Parent-Child Connection (PCC) Support Groups

We know that community is important for parents raising children from hard places and our families have been blessed by our support groups for years. The Parent Child Connection support groups train and encourage parents and relative caregivers who are trying to help foster, adopted and other at-risk children establish healthy attachments within the family. Caregivers looking for an opportunity to build friendships with other parents who have similar challenges and objectives are welcome!

Feedback from PCC Attendees

The thing I appreciate most from attending PCC is the peer support!!  Hearing other parents share that they get it and they REALLY have experienced the same craziness (not just normal development stuff parents of typical children are familiar with). The teaching is also excellent and I’ve learned so many great things over the years.

When I started attending PCC I went back because I felt like I wasn’t alone, or just a bad parent. That when I described my son’s behavior, they really understood because they had been there too. That his behavior was different and needed different strategies for dealing with it.

I am so thankful for the teaching tools such as workbooks and videos at our PCC. They have been eye opening and life changing. The knowledge and guidance of our leader is encouraging and supportive.  Also, my five kids love going and connecting with the friends they have made. We’ve had the wonderful opportunity to get to know some very special families.

I am so grateful for the leadership (as well as friendship!!) of our PCC leader.  I also appreciate the intentional effort that is put into bringing speakers to the meetings to encourage, educate, and equip us to be better parents!!

If you are looking to be apart of a community of like-minded families we hope you will find a home at one of our Parent Child Connect Support Groups.

Los Altos

Date/Time: third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave, Los Altos, CA 94024

This group is lead by JoAnne Morris (, fost-adopt mom and founder of Help One Child. You won’t find another person as committed to learning how to best love these children while being in a community with those who “get it”. JoAnne understands the heart of an adoptive mother and identifies with the joyful times as well as the hard times families experience.  Not only does she bring experience to the meeting, she also equips families with abundant resources, a listening ear and courageous support. JoAnne has graciously lead this group since 1999 and is supported by Marilyn Anacker who for the last several years has supported JoAnne by co-facilitating. Marilyn, a bio mom of seven, adopted a sibling set of five internationally. You will find her to be wise, patient, and loving, bringing a warmth and kindness to every room she enters.  Because of her experience and her wisdom, when Marilyn speaks, everyone listens.

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Palo Alto

Date/Time: second Thursday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Location: Peninsula Bible Church, 3505 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306

This group is co-facilitated by Judi Van Elderen ( As a seasoned foster parent of nearly 30 years, Judi brings invaluable wisdom, a prayerful and open heart, and practical experience to the group. She and her husband, Dan, were blessed with the gift of hospitality and often open their home to the group at large for BBQs, not to mention the 67 children they have fostered together. They have 4 birth children as well as 2 adopted children (#13 & #26). Serving alongside Judi is Amanda Dungan. Amanda and her husband Mark, adopted their son through the Santa Clara County Fost-Adopt program.  Amanda is a kindergarten teacher and contributes her expertise in child development and administrative gifts. They both bring a passion for adoption and encouraging foster and adoptive parents as they parent their children.

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Los Gatos

Date/Time: second Thursday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Location: Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

This location is lead by Alice Yau (, mom of four and adoptive mom of two. She is graciously and joyously navigating challenges that come up with children who have experienced trauma at early stages of life. Alice is understanding, passionate, with a huge servant’s heart. You will find Alice to be a huge champion for the children we serve and also for the parents committed to loving them.


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Morgan Hill

Date/Time: third Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: West Hills Community Church, 16695 Dewitt Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

This location is lead by Maylin Lema(, an adoptive mom of six. Maylin brings an enormous amount of support and knowledge of the adoption process. In addition she is empathetic towards all families, a great listener, and a huge advocate for this fost-adopt community. For the past several years Maylin has been assisted by Selma Keller who has been described as the heart, hands and feet of the group. She can be found serving the members of this group each month while lovingly listening and supporting them through life.

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Date/Time: third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Mariners Church, 100 Stone Pine Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

This location is led by Jeanné Campbell along with her husband Rick, who are two of the most passionate, caring individuals you will ever meet.  They invest their time, effort and money into people. Jeanne’ has a degree in Family Life Education, which ultimately led her to obtain her certification as a Life Coach. Their family consists of 6 adopted children ranging from the age of 7-20, with 3 of them coming through the San Mateo fost-adopt program, but that doesn’t account for the many other children you will find in their home on any given day that they champion for.  Their desire is to bring the fost-adopt community together (both parents and children) to have a place for support, resources, and most importantly open hearts and ears for listening and encouraging all of us as we navigate through our own personal journeys.

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Heart to Heart, is located in Roseville, California on the campus of Valley Spring Presbyterian Church. Launched in the fall of 2006, Paul and Joanne Jelle co-founded this group utilizing the expertise of therapist and adoptive parent, Carla DeRose, MFT. This support group emerged from a desire to provide training, peer support and educational and therapeutic resources for families who have adopted children struggling with attachment, sensory motor deficits, character development and self regulation. Their goal is to support families who have adopted, or are adopting children, with resources and training, as well as provide them with opportunities to build relationships with other adoptive parents facing similar parenting issues. Structured child care at the meetings is provided by trained caregivers free of charge. By providing families with community and training, Heart to Heart strives to encourage these faithful families, prevent adoptions from failing, and most importantly, help children heal.