For Relative Caregivers


Do you offer a support group for relative caregivers? If so, consider submitting your information for inclusion in this list. Submit Support Group. Is your support group listed here but details have changed? Submit Changes to Support Group. Are you interested in starting your own support group? The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) offers a helpful guide, Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups .

Connecticut Grandparents as Parents Support Network (GAPS)

Developed by Connecticut’s Department of Social Services Aging Services Division, GAPS provides assistance in establishing grandparent support groups for grandparents and relatives raising children. This statewide network is designed to encourage and promote the creation of services for relatives who have taken on the responsibility of parenting. GAPS support groups were started in all five regions of the state under the auspices of the Brookdale Foundation Group’s national program, Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP).

Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families (CAFAF)

The Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Families is an association dedicated to providing support, training, and advocacy services for foster, adoptive, and relative caregiver parents. View CAFAF’s support groups. Staff can be reached at 860-258-3400 or 800-861-8838.

Avon, CT

Relatives as Parents Support Group This group is being offered to provide support to adoptive/guardianship families in an informal setting. Come share your knowledge, experience, and struggles with other parents and gain support. Most insurance accepted. Meeting Time: Monday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location: 30 Tower Lane, fourth floor Contact: Susan Engel at 860-269-3104 to learn more or to register.

Waterbury, CT

Relatives as Parents Support Group Meeting Time: Alternating Fridays at 9:15am and Wednesdays at 3:30pm Location: Virtual Via Zoom Contact: Deb Kelleher at 475-235-2184 or 

Adoptive Parents and Legal Guardians Support Group Meeting Time: Third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 p.m. Location: Annie C Courtney Foundation, 211 Schraffts Dr., Unit A5; Waterbury, CT 06705 Contact: Deb Kelleher at 475-235-2184 or

Torrington, CT

Relatives as Parents Support Group Meeting Time: Third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Childcare provided. Location: Forest Court Head Start, 57 Forest Court Contact: Michelle Anderson at 860-489-8552 or email