Support Groups in our Community
Listed in two categories: those offered through the Rainbow Connection and others offered through individuals which are listed separately under Other Community Groups.Please contact me if you find any of the information is inaccurate or if you are aware of additional Support Groups available to the community that are NOT listed below.
Rainbow Connection Family Resource Center
On-going Support Groups:
We encourage you to attend one of the support groups listed at least once. You will be surprised at how much it will help you and how much you can help others. As there might not always be a support group available for a specific diagnosis, we try to provide a parent match upon request. To register to attend or for a copy of the current “What’s Happening at Rainbow?” schedule, please call 805 485-9643 or 800 332-3679
Autismo Support Group: Spanish Oxnard 7 – 8:30pm Families have discussions on issues related to raising children with autism. Meets 3rd Thursday of month.
Cerebral Palsy Support Group: Simi Groups meet separately in English & Spanish 9:30 – 11:00am Meets 3rd Monday of the month. Join other parents to talk about issues related to raising children with cerebral palsy and share resources and information.
Down Syndrome Support Group: Meets separately in English & Spanish Oxnard 7pm – 8:30pm Families have open discussions on issues related to raising children with Down syndrome. Meets last Thursday of the month.
G-tube/J-tube/NG-tube Networking: English & Spanish 6:30 – 8:00 Oxnard Does your child have a G-tube, J-tube, or NG-tube? Has it been suggested that your child get a tube? We look forward to sharing our stories of frustrations, fears, and successes (large & small). Meets 3rd Thursday of the month.
NICU Support Group: Groups meet separately in English & Spanish 6:30 – 8:00pm Oxnard Meet other families & share ideas of coping, photos, info, joy & triumphs. Pizza will be served! Families with babies in the NICU & NICU grads welcome. Meets 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Rainbow Moms Connecting: Ventura County English Come and enjoy a night out with other mothers of children with special needs. Meeting dates and times vary. MY BABY IS IN THE NICU NOW WHAT? English & Spanish A class for families & parents of current & NICU grad’s. Please join us on the first Monday of the Month from 10am-11am for NICU info and resources: Breast feeding info & tips; Car Seat info; Discharge planning; Strategies for NICU survival and more.
Rainbow Moms Day Out: Oxnard Spanish Come and enjoy time with other mothers of children with special needs and have a relaxing time. Typically meets 3rd week of the month. For more information or to RSVP please call Rainbow.
Santa Clara Support Group: (Fillmore, Piru) Spanish Families meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources. Meets 3rd Monday of the month 5:30 – 7:00pm. Parents Connection – Fillmore Spanish Families of children with special needs meet at Burger King to connect and share information. Meets 4th Monday of the month 10am – 11am.
Santa Paula Support Group: English Families meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources. Meets 4th Monday of the month 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Santa Paula Support Group Spanish Families meet to share the experiences they’ve had with their children with special needs and learn about resources. Meets 1st Monday of the month 5:30pm 7:00pm.
Sib Club: Oxnard 6:30pm – 8pm * For Siblings Only Games, Fun, Activities, for 5 – 14 years old siblings of children with developmental disabilities. Meets 1st Friday of the month.
Special Families Support Group: Spanish Oxnard 6:30pm – 8pm Meets 1st Friday of the month. Families share their experiences parenting a child with special needs.
Special Parents Network: English Oxnard 7pm – 8:30pm 3rd Wednesday of the month. Simi 9:30 – 11am 3rd Thursday of the month. Come and join us for a cup of coffee, learn about our resources and talk about issues related to raising children with special needs.
Special Parents Ventura County Networking Group: OnlineSpecial Parents is an online forum where parents of children with special needs can offer and receive support, referrals and information. This networking group provides families with a comfortable and convenient environment for exchanging ideas and resources on everything from medical visits to IEP’s. Simply activate a free YAHOO user ID and Password account to log into this forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SpecialParentsVenturaCounty.
Teddy Bear Brigade: Thousand Oaks 1-3pm For children 3 -13 years old with special needs and their siblings. It includes stories, sensory themes, crafts and music planned each month. Visit www.bearsandcompany.com to register. Parents meet separately for social and networking time. Meets 3rd Saturday of the month, except for summer months.
For more information in regards to the above support groups or to REGISTER call Rainbow Connection:Oxnard Office – (800) 332-3679 or (805) 485-9643, Spanish (805)485-9892 Oxnard Library Hours – Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm H Simi Office – (805) 823-2325 Simi Library Hours vary- please call.
OTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUPS:
ASAP: Asperger’s Support Group for Adolescents Plus! English A social support group for teens and young adults with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism. For more information call (805) 419-9934, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.vcasap.org
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Parent Support Group: English Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at Rainbow Connection in Oxnard from 7 – 9pm. Contact persons Tera Marquez or Karen Bobo at email@example.com *No meetings in the summer.
Alzheimer's Orange County - Education & Support Group
This group is for caregivers of individuals with Down Syndrome who are concerned about Alzheimer's Disease. Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 10:00am - 11:30am.
2515 McCabe Way, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92614
Brandon’s Buddies: A free play date for children of all abilities. Takes place on the 1st Sat of the month, at 25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Calabasas. To RSVP call Dina Kaplan 818 222-8118 firstname.lastname@example.org
Down Syndrome Parent Support Group: Parents of children with Down Syndrome come together to discuss issues and activities of mutual interest. Meets monthly on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30pm in Ventura. Call 805 650-6290 for more info and to RSVP.
HAPPY FRIENDS CLUB: Alternate Tuesdays 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Camarillo Support group for adults & teens with mental/physical challenges. Speakers, games, arts & crafts, round table discussions, occasional community outings. Contact: Jean McGuire 805.816.2319 or email: email@example.com
Let’s Go Hiking: On the first Saturday of the month, Bob Charney and his son Michael, who has Autism, invite other dads and their sons with developmental challenges to go hiking. If you’re interested in participating, call Bob Charney at Home: 818 735-7331.
Mom’s Night Out: Thousand Oaks. English 3rd Tuesday of the month & Dad’s Night Out: Thousand Oaks English 4th Tuesday of the firstname.lastname@example.org
Reaching Out: A free community women's breast health fair. Held on the 2nd Friday of each month, from 8:00am to 4:30pm, at 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge. Call (818)-885-8500, ext. 4010 to sign up.
Support Group for Parents of Kids with Autism: Meets the on the last Monday of the month at 6:30. We provide child care. The address is 2697 Lavery Ct., Suite 17 Newbury Park. Contact Leila Silva at (805)480-9039 home or (805)341-3089 cell.
Special Parents Cafe: Meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. Spanish speaking parents welcome. Call Silvia (speaks Spanish) at (805) 265-6111.
Tulips & Triumphs: Down syndrome support group for moms – Come on out to Starbucks for a cup of coffee amongst moms similar to you. Please RSVP to Cheryl Landazuri 805-791-0254