Support Groups

Kinship Center hosts support groups for parents and youth in locations throughout California. Support groups are facilitated by Kinship Center social workers, therapists, program managers and other professionals to meet the specific needs of client families in Kinship Center programs. Some groups are also open to the public.

Interested individuals should contact the number provided, for details and to determine eligibility.
Monterey County
Santa Clara County
San Benito County
San Luis Obispo County
Southern California

Monterey County

  • Salinas PACT (Parenting Adoptive Children Together): A networking, support and education group for foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers; free experienced childcare provided. Meets bi-monthly. Contact: Gayle Ward (831) 455-4717
  • Support group for Birth Parents and Adult Adoptees: A networking and support group for birth parents and for adult adoptees. Meets on the last Wednesday of alternate months. Contact: Leigh Cecka (831) 455-4706
  • Relative Caregiver (“Family Ties”) Support Groups: Three networking, skill building, informative, recreational and support groups for relative caregivers in the Kinship Center Family Ties program. Salinas bilingual group meets weekly; contact Patty Ramirez (831) 443-0662.  Greenfield bilingual group meets bi-weekly; contact Roberto Garduno (831) 443-0662. Seaside English group meets bi-weekly; contact Jann Malone (831) 443-0662.

Santa Clara County

  • Parent Support Group: Please call (408) 554-2550 for more information

San Benito County

  • Hollister PACT (Parenting Adoptive Children Together): A networking, support and education group for Hollister families who have adopted infants or young toddlers and for relative caregivers; experienced childcare is available for $5.00/family. Meets every other month. Contact: Nancy Murphy (831) 455-4705

San Luis Obispo County

  • Relative Caregiver (“Family Ties”) Support Groups: A networking, skill-building, recreational, support and education group.   Three groups meeting monthly – 2 in North County and 1 in South County. Contact: Marta Nielsen at (805) 434-2126

Southern California

  • For Support Groups in Southern California, click here
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