Parenting/Family/Children Issues

Parenting/Family/Children Issues

Asperger's Support Group
A local support and education group in the Lehigh Valley for parents of children (ages 0-18) with Asperger's Syndrome/High Functioning Autism.

Camelot for Children Teen Support Group
2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA 18103
A group for teenagers and by teenagers.  The group is supported by the Camelot Staff and supervised by a Camelot nurse.  The Camelot Junior Board teens plan their own theme parties and activities.  Once a month on Friday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Camelot for Children Parents Network Group
2354 W. Emmaus Ave., Allentown, PA 18103
An informal networking group for parents of any child with a special need--regardless of their circumstances.

Center for Humanistic Change
100A Cascade Drive, Allentown, PA 18109
Educational Support Group Weekday Club--provides a small group environment (8-10 students) in which educational information can be exchanged.  The primary focus is on promoting resiliency and building assets to encourage school success and leadership skills.  Education Support Group Focus--uses selective interventions to target middle school and high school students who are at greater-than-average risk for substance abuse.

Club Ophelia 
401 Chestnut Street, Emmaus PA 18049
Club Ophelia addresses the ever present problems of relational aggression or "girl bullying."  This can include but is not limited to: harassment, exclusion, bullying, threatening, cyber-bullying, text messaging, physical aggression, etc.  These types of behaviors are often subtle and go undetected by parents, teachers, and counselors in school.  Club Ophelia is a group for girls, ages 10 to 15, facing these issues and is led by therapist, Jodi Merrill, MA. 

Confront/Treatment Trends Inc.
Support for parents of children who were sexually abused.

Empowering Our Youth Group
Crime Victims Counsel
801 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18101
Allentown: 610-437-6610
Easton: 610-250-6313
Support for young people.  Group discussions: body image, eating disorders, sexual assault, date rape, etc.

Multiple Disabilities Parent Support Group at Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit
610-769-4111, ext 1268
This support groups was started this year to address the concerns of parents who have children with multiple physical disabilities.  The group is held on a monthly basis and is facilitated by a social worker and a speech therapist from CLIU#21.  Groups are held at the main office of CLIU#21 in Schnecksville are offered during the day and in the evening.  There is no charge to participate.  Since the group has formed, various topics have been presented by guest speakers.  Some topics include Communicating with Your Child, Creating Your Child's Own Sensory Bin, Fun with Computers, and Safe Feeding Practices.  Groups also focus on informal information sharing as well as developing a support network for parents.  Next school year's topics will be determine by the needs of the group members.  If you are interested in receiving mailings on these groups, please contact the group facilitator, Maia Geiger, at the number above.

802 W Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Hand to Hand Education Program
Eight week program designed to help families of children and adolescents with mental, behavioral, and emotional difficulties.

Parent to Parent of PA
6340 Flank Drive, Suite 600, Harrisburg, PA 17112
Links together families of children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

Parents Without Partners
An organization that is devoted to the interests of single parents and their children.  It offers support and networking opportunities.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance
Hotline for families in need of assistance in coping with daily stress.

Pinebrook Family Services Parenting Classes 
402 N. Fulton St., Allentown, PA 18102 
For information related to parenting classes, please contact Pinebrook Family Services

24 hr hotline for individuals who need to talk to someone about their problems.

Your Baby’s First Year
Support for parents with children under the age of one.