Being a parent isn't easy. You may need help raising your kids well. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available to you! You may also be interested in some youth and family organizations.

The number for the Parent Support Line: is 1-888-281-3000.

The CSUS Center for Counseling and Diagnostic Services can be reached at (916) 278-6252. Located on the CSUS campus, the center welcomes all members of the Sacramento Area community for individual, couple and family counseling. All ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, and family situations are welcome.

There are many support groups for parents in the Sacramento area. Here is a complete list of the groups featured in the 916 area, sorted by category:


  • Adoption Support Group


Crisis or Dealing with Abuse


New Parents




Single Parents

  • Blossom: Contact Becky Dossey at (916) 276-1635

General Parenting


  • International MOMS Club
  • Me Gusta Baby Playgroups - Downtown Auburn
  • MSN Folsom Area Playgroup - at Ernie Sheldon Park: Contact Jen DeLugach at (916) 985-4136
  • MSN Infant and Toddler Playgroup: Contact Temperance Harkins at (916) 879-0571
  • MSN Sacramento Area Playgroup - at Tahoe Park: Contact Shirley Jellison at (916) 359-0633

Parents and their Children with Special Needs

Pregnancy Loss

  • Pregnancy Loss Support Groups - For women who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or other types of pregnancy loss, these groups are intended to provide a safe place to meet and share, to give and receive support.
  • Sharing Parents of Sacramento - A volunteer support group of parents who have experienced the death of their baby(ies) from the time of conception through early infancy.

Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders

Families Affected by Down Syndrome

Public Education & Resource Programs

  • State Department of Education - Special Education
  • Programs for Infants & Toddlers with Disabilities: Birth-2 Years: Contact Carlos Flores: (916) 654-2773
  • Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3-5
  • Office of State Coordinator- Vocational Ed for Students with Disabilities: Department of Education: (916) 657-2451
  • Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs" Maridee Gregory, Chief of State Children’s Medical Services Branch: (916) 654-0832
  • Programs for Children and Youth Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Contact Fred Lewis:(916) 653-8320; (916) 653-7651

There are also youth resources and shelters available in the Sacramento area.