PREGNANCY AND INFANTS
- FIRST STEPS, a program to help low-income pregnant women access health and social services. Available throughout pregnancy until baby is 2 months. For more, call Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital at 575-8160.
- LA LECHE LEAGUE. Education and support group for breast-feeding mothers and mothers-to-be; children are welcome. Daytime meetings are held at 9 a.m. the fourth Thursday of the month; call for location. Evening meetings are held at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Cascade Women’s Health, 1601 Creekside Loop, just off 40th & Washington avenues, Yakima. Meetings are free; LLL International membership is not required. For help or questions, call Denita at 575-3715; or Katy at 248-2610.
- MOM & BABY, a discussion group for moms with infants under 1 year. Bring your baby. Free. Meets Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Community Education in the Nob Hill Plaza, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima.
- PATHWAYS TO PARENTING. Maternity counseling program through Catholic Family & Child Service, 5301 Tieton Drive, Suite C, Yakima; 509-965-7100 or 800-246-2962.
- PREGNANCY LOSS SUPPORT. Parent support and mentoring for those recovering from miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death. Offered by Resolve Through Sharing Bereavement Services at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 509-575-8298.
- YOUNG LIVES, a Christian-based mentor program and support group for pregnant or parenting teens. Call Lanette Hooper at 509-452-6376.
- BONDING AND ATTACH PROGRAM provides therapy and training for families who have children dealing with issues of grief, loss, abandonment, trauma, anxiety or attachment. Catholic Family & Child Service: 965-7100.
- STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM is offered three times a year for parents and youth ages 10-14. Includes dinner, childcare for children under 10, and sessions involving both parents and youth. Call Renee Slaven at Catholic Family & Child Service: 965-7100 or 800-246-2962.
- STRONG FAMILIES. Free parent training program covers topics such as modeling appropriate behaviors, self-esteem, positive discipline, family goals, household rules and consequences. For parents of children of all ages. Meets at Children’s Village. Childcare provided to age 12. To register, call Gretchen at 575-4858.
- VALLEY INTERVENTION PROGRAM (VIP) is a hands-on parent training program for children 6 and under and their parents dedicated to helping parents regain control of their children’s behavior. Catholic Family & Child Service: 965-7100 or 800-792-2962.
- VIDA SANA, a healthy life support group for Spanish-speaking mothers to discuss parenting, self-care, self-esteem and community resources. Meets from 10 a.m. to noon the third Friday of each month at Behavioral Health Services, 918 E. Mead Ave. Pregnant and parenting moms welcome; childcare available. For more, call Kayla Barnes-Patrick at 575-8160.
- CHILDCARE RESOURCE & REFERRAL can advise parents what to look for in quality childcare programs and help find childcare from an extensive provider database. Free telephone, online and in-person referrals. Call Camille at 965-7100, or 800-246-2962.
- EPIC CRISIS NURSERY provides 24-hour respite childcare for families under stress of crises such as illness, homelessness, job loss or domestic violence. For more, call 248-3950 ext. 428. After hours, call 454-1016.
- SEASONAL CHILDCARE. Catholic Family & Child Service offers free screening and authorization for subsidized childcare for parents employed in agriculture. Call Celia at 800-793-4453
- CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF PARENT EDUCATORS (CAPE). Home-schooling network offers newsletter, Web site, monthly parent meetings, field trips, special programs and parent support for Yakima Valley home educating families. Annual membership ranges from $25-$35. For more, call Jamie Hobbs at 966-2517.
- CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ADHD. 6:30-8 p.m. second Tuesdays. Support group for friends, family and teachers of children and adults with ADHD. Children’s Village, 3801 Kern Road. Call 833-4340, 910-0329, or 966-8957.
- DOWN SYNDROME SUPPORT, meets periodically at Children’s Village. For more, call 574-3260.
- HISPANIC SOCIAL, a group for Spanish-speaking parents of children with disabilities, meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month at Children’s Village. On-site childcare provided with advance registration. To register, call 574-3260.
- ONE 2 ONE, a recreation program for children with disabilities. Activities vary, call Children’s Village: 574-3260.
- SCRAPPIN’ AT THE VILLAGE, a scrapbook social for parents raising children with disabilities. Meets third Monday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Childcare provided with advance notice. To register, 574-3260.
- SIB SHOP, a support workshop for siblings of children with disabilities. Meets 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at Children’s Village. Registration required; call 574-3260.
- VALLEY PARENTS, a support and sharing group for parents raising children with disabilities, meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Children’s Village. On-site childcare provided with advance registration. To register, call 574-3260.
- WASHINGTON STATE FATHERS NETWORK, a support group for men who are vital in the lives of children with special needs. Meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, September through May. For more, call Spencer Hatton at 453-0310.
- YAKIMA AUTISM SUPPORT, a group for parents who are raising children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at Children’s Village. On-site childcare provided with advance registration. To register, call 574-3260.
FOSTER AND KINSHIP
- PARENTING THE SECOND TIME AROUND. A support group and workshop aimed at kinship care providers and foster parents. All parents welcome. Meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month at the Wapato Community Center, 1009 S. Camas Ave. For more, call Deanna Potter at 837-2345 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GRANDMOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS. A special table just for grandmothers during the MOPS meetings at the First Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Eighth Ave., Yakima. Meets from 9-11:15 a.m. first and third Fridays, September through May. Childcare is provided. Call Deidre Dellinger, 453-8397.
- COME JOIN US LUNCH. A lunchtime discussion group for female kinship care providers (women who are taking care of a relative’s child). Topics encourage care givers to care for themselves so they can better care for others. Locations, times vary. Call Lynda Wall, 965-4418.
- ONE HEART: KINSHIP CAREGIVER SUPPORT. Support group for caregivers who are parenting a relative’s child. Meets from 12-1:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays. Adults only; no childcare. Lunch provided. Casey Family Programs, 404 N. Third St., Yakima. Call Deidre Dellinger, 453-8297.
- OUT FROM UNDER/HOW TO COPE. Support groups for families and friends of chemical dependent parents. Discuss addiction and how to share feelings. Out From Under is for children ages 7 to 16 years; How To Cope group is for adults over 16 years. 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays. Triumph Treatment Services, 102 S. Naches Ave. Call Theresa Rawson, 248-1800.
- RIEL HOUSE. Six month in-patient drug treatment program for mothers who are pregnant or have children under age 6. Live-in program teaches parenting and life skills while undergoing dependency treatment. Call Kathy Davidson, 575-4810
- DIVORCECARE FOR KIDS. Support group for children ages 5-12 whose parents are divorced, separated or reconciling. The group meets weekly for 14-week sessions; kids can join the group anytime. Each week, the group will discuss a new topic, including anger, forgiveness and money smarts. Sponsored by West Valley Church in Yakima. For more information, call 966-1550, or visit yakimadivorcecare.net.
AND A FEW MORE
- BRAVE AT HEART. An activity group for women who desire a more active life and good friends. The group organizes activities such as a river float, hiking, walking/biking the Greenway and shopping excursions. Memorial Bible Church: 966-6500.
- PATHWAYS. A mentoring program for women who are in pain, feeling stuck and need a friend. Trained women are available to mentor at no charge. Memorial Bible Church: 966-6500.
- 2-1-1. Need help locating the right support or social service agency? Dial 211. Local, bilingual operators can point callers to appropriate agencies for health care, childcare, schools, housing, job training, recreation, retirement, disability and social service information. Call weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If 2-1-1 is not available from your phone, dial 1-877-211-9274.