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 (pcclosaltos@helponechild.org), 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

**On break for summer. Group will resume in September.**

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 (pccpaloalto@helponechild.org). 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 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Location: Calvary Church, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Leaders: Alice and Wally Yau, Wendy Lew Toda 

Email: pcclosgatos@helponechild.org

Alice and Wally Yau, and Wendy Lew Toda are all seasoned adoptive parents who understand the joys and struggles of raising children who have experienced childhood trauma.

Calvary Church provides dinner for this support group as a way to encourage the growth of this community of foster and adoptive parents, children, and volunteers. Everyone enjoys eating together from 6:30-7:00, then the children join the volunteers in childcare while the foster and adoptive parents meet from 7:00-8:30.

The support group starts with a time of sharing, then moves into a time of learning a trauma-informed parenting skill, and concludes with a group discussion of what this skill would look like applied to daily life.

The goal is for each parent to leave feeling heard, connected to other parents who understand them, and having a sense of hope for the future. We hope you can join us!

Group meets in Parkside 3 & 4. Click here to see the campus map. 


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Morgan Hill

**July’s meeting has been moved up a week to July 9th!**

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(pccmorganhill@helponechild.org), 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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San Bruno

Date/Time: second Sunday of every month, 6:00-7:30 pm
Location: New North Church, 300 Piedmont Avenue
San Bruno, CA 94066

We are so excited to announce the launch of our new support group in San Bruno! Come and meet with other parents who are walking the same path as you. There is power and hope in knowing that you are not alone!  There will be time for sharing as well as time for learning trauma-informed parenting skills that will help your day to day life with your child.

New Locations

Date/Time: once a month, same day, same time
Location: Local Host Church

Do you wish there was a support group in your neighborhood? Contact us (Rachel@HelpOneChild.org) to find out how to make this happen for yourself and other foster and adoptive families in your community. Our vision is to have a support group in every city in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. We’d love for you and your church to partner with us as we work to provide this important resource to foster and adoptive families in their local communities.

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.