The Family/Parent Support and Preservation programs offered by Child and Family Services of New Hampshire are designed to provide a wide array of support services to families throughout NH and portions of VT. These programs offer emotional support and practical solutions in managing family life, work with families who struggle with employment barriers and offer assistance to those who need in home assistance with parenting and household management. Other programs range from those designed to facilitate permanance for at-risk youth to support groups for parents to a program that assists families who have a child with a chronice health condition.



Babies and Parents Group @ The Childrens Place-- Meets on Friday's from 9:30pm-11:00pm. This group is for people who have recently become parents and would like to meet other new parents to discuss questions and concerns in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Nonmembers are welcome and no registration necessary. 
The Childrens Place, 27 Burns Rd., Concord, NH
For more information call (603) 224-9920



Circle of Parents--A support group for individuals currently parenting child/children. Explore discipline techniques, school behaviors, youth culture, goals and expectations, health and safety, communication and more. The group decides the topics and leads discussion.

Every Tuesday from 10:00am-11:30am
Franklin United Methodist Church, 88 Franklin St, Franklin, NH
Call: (603) 518-4210 for more information
This group is FREE and children are welcome



A support group that provides a source of help, compassion and -  most of all - understanding for individuals and families who have had someone they love die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. 
Facilitators, John & Lois Kesty lost their daughter to addiction 2 years ago and through their experience have a deep desire to ease pain for others who find themselves in a similar situation.
This is an open group, so feel free to share with others who may benefit.
Group meets the 2nd Thursday every month.

Time: 6:00pm
Location: Child and Family Services, 464 Chestnut St., Manchester, NH
Contact: Lois Kesty  603-325-5211 for more information and/or to register. 

Families Advocating Substance Treatment, Education and Recovery (FASTER Group) – Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Parents Group: – meets Tuesdays at 6:00pm. For more info contact Susan McKeown at (603) 668-4859 or Sue Allen, 475-1473 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Circle of Parents Support and Play Group: Free parenting support group at the YWCA, 72 Concord St., Manchester. You decide the topics, you lead the discussions,  connect with other parents for support, share information and experiences and learn about resources.  Group meets every Wednesday 10:00-11:30am; playgroup immediately follows when attendance allows - 11:30am-12:15pm;  childcare and refreshments provided; free parking and elevator access available upon request;  for more information, contact YWCA  625-5785.

HEALING - Sexual Assault Support Group for Women: Every Wednesday evening, 6:30-7:30pm
YWCA, 72 Concord St., Manchester. Registration required contact 625-5785.
Child care provided free of charge

EMPOWERMENT - Domestic Violence Support Group for Women:  Every Monday evening  6-7:30pm
YWCA, 72 Concord St.,  Manchester, NH. Call for (603) 625-5785 for more information.
No pre-registrion required; Child care provided free of charge

Domestic Violence Support Groups for Latinas
Meets every Tuesday morning from 10:30-11:30am, YWCA, 72 Concord St., Manchester, NH.
Pre-registration is required by calling the YWCA at (603) 625-5785.

CODA (Co-Dependency Anonymous) meets every Thursday, @ 5:45pm.  Call (603) 203-1357 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group:  Connect with other grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Gain support, share experiences, get new perspectives, and exchange information and resources. Group meets 2nd Friday every month, 10:30-noon at Child and Family Services, 464 Chestnut St. (room 108).  For more info, contact Elizabeth Pederson, 851-1087 or 935-9008 or via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sexual Violence Support Group for Men:
Every Tuesday, call for times
Contact: Steven Durost, group facilitator (603) 625-0010

Positive Solutions for Families: 
A six week workshop for parents of preschool age children. Learn to understand your child's challenging behavior, gain strategies to help your child learn appropriate behavior and support your child's social, emotional skills.

Date: Tuesdays, January 16, 2018 - February 20, 2018
Time: 9:30 - 11:30am
Place: Boys and Girls Club, 555 Union St., Manchester, NH

Date: Wednesdays, March 7, 2018 - April 11, 2018
Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Place: The Family Place of Families in Transition, 177 Lake Ave St., Manchester, NH

Date: Thursdays, May 10, 2018 - June 14, 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Place: YWCA, 72 Concord St., Manchester, NH

For more information or to register; contact Rebecca Dargie at  (603) 518-4298 or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Free childcare, refreshemnts & transportation provided
Call to arrange for interpretation if needed



Ultimate FREE Play Date:  Connect with other parents while your child makes friends, learn socialization skills, has fun and bonds with you.
Family Resource Center of Greater Nashua @ Boys & Girls Club
7 Grand Ave, Nashua, NH
Group meets Tuesday morning from 9:30-11:00am (Play Date does not meet when Nashua Schools are closed).
Contact Mariela Richard, Child and Family Services (603) 518-4273 or via e-mail at r This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   to register. Pre-registration for this FREE program by Monday prior to each week's program is suggested.  



CFS is proud to announce that we are now subcontracted with Families First for a new DCYF grant,  beginning July 1, 2014.

Parenting Classes
Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Check website for topics. Registration required for class and free child care.
Families First Health & Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Parent-Child Playgroups 
Weekday mornings in Portsmouth, Epping and Exeter.
For infants, toddlers, two-year olds, preschoolers and mixed-age, with parents
Check website for times, ages and locations.
Families First Health & Support Center

Parent Groups 
Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group.  Check site for details:

Parent Recharge, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. Check site for dates
Families First Health & Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth







Other family education resources:

Salem Family Resources  (

Families First Health & Support Center, Portsmouth, NH  (

The Upper Room Family Resource Center, Derry NH  (

NH Home Visiting, Concord, NH  (

Family Support Network, Concord, NH  (

NH Children's Trust, Concord, NH  (




Parent education and support groups are provided throughout the state at various times of the year.  See specific listings for registration and contact information, and for further details on groups that interest you.  Most groups are free of charge.