Ongoing Support Groups

All these support groups are open to newcomers, and they are free, except where noted.  No diagnosis is required to participate.  Participants are typically given the opportunity to share their story, experience support, and glean guidance (as desired) from group members regarding both community and school resources.  Confidentiality is respected.

Support Groups for Youth

Youth and Young Adults: Stronger Together
Alternate Tuesdays, Oct. 10 through May 2018,  6:30-8:00 pm  in Fairfax.  This peer-to-peer support group for youth ages 14 – 22  meets twice a month through May.   Parents, caregivers and guardians meet at the same time.  Light dinner included.  Register:  or 703 539-2904

Support Group for Middle School Students with ADHD
Meets the 1st Sunday of each month 2:00 – 3:00 pm, 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax, VA.  Enter on South St.  No parents!  Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  or call 703- 641-8940.

Support Group for High School Students with ADHD
Meets the 1st Sunday of each month 3:30 – 5:00 pm 4031 Univ. Dr. Fairfax, VA.  Enter on South St.  No parents! Call 703-403-3335 to enter building.  Contact:  or call 703- 641-8940.

People First for Young Adults
2nd Tue. monthly, 6:30 – 8:00 pm  The Arc , 2755 Hartland Rd Suite 200, Falls Church.  Youth with disabilities age 14-26 practice public speaking skills, plan social outings, learn from guests on topics of life skills and advocacy, and do projects to enhance social skills.  Information:  Diane Monnig  703 208-1119 x 118.

Community of Solutions  Helping Teens Cope with Life Stress

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms
This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny at or call 703 472-4678.

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group
1st & 3rd Tues. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  or call 703 716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center
Meets the 2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome
3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria; and last Wed. of each month in Tysons at 7-9 pm  Contact:  or call 571-490-1268.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group
For problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse  703-246-2495

Support Group for Dads with a Child with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability
Tuesdays. Sept. 25 & Nov. 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm in Woodbridge.  Register: email  Register 1 week in advance for child care.

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness
Builds better lives for those affected by mental illness.  Arlington Family Support Groups meet in the afternoon or evening on Sundays.  Contact Naomi  703-862-9588 or Michelle . Fairfax Family Support Group meets on the 2nd Thur. of each month  7:30-9:00 pm.  Contact:  Heather at  or  call 703-362-4985.

Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.   Spanish speaking parents (with children from birth to teenage years) meet to discuss/share their parenting experiences.  Free childcare.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group
Meets at noon on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Chantilly Public Library. Contact:

Parents Empowered 
Mondays 6:00-7:30 pm ARHA main building 1st fl. Conf. Rm. 401 Wythe St.  Alexandria. Weekly drop-in sessions welcome parents who want help managing family life and supporting their children’s success.  Free childcare. Call 703-824-6865 to register.

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: