Family Support Clubs & Groups

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 Divorce/Single ParentingGo to top of List
 
CHARLOTTESVILLE SEPARATION AND DIVORCE SUPPORT GROUP
Offers social support for individuals going through separation or divorce. For details, please click this link. 
 
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Offers a one-time TransParenting class about helping children adjust to the changes associated with family transitions and tools for parents to work together for the child's well-being. 1000 East High Street, Charlottesville.  For details, please click this link. 
 
MEDIATION CENTER OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
Offers formal mediation to help disputing parties resolve their conflict and a Co-Parenting Class for parents raising children in separate households. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Family NetworkingGo to top of List
 
PARENTING NETWORK OF CHARLOTTESVILLE (PNOC)
Parenting Network of Charlottesville.
PNOC: Parenting Network of Charlottesville, serves parents with children of all ages in the greater Charlottesville area as a networking and discussion forum. PNOC is a place to exchange ideas and information, and to network about activities and resources. All topics related to parenting are open for discussion. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
CVILLE WORKING MOMS
Cville Working Moms is a group for Charlottesville area women who are juggling the art of parenting with the work of earning a paycheck. Gatherings include a monthly lunch on a weekday, a playdate with children and partners/spouses (if applicable) on a Saturday each month, and we'll plan some evening Mom's Nights Out. For details, please click this link. 
 
FAMILIES UNITED THROUGH ADOPTION
Offering a full range of information and support for families interested in adoption. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8253. 
 
KIDS WITH DOWN SYNDROME
A Yahoo Group for local parents of kids with Down syndrome to connect. Go to yahoogroups.com, then search on dspconnect.
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to yahoogroups.com, then search on SpecialNeedsKidsOfCharlottesville.
 
 Family ResourcesGo to top of List
 
October 25, Saturday
JUST REWARDS DAY FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Senior Center, Home Instead Senior Care, JABA, UVA Health System.
This annual celebration of family caregivers includes workshops, massages, door prizes, lunch and free onsite care for family members. Senior Center, 1180 Pepsi Place.  10am-2:30pm, doors open at 9:15am.  $free.  Email: Christine.shaw@homeinstead.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 327-6283. 
 
COMMISSION ON CHILDREN & FAMILIES
CCF is a 22-member planning and advisory body to the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle. Citizen, community agency, local government, education, and university leaders work to improve outcomes for local children and families. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3550. 
 
Tuesdays
EXPECTANT MAMAS CAFE
Month 10 Postpartum Doulas.
Pregnant? New parent or caregiver? Have questions about your growing family? Want to connect with other new parents? If so, come meet with the postpartum doulas from Month 10. They will answer any questions, listen to stories and be a part of your growing family's support system. The postpartum doulas are able to help with such topics as newborn care, mother care, sibling/father transition, infant feeding, calming and comforting your baby, sleep and more. Cville Coffee.  Directions: 1301 Harris St.  12:30-1:30pm Tuesdays.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Month 10 Doulas.  Email: month10doulas@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 910-322-4169. 
 
JOURNEYS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
Children and adolescents need a safe place to express the grief, anger, and fear related to loss - thereby developing important coping skills. Offers art therapy bereavement support groups to help youth deal with grief and find that they are not alone. Throughout the year bereavement day camps provide opportunities for fun and healing with others who have experienced a loss. Recommended for ages 4 to 18.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
1st and 3rd Fridays
MOM & BABY MORNINGS
Spend the morning with other new moms & their babies in this informal group. Dads welcome too! We'll talk about feeding, sleeping, playing and much more. Some sessions will have set topics & speakers. Parking is free. Northridge Allergy Clinic Waiting Room - 4th Floor.  Directions: 2955 Ivy Road.  10:30am-12pm.  $Free.  Contact: Diane Sampson.  For more info call: 924-9920. 
 
PARENT RESOURCE CENTER
Serves families of children in special education in Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson Counties. The PRC operates on the philosophy that parents are a valuable resource in planning the education of their special child. Consulting, groups, classes, lending library, and more. 225 Lambs Lane.  Email: sblech@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9400. 
 
PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN
Provides families of children 0-6 with information about healthy development, family life, and available community resources. It is a partnership of many community organizations invested in making Charlottesville/Albemarle a healthy community for all families with young children. CYFS, 1000 East High Street.  For more info call: 220-5437 ext. 240. 
 
1st and 3rd Mondays
PFLAG BLUE RIDGE GROUP MEETINGS
PFLAG Blue Ridge.
Join us as we create a safe space to share experiences, joys, concerns, and resources in a confidential and non-judgmental environment. The 1st Monday of the month is our Gender Group with topics specific to parents and families of transgender youth. The 3rd Monday is our LGBTQ parents, family, friends, allies, and members Group. Most meetings are held in the Jefferson or McIntire Room Charlottesville - please check www.pflagblueridge.org to confirm location. JMRL Central Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  $Free.  Contact: Karen Barker.  Email: karenmeandering@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-3453. 
 
First Monday of every month
REMEMBERING OUR CHILDREN
Hospice of the Piedmont.
If you are a parent or family member who has experienced the death of a child, we invite you to join us for education about grief and loss, support and healing. Hospice of the Piedmont.  5:30-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 817-6900. 
 
STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
Students With Children.
Network with other parents who are also attending the University of Virginia. Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Call for location and times. Call for location and times.  Email: studentswithchildren@virginia.edu.
 
UNITED WAY INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTER
United Way provides free, confidential information and referrals to over 2000 local health and human service programs, including resources on child care, children's health insurance, food, health care, housing, support groups and other organizations. 806 East High St.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 972-1703. 
 
 Homeschool GroupsGo to top of List
 
ALBEMARLE COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS NETWORK
Silvia Barrett.
Open to all homeschoolers (and those considering homeschooling) in Albemarle county and the surrounding area, regardless of whatever other groups they are involved with. The idea is to have one central list that would allow members to invite people to join them for park days and craft times, list local community activities, form play and study groups and announce VHEA (Virginia Home Education Association) seminars or other information important to homeschoolers. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
BELMONT HOUSE OF LIVING CULTURE HOMESCHOOLING CO-OP
Belmont House of Living Culture.
Families with children between 5 and 6 years of age are invited to to come and check out a Homeschooling co-op!  Heading into its third year, the Belmont House of Living Culture currently has 3 spots open for any families interested in joining next year. For 2013/14, the co-op is planned for Monday/ Tuesday or Tuesday/Wednesday mornings from 8:30am-12:30 pm. The lead teacher Shell Stern will lead children through the rituals of the day and co-op parents switch off assisting (or leading depending on the activity) every three weeks. Some of the activities so far are building with cob, gardening, music, art, language exploration, science and nature activities, cooking and field trips. For a review of what the co-op has been up to over the past two years check out the blog - note that much has changed since the blog was created.  Belmont House of Living Culture.  8:30am-12:30pm on Monday/Tuesday OR Tuesday/Wednesday.  Contact: Estela Knott.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 293-6361. 
 
C.H.A.N.C.E. (CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS AIMING TO NURTURE CHARACTER & EXCELLENCE)
A homeschool co-op in Louisa County offering K-12 classes. The group is modeled after a successful co-op in Pennsylvania, and the focus of the group will be what the name implies: mothers coming together to aid one another in character and academic excellence for their children. Contact: Denise Dovel.  Email: denisedovel@softhome.net.
 
LOUISA AREA CHRIST-CENTERED HOME EDUCATORS
For more info call: (540)894-5225. 
 
LOUISA HOME SCHOOL FRIENDS
For more info call: (540)894-0647. 
 
Ongoing
ORGANIZATION OF VIRGINIA HOMESCHOOLERS
Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers.
A listing of homeschooling groups and networks in Virginia. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
REACH HOMESCHOOL GROUP
A large group that offers many educational, fun, and meaningful fieldtrips, workshops, seminars, meetings, and recreational events for students of all ages. Provides many opportunities for the homeschoolers in the community. Serves the areas of Fredericksburg, Orange, Culpeper, Madison, Greene, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, and surrounding areas. Contact: Wanda.  Email: sloper4@adelphia.net.
 
VALLEY HOMESCHOOLERS
Valley Homeschoolers is open to all homeschoolers and unschoolers in Waynesboro, Staunton, Crozet, Afton and the surrounding area. Make new friends, join or form playgroups, game days, or study groups, and have questions about homeschooling in Virginia answered. Join online! To subscribe, send a message to: valleyhomeschoolers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesdays
WALDORF INSPIRED SCHOOLING AT HOME (WISH)
WISH.
A group of families from Charlottesville and nearby counties interested in Waldorf-inspired school at home. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturday of every month
HOME SCHOOL DAYS AT THE FRONTIER CULTURE MUSEUM
Frontier Culture Museum.
Special programs for homeschoolers, in groups or family units. Frontier Culture Museum.  Directions: 1290 Richmond Rd, Staunton, VA 24401 Off I-81 North near intersection of I-64 in Staunton.  9am.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Larry Sabourin.  Email: larry.sabourin@fcmv.virginia.gov. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
 Just for FathersGo to top of List
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Just for MothersGo to top of List
 
Mondays & Tuesdays
ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
The Women's Initiative.
Learn about Alexander Technique, an education in movement, posture and the use of one's body in daily life. Emphasis is on learning ease of movement to reduce stress. Please call to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street, Charlottesville.  10am-12pm; individual 45 minute sessions.  $First two sessions are free, sliding scale thereafter.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.872.0047. 
 
Every Friday
FRIDAY REFRESH!
The Women's Initiative.
Ladies, join us for a warm welcome and companionship while enjoying a refreshing stroll outdoors. Call to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street, Charlottesville.  9-10:30am.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Lane .  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434.872.0047. 
 
H.O.M.E. MOMS GROUP
H.O.M.E. Moms Group.
We are a group of moms in Fluvanna County, Western Louisa County VA. and surrounding areas (formerly Moms Club of Troy) that meet to share ideas and support one another in the art of motherhood. We offer at home mothers friendship and support through lots of fun activities like playgroups, arts and crafts, monthly meetings, service projects,book club and MOMS night out. Children are ALWAYS welcome at all of our activities!! Call for location and times.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rachel Jones.  Email: home.club@yahoo.com.
 
Tuesdays
KNIT NOW - LEARN HOW
The Women's Initiative.
Join our knitting circle. We welcome new and experienced knitter to our group. Let us chat, work quietly, or listen to music while creating something fun and beautiful! The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High Street.  5-7pm.  $Free.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
Ongoing
MOMS CLUB OF CHARLOTTESVILLE - NORTH
The MOMS Club of Charlottesville-North is a nonprofit group that offers activities and support to stay-at-home moms and moms with a flexible work schedule. Please contact one of the membership people for a calendar of daily activities, including monthly meetings, speakers, playgroups, park days, crafts, outings, MOM's nights out, service projects to benefit children in need, and much more. All moms are welcome! Meets weekly, contact for day and time.  Email: cvillemoms4you@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
First and Third Thursdays of every month (except holidays)
POST-PARTUM SUPPORT GROUP
The Women's Initiative.
Join us in creating a supportive circle for moms. Call or email to register. The Women's Initiative.  Directions: 1007 East High St. .  6:30-8pm.  $free.  Recommended for ages 18 to 55.  Contact: Amy Lane.  Email: alane@thewomensinitiative.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 872-0047. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Ongoing, 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
WELCOME TO MOTHERHOOD
Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Share the ups and downs of this challenging time. Plan to bring your baby and relax with new friends who understand what being a new mother is really all about. Martha Jefferson Hospital, Anne Cary Conference Room.  Directions: 400 Martha Jefferson Drive.  10:30am to 12pm.  $free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-7009. 
 
 Kidsitting EventsGo to top of List
 
KIDSITTING
Need some time off to catch up on some errands or go out to dinner? Do you have a plan for when the kids are off from school? A few businesses around town offer extra special child care/recreation programs for just such occasions. All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 PlaygroupsGo to top of List
 
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month ongoing
BUMBLEBEES AND BUTTERFLIES PLAYGROUP
Stanardsville United Methodist Church.
A time for children ages 0-Pre-K to play, have story time, crafts and music in a Christian environment while moms have time to gather and share. some field trips and moms' nights out included at various times. Stanardsville United Methodist Church.  Directions: 29 north, turn left on 33. Turn right on 33 buisness and turn left onto Ford avenue. Church is located on Court street..  10 am unless otherwise noted.  $free.  Contact: Julie Nitzsche.  Email: jan2e@virginia.edu. For more info call: 990-8375. 
 
EARLY LEARNING PLAYGROUPS
Children, Youth & Family Services.
Early learning playgroups for children 0-6 from low-income families with their parents or caregiver: Come Play! Each week explore all of the many toys the Parenting Mobile has to offer: baby toys galore, shape sorters, puzzles, blocks, trains, scooters and more! Parks Edge, Southwood, Westhaven neighborhoods.  Times vary; call for information.  $free.  Contact: Hilary Nagel.  Email: hnagel@cyfs.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 296-4118 ext. 238. 
 
Every first Sunday of the month
ELA NA PAIXOUME! THE GREEK READING AND PLAYGROUP
This group meets every first Sunday of the month. Parents take turns reading books in modern Greek, and play traditional games and hang out! Prior exposure to Greek language helpful (there is no language instruction). The current group focuses on ages 3-7. 3-4pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 7.  Contact: N Hild.  Email: n@hild.org. Reservations are required.  For more info call: N/A. 
 
FLUVANNA MOTHER'S GROUP
Fluvanna Mother's Group is an organization that offers an open playgroup for children up to age 6 and their caregivers - moms, dads, grandparents and nannies. It provides an indoor play area for the children and an opportunity for caregivers to socialize. A variety of toys, including tumbling mats, tricycles, train sets, and blocks are available. Special events occur throughout the season, including an Easter egg hunt and an end-of-the year cookout. Carysbrook Gym.  Directions: From Charlottesville, take 64 east to exit 136, make a right off the exit onto James Madison Hwy. Located approximately 15 miles on the left near softball fields.  $free.  Recommended for ages 0 to 6.  Contact: Bridgett Respess.  Email: vakidgroup@yahoo.com. For more info call: 804-375-3356. 
 
Ongoing, Wednesdays
GERMAN PLAYGROUP
Instructor is a native speaker with extensive experience teaching young children. The kids learn through fun activities such as games, crafts, and songs. Call for location and times.  $free.  Recommended for ages 4 to 7.  Contact: Monique VanLandingham or Wendi Rushmann.  Email: moniquevanl@hotmail.com. Reservations are required.  For more info call: 295-4027. 
 
 Special NeedsGo to top of List
 
AREA 3 SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Special Olympics.
Area 3 Special Olympics offers sports activities throughout the calendar year, including basketball, soccer, bowling, swimming, skiing, gymnastics, track and field, tennis, volleyball and golf. Their goal is to provide children and adults with special needs an opportunity to participate, train, and compete in sports events in order to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience the joy that comes with involvement in community sports. Contact: Rose Ann Gamma.  Email: sovaarea3@yahoo.com . For more info call: 960-9331. 
 
BRIGHT STARS FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
Provides early learning experiences and comprehensive social supports for students and families that address risk factors that can lead to early academic failure. The schools hosting a Bright Stars Program are Agnor-Hurt, Cale, Greer, Scottsville and Stone-Robinson. For more info call: 972-4140. 
 
Second Friday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group and Blue Ridge Connection Care for Children.
Monthly meetings open to parents and family members of children with special needs in a relaxed, supportive environment with other parents. Flexible - come late or leave early if you need to. Drinks and light refreshments provided. Park in lot across the street from the church side doors, on Fendall Ave Enter through double side doors on Fendall. Parlor is first room on the right. First Presbyterian Church.  Directions: 500 Park Street. Entrance at back of the parking lot, near the extended portico. Senior High room, first door on right.  12:30-2:30pm.  $Free.  Email: CRAAG1@gmail.com. For more info call: 466-7511. 
 
Second Wednesday of the month
CHARLOTTESVILLE REGION AUTISM ACTION GROUP
Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group.
Commonwealth Autism Service has recently partnered with local agencies, schools and family members in the Charlottesville Region to initiate the Charlottesville Region Autism Action Group (CRAAG). Developed to help maximize "value added" autism services by bringing together local stakeholders, Autism Action Groups consist of members from local communities who have a desire to actively and collaboratively work toward providing quality services and resources for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The CRAAG supports all communities served by the Region 10 Community Services Board. Group participants include self-advocates, family members, educators, private and public service providers, and other concerned individuals. Region Ten Conference Room.  Directions: 504 Old Lynchburg Road.  10am-12pm.  Email: craag1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-736-9040. 
 
KIDS LAUNCH PLAY GROUP
Kids Launch Play Group is a play group geared towards children between 8-12 years old and on the autism spectrum. Contact: Maureen.  Email: mogiphel@gmail.com. For more info call: 249-7985. 
 
Third Wednesday of every month
MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Mom's Night Out for mothers of kids with special needs. Come on by to chat with other moms while we have dinner, coffee or dessert, or just to escape bath/bedtime duty for one night. If it's your first time joining us, look for the table with a little vase of flowers on it. Panera at Barracks Road.  6:45pm.  Contact: Jenny.  Email: jnnyrd@yahoo.com.
 
PIEDMONT REGIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM (PREP)
The Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) is a public regional organization designed to meet the needs of special education students. PREP now provides special education programming and related services to nine school districts under an umbrella of a regional program. The districts served are: Charlottesville City, Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Rappahannock County School Districts. PREP also supports a Parent Resource Center which provides information for parents of students with special needs. 225 Lambs Lane.  Contact: Dr. Mary McManus, Executive Director.  Email: mmcmanus@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 975-9400. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: DAY ACTIVITY SERVICES
Meadowcreek is a center-based, community integration program that provides training, support and supervision to adults with intellectual disabilities. The program aims to help participants acquire, retain and/or improve their self-help, social and adaptive skills through person-centered planning, behavioral support and assistive technologies. Access to Meadowcreek Center typically come from case management. Referrals are accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. Meadowcreek Center.  Directions: 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: Pam Fisher.  Email: pamf1@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
REGION TEN COMMUNITY SERVICES BOARD: RESIDENTIAL SERVICES
Region Ten offers three levels of residential services for individuals 18 or older who have a documented diagnosis of an intellectual disability: congregate, sponsored living and sponsored placement. Access to residential programs typically come from case management. Referrals accepted from local and state-wide ID case management. 2000 Michie Drive.  Contact: JoAnn Murphy-Osborne.  Email: joannm@regionten.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Last Tuesday of each month
SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP
Navigating the world of sensory processing disorder can be a challenge but joining us for a monthly support group meeting is a great way to share your story, gain perspectives from others, and tap into resources. Recognizing that sensory processing disorder comes in many shapes and sizes and often co-exists with other diagnoses, this support group is open to all adults. We ask that you leave your children at home so that we can discuss our thoughts and ideas openly and freely. Explorations Play Studio.  Directions: 1919 Commonwealth Drive.  7pm.  Contact: Sheila Chrobak.  Email: sheila.chrobak@gmail.com. For more info call: 327-7121. 
 
First Friday of every month
SPECIAL NEEDS GAME NIGHT
Spring Hill Baptist Church.
Game Night is for teens and adults with special needs. Play games, fellowship, socialize, participate in fun activities, share devotions and EAT! Everyone who comes should bring a favorite treat. It meets every month except July. Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Route 29 North to 2620 Frays Mill Road.  6:30-9pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 6 to 12.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS OF CHARLOTTESVILLE
This group is for parents, family members, friends, loved ones, and professionals of kids with special needs in the Charlottesville and surrounding areas. The group welcomes all who are interested in networking with other parents for information, resources, and those who wish to support other families with children who have special needs. Albemarle, Fluvanna, Green, Louisa, Nelson, Augusta, Orange, Madison, and other surrounding counties are all welcome. Go to yahoogroups.com, then search on SpecialNeedsKidsOfCharlottesville.
 
Fourth Tuesday of every month
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Strength in Numbers is open to anyone touched by someone with special needs. Our group meets to discuss and explore a variety of topics and issues related to families and special needs. Dover Foxcroft - 5690 Spring Hill Road, Ruckersville.  7-8:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Suzanne McDonald .  Email: strengthnnumbers1@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturday of the month, October-May
TAKE A BREAK: RESPITE CARE PROGRAM
Registration is required each month, but application forms need to be filled out only one time (unless basic information changes). Spring Hill Baptist Church.  Directions: Frays Mill in the Missions Hall, second floor.  4-7pm.  Contact: Liz Banning.  Email: specialneedsministry@springhillbaptist.org. For more info call: 985-5002. 
 
THE ARC OF THE PIEDMONT
Arc of the Piedmont improves the quality of life of infants, children and adults with, or at risk of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the lives of their families. They serve the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson since 1954. The Arc of the Piedmont provides service, advocacy and education to families, infants, children and adults with a wide range of support needs due to intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Their services include an Infant Development Project, Adult Activity Centers and Community Living Programs. 509 Park Street.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-4002. 
 
Therapeutic Recreation Program
THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
The Therapeutic Recreation Program is for individuals, ages 8 and up, with physical and or mental disabilities whose recreational needs cannot be met by regular programs. The goals of the activities are to improve self-esteem, health, social skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and independence while having fun. Staff participant ratio is usually 1 to 8. Contact: Mildred Spicer.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3764. 
 
Third Tuesday of every month EXCEPT June, July, August and December
TUNE IN: A SUPPORT GROUP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ADHD
Tune In is a parent-run support group for caregivers and parents of children and youth with ADD/ADHD. We will share resources and provide support, conversation, and camaraderie. Meetings alternate between an open discussion format and presentations/forums with local professionals in the field. Topics may include parenting strategies, summer planning ideas, classroom accommodations, managing transitions and other challenges, peer relationships, family dynamics, etc. Join our Yahoo group email list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TuneInCville or visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/315942275135484. Fontana Neighborhood Clubhouse.  Directions: Fontana Court.  7pm. 
 
VIRGINIA INSTITUTE OF AUTISM
The VIA, located in Charlottesville, accommodates up to 40 students. The Institute includes outdoor activities as well as facilities for life-skills training. It now hosts several interns and practicum students per year, as well as supporting multiple research studies annually.VIA's outreach work also continues to expand through its intensive home- and community-based intervention services as well as school consultation services. 1414 Westwood Road.  Email: information@viaschool.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 923-8252. 
 

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