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KEY: G=Greenville County; S=Spartanburg County; P=Pickens County

ADOPTION/FOSTER CARE

GREENVILLE COUNTY FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION SUPPORT GROUP meets the fourth Thursday of each month. Foster parents from all licensing agencies are welcome. These are considered training meetings. For details, visit www.gcfpa.org.

ADOPTIVE AND FOSTER FAMILIES are needed for children throughout South Carolina. For information, call 888-828-3555 or visit www.heartfeltcalling.org.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION provides training, support and other services to foster families. For more information, call 803-865-2020 or visit www.scfpa.com.

SPECIAL LINK is a nonprofit licensed adoption agency specializing in the placement of minority and/or special needs infants and children. The organization promotes open adoption. Visit www.special-link.org or call 864-233-4872.

SAFY – Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth – needs foster parents throughout the Upstate for its treatment foster care program that protects youth who are unable to stay with their primary family due to abuse, neglect and/or behavioral issues. For details, call 864-250-1601 or visit www.safy.org

VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERIES of the South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation, created to help locate adoptive homes for children in foster care, are online at www.schgf.org. Call 803-734-2595.

JUST FOR MOM

MOCHA MOMS, a support group for stay-at-home mothers of color, meets monthly at Earthfare. Call 864-201-2188, email mmgreenville@gmail.com or visit www.mochamoms.org.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S CLUB meets at the International Center of the Upstate. Women of all nationalities, and especially newcomers, are welcome. Call 864-467-4579 or visit www.internationalupstate.org.

S — MOMS CLUB OF SPARTANBURG offers support and activities to stay-at-home moms and their children in the Spartanburg area. Activities include play groups, potluck lunches, book club, Mom's Night Out, community service, seasonal activities and more. Email momsclubofspartanburg@gmail.com.

G — A MOMS GROUP meets at Forestville Baptist Church. Child care is provided. Visit forestvillebc.org.

G — UPSTATE MOTHERS OF MULTIPLES CLUB, providing support for families with multiple births, meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Greenville Hospital System, 701 Grove Road, Conference Room 3. Visit www.upstatemomclub.com.

P — FIT4MOM offers a free preview Stroller Strides class in Easley for mothers and babies. For details, call 864-608-6727.

G — MOMS CLUB — International MOMS Club chapters offer support and activities to stay-at-home parents. For Simpsonville-South and Fountain Inn, call 610-864-5601 or email monicaeculbreath@hotmail.com.

SUPPORT AND LEARNING

A NATURAL PARENTING DISCUSSION GROUP provides a place for like-minded parents to connect and learn from each other about natural parenting and education, homeschooling, unschooling, local advocacy and more. Those from any religious or non-religious background are welcome. For more information, contact Andy Johnston at 864-915-1610 or greenvillenaturalparenting@gmail.com.

NO NUTS MOMS GROUP OF GREENVILLE/SPARTANBURG is a closed, online support group for mothers with food allergies or who have children have food allergies. The group also plans indoor and outdoor activities. All food allergies and all ages are welcome. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/nonutsmomsgroupofgreenvillespartanburg.

PENDLETON PLACE offers supervised visitation and custody exchanges through the Family Bridges program. Visits and exchanges are offered in a safe, homelike environment without contact between the custodial parents or caregivers and the noncustodial parents. For details, visit pendletonplace.org or call 864-516-1236.

SUMMIT NETWORK is an informational network of parents of children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and related disorders. Therapy tools and books are available for loan or exchange. Databases are available to pair children up for social skills, occupational therapy and home school classes. Visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/summitnetwork or email cassgorton@yahoo.com.

SHARE UPSTATE PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS Support Group meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Greenville. Contact Tanika Dillard at 864-905-5193 or tanikachancellor@yahoo.com. For more information, visit www.shareupstate.com.

G — A PARENT WELCOME WORKSHOP for parents of children who are new to special education in Greenville County schools is 8:30 – 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at MT Anderson Support Center. Children are welcome but child care is not provided. For more information, contact Caroline Neely at 864-452-0038 or cneely@greenville.k12.sc.us.

G — A PARENTS ANONYMOUS parenting support group meets 3:30 – 5 p.m. Sundays at the Family Bridges program at Pendleton Place. Free child care is provided. Separate groups are available for men and women. Call 864-516-1219 or 864-516-1236.

G — A SUPPORT GROUP for ages 7 – 13 who have a parent, grandparent or other family member who has been diagnosed with cancer meets at the Cancer Institute of Greenville Health System. For details and registration, call Kerri Susko at 864-455-5809.

G — A POSITIVE DISCIPLINE PARENTING group meets the fourth Monday of each month. The cost is $5 per meeting. For more information and to join the online group for free, visit http://www.meetup.com/Positive-Discipline-Parenting-in-Greenville-Meet-Up/.

G — MOMS’ NIGHT OUT AND DADS’ NIGHT OUT are offered through Family Connection for parents of children with special health care needs. For details, visit familyconnectionsc.org.

G — CHILDREN COPE WITH DIVORCE/TRANSPARENTING, a seminar for separating or divorcing parents, is offered at Compass of Carolina. The cost is $50 each, including educational materials. To register, call 864-467-3434, ext. 3328.

G — A HERO GROUP for children ages 6 – 11 who are survivors of sexual abuse meets 4:30 – 6 p.m. Mondays at The Julie Valentine Center. This therapeutic group meets for 12 weeks. Children learn healthy coping skills in a safe therapeutic environment. For more information call, Sarah Davis at 331-0560, ext. 240.

G — LITTLE STEPS is a nonprofit organization that mentors teen and young parents and their families, providing life skills and encouragement to help them become confident, self-sufficient, healthy parents. Call 864-901-2506 or visit www.littlestepssc.org.

G — GRANDS STANDING ON FAITH, a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren, meets at Brookwood Church. Call Mary Ann Coleman at 864-979-6003.

G — THE BUDDY CLUB, a grief support group for children, meets at McCall Hospice House. The group is free and is open to any child hurting from the loss of a family member or loved one. Call Chaplain Michael Lee at 864-449-4181.

G — A GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP is Mondays through Dec. 14 at Interim Healthcare Hospice in Greenville and Thursdays through Dec. 17 at Interim Healthcare Hospice in Easley. Visit www.hospicegriefsupport.com.

G — FAMILY CONNECTION is a support network for families who have children with special health-care needs. Parent-to-parent support, educational opportunities for families, sibling workshops, family social events and ongoing support groups are offered. All programs and activities are free. Call 864-331-1340.

G — NAMI GREENVILLE, the local affiliate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, holds regular support groups. Groups are for caregivers, parents of children and adolescents, teens and those with any mental illness. Call 864-331-3300 or visit www.namigreenvillesc.org.

G — WHISPERING HOPE, a therapeutic riding program, is at Whispering Pines Stables in Mauldin. The program offers disabled or disadvantaged children the opportunity to gain confidence, practice and integrate newly gained skills and interact socially through horsemanship skills. Visit www.wpstables.com or call 864-288-7458.

S — OPEN ARMS PRENATAL AND INFANT LOSS SUPPORT meets quarterly at Spartanburg Regional Center for Women. Call 864-431-6100.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

G — FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS are available Dec. 9 at Hillcrest Memorial Hospital for uninsured women ages 40 – 64 who meet certain income guidelines. The screenings include clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears and mammograms. To register, call 864-656-3076.

S — INFANT CPR is offered regularly at Mary Black Memorial Hospital. For registration, call 864-573-3011 or visit www.maryblackhealthsystem.com.

S — INFANT CPR is offered regularly at Spartanburg Regional Center for Women. Call 864-560-2229 or visit www.spartanburgregional.com.

G — FACTS OF LIFE FOR MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, a program about puberty for girls ages 9 – 12 accompanied by their mothers, is offered Dec. 1 and Jan. 19 at St. Francis Eastside. Register online at www.stfrancishealth.org or call 864-675-4400.

S — A CAR SEAT CHECK is offered monthly by Safe Kids Spartanburg at Spartanburg Regional’s Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, facing East Wood Street. To schedule an appointment, call 864-560-6845.

G — FRIENDS AND FAMILY CPR is 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at the Greenville Health System’s Women’s Hospital. The class is not recommended for women in their third trimester. Register in advance. Call 877-447-4636.

G — HEARTSAVER CPR is offered regularly at St. Francis Eastside. Register online at www.stfrancishealth.org or call 864-675-4400.

G — NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING is offered Dec. 10 at St. Francis Eastside. Register online at www.stfrancishealth.org or call 864-675-4400.

S — LIFESAVING COURSES are offered monthly at the Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, 131 E. Main Street. Classes are offered in standard first aid, infant and child CPR, adult CPR, baby-sitter training, blood-borne pathogens, and more. Lifeguarding and water-safety classes also are available. Visit http://www.redcross.org/sc/spartanburg or call 864-583-8000.

G — THE RED CROSS offers health and safety classes monthly in standard first aid, infant CPR, adult CPR, child CPR, AED essentials, baby-sitter training and more. Call for information or the current schedule. Registration is required. Visit http://www.redcross.org/sc/nc or call 864-271-8222.

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