Informal Parent-Support Networks

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NAMI
(833) 626-4244
NAMI Chicago hosts support groups for adults experiencing mental health conditions. These groups are led by trained “peers” who are also living with mental health conditions and create a safe space to talk about what’s going on. Groups are held in several locations across Chicago. Groups are currently held in-person and virtually. Groups are available in English and Spanish.


The Answer, Inc.
(708) 296-5651
The Answer Inc. is dedicated to providing support, resources, education, recreation, and advocacy for families in the greater Chicago area who care for family members with Autism & Developmental Disorders.


IDHS Parents Care and Share
(312) 424-0200
Parents Care and Share offers free weekly support group meetings for children, grandparents, and dads. These services aim to strengthen the parent/child relationship, promotes positive parenting, and healthy child growth and development.


Chicago Public Schools Parent University
(773) 553-3223
Parent Universities provide learning experiences to empower families to support their student’s academic success. Classes are free, and topics include understanding Common Core, GED, ESL, parenting skills, health and wellness, nutrition, understanding Microsoft programs, financial literacy, job search, and career development strategies.


JCFS Parent Support Group
(847) 676-0078
Response for Teens’ support groups give parents a chance to connect, share, and vent with our staff and other parents of teens.