Circles

Virtual Support Circles

Would you like to attend a support group for parents & caregivers?

Circles are free support groups led by trained Parenting Village volunteers. Our circles allow parents and caregivers to share their joys and challenges with each other in a safe and welcoming environment. In circles, people make connections, learn together, and receive the support they need to give the best of themselves to their children.

When our groups met in-person, this support was only available to local families in the Rochester area. Our virtual groups now allow us to reach more parents outside of Rochester, NY who are in need of support and connection.

We kindly ask that you fill out our virtual Circle Liability Release form and Circle Participant Information form before participating! Thank you!
Baby-Toddler Support Circle | Tuesdays, 12:00PM-1:00PM
This support group is for parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. If you’re in need of extra support, looking for connection, or want to share your experience with others, you are welcome to join! Babies/toddlers are always welcome to come and play!
See our Facebook Events for meeting info & to RSVP. If you can’t access FB, you can still join us by emailing connect@parentingvillage.org for meeting info.  
School-Aged Support Circle | Mondays, 8:00pm-9:00pm
This support group is for parents and caregivers of children ages 4-10. If you’re in need of extra support, looking for connection, or want to share your experience with others, you are welcome to join!
See our Facebook Events for meeting info & to RSVP. If you can’t access FB, you can still join us by emailing connect@parentingvillage.org for meeting info.
Prenatal to Postpartum Support Circle | 2nd & 4th Mondays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
This support group serves pregnant and postpartum mothers as they prepare for and adjust to parenthood. We may discuss emotional challenges or changes in household and relationship dynamics. Connect with other moms who are also managing issues such as stress, baby blues, pregnancy or postpartum depression or anxiety. This group is non-clinical in nature. We can offer peer support, but cannot give professional advice, diagnose, prescribe, or treat postpartum mood disorders.
See our Facebook Events for meeting info & to RSVP. If you can’t access FB, you can still join us by emailing connect@parentingvillage.org for meeting info.
Life After NICU Support Circle | 3rd Thursdays, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Anyone with a child who has a compromised immune system knows how difficult and scary life can be. Now, throughout the pandemic, many of us have had to take severe measures to keep our loved ones safe. You are not alone. Please join us once a month to connect with other families facing similar challenges.
See our Facebook Events for meeting info & to RSVP. If you can’t access FB, you can still join us by emailing connect@parentingvillage.org for meeting info.
Parents Navigating Special Education/EI Support Circle | Second Tuesdays, 8:00pm – 9:00pm
We know how hard this journey can be, as your child’s advocate. One evening a month, we meet to support parents whose children need special services. Parents can share experiences and connect with others in this safe, supportive, and understanding environment, led by parent-facilitators. We will offer peer support, and cannot give professional or legal advice.
See our Facebook Events for meeting info & to RSVP. If you can’t access FB, you can still join us by emailing connect@parentingvillage.org for meeting info.
Single Parenting Support Circle | Second Thursdays, 8:00pm – 9:00pm (This circle is currently on hold)
This support group is for single, widowed, divorced, sole parent/caregiver, or co-parents. Being a single parent can be a hard job. You are on your own and often do not have the support of other friends or family who understand the daily struggles. This group is a safe and supportive place to ask questions and share feelings or challenges with other parents who understand.
See our Facebook Events for meeting info & to RSVP. If you can’t access FB, you can still join us by emailing connect@parentingvillage.org for meeting info.
Do you need immediate assistance? Call 911 or 211 (www.211.org).
Do you need ongoing support? See Postpartum Support International.

Have questions? Contact us at connect@parentingvillage.org or at 585.270.1832
“Circle gives you a chance, and permission, to focus on yourself and your needs and triumphs for a moment!” -Circle participant

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