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Support Groups

Family Navigator Virtual Parent Support Group

The Family Navigator Program provides support groups run by parent mentors. Groups discuss navigating complex service systems and advocating for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to meet and network with each other. Parent support groups are offered once a month.

To receive your Zoom link, please register now.

For more information, please email the Family Navigator Program at or visit the UC Davis MIND Institute Events page.

Virtual Support Group: Parents of Adult Children and Teens (PACT)

PACT is a discussion group with the Family Navigator team. This group is open to families and supporters of people in their teens through adulthood. Group members are encouraged to bring questions and share their experiences. Ongoing participation is welcome.

For more information, please email or visit the UC Davis MIND Institute Events page.

Sankofa Parent Support and Advocacy Group

The parent support group, the African American Developmental Disability Parent Alliance is now named Sankofa Parent Support Group. The word Sankofa comes from an African language which means “go back and fetch it” which is significant to the mission and purpose of the group which is to take information and resources we learn back to people in the community. Sankofa was founded in 2015 in order to meet the unique needs of parents of Black children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since our inception, Sankofa has supported the needs of the parents by providing advocacy and resources that have increased awareness of developmental disabilities at the community level.

Dinner and childcare will be provided. For more information about Sankofa or contact These meetings are co-sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Warmline Family Resource and Parent Training and Information Center.

Vamos a platicar (Let's Talk)

UC Davis MIND Institute, Centro de Recursos
2825 50th Street
Sacramento, CA

Vamos a platicar (Let’s Talk) is a six-week series that will be conducted entirely in Spanish. It is for parents of children with disabilities to share their experiences and to learn about their child’s diagnosis and needs and how to help them achieve their full potential. For registration, please call 916-704-0439. Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Warmline Family Resource Center.

CEDD Padres para Padres (Parents Supporting Parents)

CEDD Padres para Padres is an ongoing parent support group that is conducted in Spanish for parents or family members of people with developmental disabilities in Sacramento county on the first Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m.. This is an opportunity for parents and other family members to learn and share their feelings in a supportive and confidential environment.

Request to attend these meetings by emailing or by calling 916-734-1812. We will send the invitation to the meeting with all details (address and zoom link).

In-person and Virtual Sibling Groups

Sibling groups are regular meet-up sessions that give school-age siblings of children with disabilities a chance to get support from their peers and education about disabilities while doing fun activities. Siblings connect with similar-aged peers to share their experiences and learn from one another. Most session leaders are bi-lingual/bi-cultural (English and Spanish), and most have a family member with a developmental disability.

To register for our Virtual Sibling Group please contact us at or visit the UC Davis MIND Institute Events page.

Developmental Screening and Resources at the Mexican Consulate (Spanish)

CEDD staff offer free early developmental screenings to children from birth to 5 years old monthly at the Mexican Consulate in Sacramento, CA. The screenings help to identify any delays or developmental concerns. If a child may have a delay, CEDD can connect families with resources for more evaluation and early intervention.

CEDD also hosts a monthly resource fair at the consulate. The resource fair provides information and community connections for families of children with developmental disabilities. For more information, please contact Cecilia Corral at or call 916-734-1812.

WarmLine Family Resource Center

WarmLine provides resources, support, training and consultation to families of children with special needs birth to age 26 in 26 counties of Northern California. WarmLine is staffed by parents who share the common experience of parenting a child with special needs.
WarmLine’s listing of support groups in Northern California

Family Resource Centers Network of California (FRCNCA)

California’s 47 Family Resource Centers are staffed by families of children with special needs and offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services. They offer support services and resources in many languages, which may include newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, warm lines, and information and referral for parents and professionals.

Family Empowerment and Training Centers