10 Online Support Groups for Parents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A round-up of Facebook's latest COVID-19 parenting groups

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It’s been a long, surreal year, hasn’t it? And, though an isolating and uncertain time, the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked the birth of several online groups where members can scroll, interact, learn, and feel less alone as they navigate the challenges of everyday pandemic life.

These online communities were started by parents for parents as a way of offering connection, togetherness, and a space to share informational, motivational, and educational resources.

Pandemic Support Facebook Groups

Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned one, a homeschooling dad or a frontline working mom, a parent to a special needs child or to a depressed teen, there is an online group for you.

We’ve taken to Facebook to find groups where you can connect with other like-minded parents who understand and relate to what your COVID-19 days look and feel like. Remember, not every group will be a good fit for you. So if the first one doesn’t feel quite right, move on to the next. 

Coronavirus Parents: Parenting in a Pandemic

The Coronavirus Parents: Parenting in a Pandemic Facebook group is for parents who are committed to supporting each other through the coronavirus pandemic.

Hosted by ParentsTogether, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, this group aims to help parents as they navigate school closures, childcare needs, social isolation, and other issues pertaining to parenting during a pandemic.

This group is open to any parent or caregiver in need of support. As an organization, ParentsTogether has a clear point of view; they fight on behalf of all families with a commitment to equity and justice. But no matter your point of view, all parents are welcome in this group.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 69,000 total members

Coronavirus Homeschool

The Coronavirus Homeschool group was started with the purpose of building a parenting community and developing a central place to share homeschooling resources and ideas along with support and encouragement.

If you are looking for educational inspiration and supplemental resources in an organized and supportive space, this group may be a good place for you.

The group uses keywords as a way to categorize posts, information, and resources. So if you're looking for a post, include a hashtag (#) before your search query. Some examples of what you might want to search for are below:

  • Educational posts: #Math, #Science, #Reading
  • Fun posts: #Challenges
  • Social posts: #Playdates or #Solidarity
  • Nature posts: #GettingPhysical, #Outdoors or #Hikes
  • You can also search by location: #Boston
  • For institutional offerings: #Zoos, #Aquariums
  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 14,000 total members

The COVID-19 Baby Parents Group

The COVID-19 Baby Parents Group was created as a way to bring expectant and new parents from all over the world together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And, since support is limited with regard to home visits from health professionals and prenatal classes/postnatal groups, this space offers an opportunity for members to share information, ask questions, and connect with other new parents.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 6,000 total members

Parenting Under Quarantine

The Parenting Under Quarantine group was started by a New Jersey-based social worker and mom of three. The purpose was to create a place to share resources and to connect and support one another as the pandemic unfolds.

Parents and caregivers who are at home with their kids due to social distancing, quarantine, or isolation are all welcome to join. This group aims to be an inclusive, supportive space for all.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 27,000 total members

Empowering Special Needs Parents

The Empowering Special Needs Parents group aims to be a supportive, kind, and compassionate space where members take an active role in their own well-being; a place where you can share your wins, joys, and challenges.

But, if you do share challenges, be ready for suggestions, solutions, and even an offer of a one-on-one phone call from fellow group members.

This may be the group for you if you are parenting special needs children while also:

  • Searching for easier ways to take better care of yourself and your family
  • Open-minded and willing to explore what else is possible in terms of bringing harmony into your home so you and your family can enjoy happier lives together
  • Ready to take intelligent, inspired action, to take care of your emotional well-being
  • Willing to be an active participant in the group, meaning you give and receive support, and contribute in a positive, kind, and judgement-free manner
  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 2,000 total members

Separation & Divorced Parents Support

Divorce and separation are challenging at any time but the COVID-19 pandemic adds additional obstacles such as social isolation. But you don't have to be alone.

You can reach out to the Separation & Divorced Parents Support group on Facebook. Members aim to offer a supportive space for anyone who is separated or divorced and to those considering ending their relationships.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 5,000 total members

Parents of Teens with Depression, Anxiety and OCD

The Parents of Teens with Depression, Anxiety and OCD group is for parents, guardians, and significant adults who are looking for a place to share in their experiences of raising and caring for teens who suffer from depression, anxiety, and OCD.

The pandemic brings additional stressors to your and your teens' lives and this group can offer a safe space for you to connect with other parents who understand how you feel.

This group seeks to help members as they support their teens through mental health challenges by sharing experiences, kind words, and encouragement.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 5,000 total members

Parenting Mental Health

The Parenting and Mental Health group aims to be supportive and caring by offering resources and a community for parents of kids and teens who suffer from mental health challenges.

Launched by a mom whose daughter is now in recovery and doing well after suffering from anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, there is an undertone of hopefulness and light.

Whether you’re looking for an understanding ear, practical advice, or useful resources, this group might be a good place to start.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 15,000 total members

COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Support Group

Healthcare workers, during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, are faced with unique challenges.

The COVID-19 Healthcare Workers Support Group is a place for healthcare workers to come together, support each other, share frustrations, positive experiences, and resources. The main goal is to help one another during this unprecedented time.

  • Private group (only members can see who's in the group and what they post)
  • Over 2,000 total members

Coronavirus Coping for Parents and Kids

This Coronavirus Coping for Parents and Kids is a public group, so you can browse the discussions to see if its content appeals to you.

There is a wide variety of posts including arts and crafts ideas, STEM resources, articles and videos covering mental health and parenting topics, mindfulness tips for kids as well as virtual games, films, books, and tour suggestions.

  • Public group (anyone can see who's in the group and what they post) 
  • Over 10,000 total members
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By Shannon Day
Shannon Day is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, lifestyle, and women's humor. She has been published in several online parenting and lifestyle sites as well as in print. Shannon is also the co-author of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!