Websites for Hurting Parents

Al-Anon   Local (and online) support groups and resources for loved ones with an alcohol problem, applicable for any issue you have no control over.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Information and support on this issue.

Broken Heart on Hold – a ministry offering resources to help save your marriage, stop a divorce and bring you peace. Marriage, family and women’s issues.

Celebrate Recovery – support for individuals and their loved ones who struggle with hurts, habits and hang-ups; founded by Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, California. Hosted by local churches with locations nationwide. No online meetings, face-to-face only. Gender specific groups. The Bible is the source of their curriculum.

Confessions of An Adoptive Parent – Mike & Kristin Berry do their best to offer hope for families in the trenches. They’re here to help weary adoptive and foster parents find the support and validation they need to regain hope and finally stop feeling alone.

Desert Stream Ministries – Founder: Andy Comiskey – 3 programs for Sexual issues: Living Waters is an in-depth, Christ-centered program for people seeking healing in areas of sexual and relational brokenness. A healing, teaching and discipleship series, Living Waters addresses the reality that we’re all broken in our ability to love others well. Their goal is to lay a foundation for sexual and relational wholeness. With groups all over the world, and over 20 years of ministering God’s healing love, this program is a proven path of healing.

They’re particularly relevant to those struggling with homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, the effects of sexual abuse, codependency, self-hatred, or the inability to love others well. Thankfully, Christ’s capacity to touch and restore us at deep levels of shame and brokenness extends to all of us, regardless of the specifics of our issue.

Fresh Hope –  A Christian association of peer-to-peer lead support groups across the United States for those who have a mental health diagnosis and for their loved ones. They offer a curriculum to help others start support groups offering real hope and real help. Endorsed by Rick Warren and Saddleback Church.

Hope for the Heart – Offers Heart Care Representatives to talk with 24/7 including holidays 800-488-HOPE (4673). Bringing hope and seeing changed lives for over 30 years through radio broadcasts, biblical counseling, free downloads and other materials.

Hurting Moms, Mending Hearts – A faith-based community of moms designed to be a safe place where moms can come together online, or in support groups, to share with one another while they work through a process that will bring them freedom and healing from their pain. They also provide materials to help moms start groups.

In The Rooms – The World’s Largest, online social network for the Global Recovery Community. In The Rooms is for people already in recovery, seeking immediate help from any addiction, and their family, friends and allies. They offer AA, NA, plus other 12 Step and non 12 Step Support Groups; geo-locatable global meeting finder, daily E Meditations, afternoon affirmations, free iPhone and Android apps, speaker tape library and much more. Available 24 /7/365.

Lighthouse Network  Free Addiction and Counseling Helpline   877-562-2565  A faith-based organization that offers free, confidential assistance 24 hours per day by caring staff that are well-trained to help the caller locate the most appropriate care for their personal situation and ways to pay for it. They provide guidance to find the right treatment program: addictions, eating disorders, depression/stress/emotions, or relationships.

Living Hope Ministries  A non-profit, non-denominational, 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to proclaim God’s truth for those who seek sexual and relational wholeness through a more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. They provide free in-person support groups, one-on-one pastoral counseling and mentoring, online support forums, in addition to education and training for the local church and community in the U.S. and worldwide.

Mercy Multiplied – Providing hope and healing to desperate young women who are seeking freedom from life-controlling issues such as: Physical & Sexual Abuse – including Sex Trafficking, Eating Disorders, Self-Injury, Drug & Alcohol Addictions, Depression and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Moms in Prayer International – Moms impacting children and schools worldwide as they gather together to pray. Groups exist for every age and category: elementary, middle and high school, college and career, military, moms of prodigals, disabled, etc. Their website offers tools to help you pray, plus help connecting with a group or starting one.

Nar-Anon   Local (and online) support groups and resources for individuals whose loved ones struggle with a drug problem; applicable for any issue you have no control over.

Prayer for Prodigals – A website developed by Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for hope, encouragement, and community as you pray for your loved ones. Confidential and password protected. Post prayer requests for your child and yourself. Receive prayers back from members of the community. Full of resources – scriptures, prayers, devotionals, places for help and much more. Follow directions to request an invitation to join. Annual Worldwide Day of Prayer June 2nd.

Prodigal Child Ministries – Provides both biblical and secular support; varied resources for parents of struggling teens and young adults in crisis in order to give them HOPE and a FUTURE. Founded by parents who understand and have been in our shoes.

A Father’s Walk   For single dads. Their mission is to impact the lives of children by encouraging and equipping single fathers to be intentional leaders in their own lives and in the lives of their children.

RecoverYourLife – One of the biggest and best Self-Harm Support Communities on the Internet. Helping people who suffer with self-injury, they also support other issues like Eating Disorders, Mental Health problems, Abuse, and more. Articles are on the Main Site, Forums, Chat and Live Help – run by their supporters – are key places for support and help, any day at any time, 24/7 all year round.

Spark of Life – FREE weekend retreats for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one (or any significant loss – divorce, health, financial, etc.). Their goal is to instill hope that, though life can never be the same after loss, it can be rich and fulfilling. They offer Grief Recovery Retreats that are given as a gift to all who come. Therapist lead, all costs are covered. All you have to do is get there. These retreats are held at beautiful resorts around the country.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  800-274-TALK  (8255) Also offers help in Spanish. Toll free number for help 24/7 including holidays. This help line is for the individual who may be considering ending their life as well as for concerned family and friends. Their website includes helpful information (i.e. prevention) and resources, including for veterans, young adults, and those affected by bullying.

Teen Challenge USA  Provide youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society. By applying biblical principles, Teen Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally-sound, emotionally-balanced, socially-adjusted, physically-well, and spiritually-alive. Programs are located all over the country.

The Envoy Group  Assist and educate families struggling with at risk teens to locate Residential and Therapeutic Boarding Schools that best meet their needs. Founded by a mom who understands.

The Hope Line – Dawson McAllister network. Helping people navigate difficult life issues; relational, emotional, physical or spiritual through one-on-one chat all over the world, blogs and online content. Their mission is to seek, reach, rescue, and restore those in need of hope.

The Prodigal Hope Network – The work of a mom who shares our struggles and is also a licensed mental health counselor. A place of support, comfort, and encouragement. A place of strength to endure the wait as we stand in the gap together for our prodigals. Online support groups, talk radio broadcasts, a blog, e-Hope Coaching (for a small fee), sharing prayer requests for your child and much more. An invaluable resource offering a wide variety of help.

Buddy Scott Ministries – An online answer to prayer for parents, grandparents, guardians, foster parents, ministers, teachers or counselors to more effectively help the teens they care about. Buddy wrote the book Relief for Hurting ParentsHow to Fight for the Lives of Teenagers. He offers a leader’s guide and teacher’s resource volume. He was the executive director of a counseling clinic for 20 years and the parent of a defiant teen.

Allison Bottke – Author of Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children and God Allows U Turns; and speaker. We have used her boundaries book in our parent support group to help us stop enabling and regain our sanity!

Hope for a Broken World – A Christian ministry offering specialty greeting cards expressing God’s message of hope, encouragement and redemption. They offer two lines of cards: Broken Lives and Broken Hearts. Broken Lives reassure those who have made bad choices that the Lord loves them and wants to restore them. Broken Hearts offer words of comfort, encouragement and hope to those who have suffered broken dreams and hearts as a result of loved ones bad choices.

People of the Second Chance –  They help hurting people find freedom and equip the church to do the same. “In 2010 we saw a problem: Humans really struggle with giving out second chances, especially when it comes to themselves. This set us on a journey to make grace a household name–not just something we say before meals, but something we unleash in real-life. What started as a simple blog has now become a dynamic organization helping hundreds of thousands of people find a redemptive purpose in their not-so-perfect stories.”

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6 thoughts on “Websites for Hurting Parents

    • Lisa, I’m sorry, but not yet. Here are a few other suggestions you might try: (they are also here on our website)

      1. If you are dealing with a mental health issue, go to the NAMI website and look for a support group in your area for those who have a family member with a mental health issue. nami.org
      Drug issue: nar-anon.org
      Alcohol issue: al-anon.org

      2. Hurting Moms, Mending Hearts – they have online and local
      Groups in some states. Check out their FaceBook page, too.

      3. Lastly, if you know someone, or if your church is interested in starting
      a support group, we can help them.

      4. Join the Prayer for Prodigals website and use it to request prayer for
      your child and yourself: prayerforprodigals.com
      This was developed by CRU and I work them in this prayer ministry. It is a
      confidential password protected website. Post your requests and people
      intercede for you and post prayers back to you. It’s full of many resources
      to help.

      I hope this helps. May God comfort and uphold you today as you surrender your child into
      his hands. He will walk with you every step of the way. You are NOT alone!

  1. Hello, I am writing in hope of finding right resource. I am becoming a guardian of my mentally ill sister who is 34. I am trying to find helpful resources for her to get help she needs, specifically housing. She has social security disability but in a home that is a hazard. Mental facilities I have spoken with aren’t much help. Thank you!

    • If we were you we would contact your local NAMI offices, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They also offer support groups -for her and for you as the family member. Go to nami.org They should be able to direct you to resources in your area. You can also call 211 to find out what social services are available. Click here for their website for nation wide assistance. Another idea is to check out the ministry called Fresh Hope, freshhope.us. They have a lot of good information on their site and also offer faith based support groups for both the individual and their loved ones. God bless you for being willing to become her guardian and may He guide you to the resources she needs. And please, do get involved in a support group for yourself. You’ll need the companionship and understanding of others who are walking a similar journey.
      Warmly in Christ, Dena