The Parent Support Program services are designed to assist concerned parents and caregivers when they have a child or teen involved in harmful behaviors including alcohol or drug use, truancy or delinquency. The program also provides services to parents and caregivers who have youth that are experiencing mental health challenges, sexual orientation or gender identity struggles, difficulty with interpersonal relationships, conflicts with parents, self-harm, abusive behavior and educational concerns.


Parent groups are excellent sources of information, support and education. Connecting with other caring parents who are dealing with similar challenges and learning new strategies can be very helpful.

2017 Parent Support Groups

For Parents & Caregivers of Teens / Young Adults

We offer two groups/month through October and one each in November and December.

Different topics each time, always welcoming and supportive!

Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8 pm at

NEW LOCATION à   Briarpatch Youth Services, 2720 Rimrock Rd, Madison, WI 53713.

Saturday mornings, 10-11:30 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1904 Winnebago, Madison
(NOTE:  June 24 at Briarpatch)

About Parent Support Groups:

- FREE – No pre-registration is required. Light refreshments are served.

- Atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. Confidentiality is respected – what is said at group stays at group.

- New participants are always welcome and receive an information folder with helpful resources and articles.

- Enjoy adult conversation in a supportive atmosphere

(Participants are parents/caregivers/others who care about teens only – no youth unless otherwise indicated)



6:30-8 pm


10-11:30 am

Jan 1/10  - Cancelled/weather 1/28  Trinity Lutheran
Feb 2/7  Briarpatch 2/18   Trinity Lutheran
Mar 3/14   Briarpatch 3/25   Trinity Lutheran
Apr 4/11   Briarpatch 4/22   Trinity Lutheran
May 5/9   Briarpatch 5/27   Trinity Lutheran
Jun 6/13   Briarpatch 6/24   Briarpatch
July 7/11   Briarpatch 7/22   Trinity Lutheran
Aug 8/8   Briarpatch 8/26   Trinity Lutheran
Sept 9/12   Briarpatch 9/23   Trinity Lutheran
Oct 10/10   Briarpatch 10/28 Trinity Lutheran
Nov-Dec 11/14   Briarpatch 12/2  Trinity Lutheran



Tuesday Evenings     6:30 - 8 PM    

Briarpatch Youth Services  

2720 Rimrock Rd, Madison

1 mile south of the Alliant Energy Center/Olin Park

From Madison’s Beltline (Hy12/18) or John Nolen Dr :

Head south on Rimrock (Hy MM)

about .5 mile south of the beltline –

Drive past Zimbrick BMW + Capitol Petrol station to 89th Division St. Briarpatch is on the corner.

Park in lot, say hi at desk! Elevator available.

Saturday Mornings     10 – 11:30 AM

Trinity Lutheran Church   

1904 Winnebago St. Madison

NOTE à Sat, June 24 meeting will be at Briarpatch

- At Winnebago, Atwood and 1st St in Madison

Park in the church parking lot.

Enter the Atwood Ave door next to church lot. 

Follow signs.


Want to sign up to receive updates/newsletters?  Access 24/7 counseling for teens & adults?

à Please contact Briarpatch Youth Services608-251-1126 or 800-798-1126


Our Groups: 

  • Are free and confidential
  • Meet generally twice a month
  • Feature speakers and topics relevant to parents and caregivers of teens and young adults
  • Provide a welcome folder to new participants containing helpful articles and resources

Email for group info & check out our Facebook page:

- “I have become aware of more available resources through staff and others in the group – presenters as well as parents”  - MT

“….helped me understand underlying stressors and how to talk with my teen.”  - Anonymous

“The groups helped me realize I was not alone. There is help out there for all of us.”  - Anonymous

“The program’s support gave me strength and comfort to cope and do what I had to do to set boundaries and take care of my own needs.”  - SA

“(The program helped…) by making me feel less alone and overwhelmed. Having the coaching sessions with Parent Support staff members has been great.”  - LB

“The program taught me that….reaching out to others is vital. (I’ve learned how to) build a team and use them.”  - EW

“I am so grateful this parent support is available in our community.”  - Anonymous


For more information contact Libby Lee, Program Coordinator,
at 608.245.2550 x1104 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.