at Marco Presbyterian Church Nursery, 875 W. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. Contact Kathleen, kirsta@earthlink.net, or Peggy, 642-4504. Visit lllflorida.com/web/NaplesFL.html.

• NAMI of Collier County The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a family support group for caregivers, family members and friends of individuals with a diagnosed mental illness. Meets 5:30-7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Free. NAMI office, 6216 Trail Blvd., Building C, Naples. 434-6726.

• Natural Parenting & Babywearing Get Together Meet other natural-minded moms and dads and discuss topics ranging from vaccines, circumcision, co-sleeping, holistic treatments, cloth diapering, babywearing and other aspects generally associated with "attachment parenting." Meets 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. EcoBaby & Home at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 150, Naples. 596-2661.

• MOPS of North Naples This Mothers of Preschoolers group meets 9:15-11:30 a.m. the second and fourth Wednesday (September-May) at North Naples United Methodist Church, 6000 Goodlette Frank Road, Naples. Cost, $7. Childcare available. 593-7600.

• MOPS of Center Pointe Meets the first and third Wednesday, 9:15-11:30 a.m., September-May, at Center Pointe Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. Child care available. First meeting free, $7 includes childcare, craft and speaker. 261-7486.

• MOPS of First Baptist Meets at the First Baptist Church, Naples. 495-0127.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County Inc. Family support group for caregivers, family members and friends of people with a diagnosed mental illness, 6-7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. NAMI, 6216 Trail Blvd., Building C, Naples. 434-6726.

• No Drama Mommas meetup.com/No-Drama-Mommas.

• Pregnancy Loss/Infant Loss Support Group Throughout the Avow Hospice offers three-week support groups for those who have suffered pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant. Avow also offers individual support. Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples. 261-4404. avowhospice.org.

• Safe Choices A support group for families with food allergies is forming. Contact Amy Brocious at safechoicesnaples@yahoo.com.

• Southwest Florida Share A chapter of National Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Inc., a group that serves those whose lives are touched by the loss of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first year of life. Meets 7-9 p.m. the first Monday of each month. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples. AnneMarie Randall, 298-9725, 455-5885 or annmarienaples@gmail.com. For details, visit swflshare.org.

• Tough Times A group therapy program for ages 13-17 who struggle with anxiety and depression. In order to qualify, teens must meet certain criteria determined through a clinical assessment. Meets 3:30-5 p.m. Mondays at Children's Outpatient Services Center at the David Lawrence Center, 6075 Bathey Lane, Naples. 455-8500.

• Valerie's House Offers grief support groups for children and parents in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. valerieshouseswfl.org

 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY

• Al-Anon Family Groups A fellowship of families and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. 941-426-7655.

• Diabetes in the New Millennium Support Group Public is welcome to attend the free monthly meetings normally held 10 a.m. the third Tuesday from November through May. Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda. 941-639-0001 or info83@embarqmail.com.

• Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland Nonprofit organization that provides child care resource and referral, determines if families are eligible for child care financial assistance, provides Voluntary PreKindergarten registration and supports child care providers in providing quality child care. 941-255-5856.

• Grandparents Raising Grandkids A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in the Port Charlotte area. Child care is provided during meetings. The church offers a free dinner for families at 5 p.m. Meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at Pilgrim Church, 24515 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte. For details, call 941-626-6215.

• Nurturing Relationships and Parenting Group Meets 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Charlotte County Family Services Center, 21450 Gibralter Drive, Port Charlotte. 941-815-0342, Bruce_ Sukennikoff@ccps.k12.fl.us.

• National Alliance on Mental Illness Charlotte County educational course for family members and caregivers of a person diagnosed with a mental illness or brain disorder. 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, The Early Learning Coalition, 3028 Caring Way, Suite 4, Port Charlotte. 941-613-2324 or elsie_yurchuk@ ccps.k12.fl.us.

• Valerie's House Offers grief support groups for children and parents in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry counties. valerieshouseswfl.org

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