Get help with questions or concerns about your child or loved one's
possible or confirmed use or abuse of substances.
Our support groups are open, free and all are welcome.
Parent Connection can offer help and guidance to those struggling with issues of substance abuse. For information or referrals, please call (203) 270-1600. Calls are strictly confidential. You will be directed to other agencies and services available, as appropriate.
We offer the following weekly support groups:
Hope & Support Group
A weekly gathering for parents and caregivers with children or loved one's affected by substance use/abuse. The groups are facilitated by a licensed therapist and provide a confidential venue to receive information and support concerning how to handle their child's or loved one's suspected or confirmed use of substances.
A compassionate venue for those who have lost a child or loved one due to substance abuse or catastrophic circumstances.
Get help with questions or concerns about your child's or loved one's possible or confirmed use or abuse of substances.
Our support groups are open, free and all are welcome. Donations are always appreciated.
Our Newtown Hope & Support group is being supported by the generosity of Newport Academy. Newport Academy is a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents and families struggling with mental health issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse. We offer a compassionate, family-systems approach, providing gender-specific, holistic programs that encompass clinical therapy, academic support, and experiential practices. Our primary mission is to empower teens and restore families.
Our Watertown Hope & Support group is being supported by the generosity of the
Jonathan Simko Scholarship Foundation.
Meet the Facilitators
Lynn Tidgwell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lynn Tidgwell Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for the past 12 years. She was drawn to this profession after being inspired by the many mental health professionals who gave their support throughout her family’s struggle with substance use disorders. It was their compassion, empathy and skill that were a lifeline for her, and she wanted to give the same to others who similarly struggled.
Lynn's core belief is that unconditional love must guide all of our actions with loved ones. This is a transformative process for most of us, and our groups provide a powerful source of encouragement for each of our unique journeys.
Lynn will be facilitating this group in honor of her son Daniel who lost his life to a substance use disorder.
Janet Rooney, Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN)
Janet Rooney is a Psychiatric APRN with over 25 years of experience. She has worked in out-patient and in-patient psychiatric facilities doing direct care as well as leadership positions. Janet has taught psychiatric nursing at the undergraduate and graduate level. Currently she has a private psychotherapy practice in Wallingford, CT. Janet also co-facilitates a Hope and Support Group in Middlefield, CT. Janet will be co-facilitating this group in honor of her son Luke who lost his life to a substance use disorder.
Linda Jones, LMFT, MS, RD
Linda has been a licensed therapist in the mental health field for over twenty five years, helping clients in their process of healing. As a Nutrition Therapist and more recently, a Marriage and Family Therapist, she has worked with individuals, couples and families to support change, health and recovery. Linda meets clients where they are at, in a supportive and emotionally focused approach with empathy and compassion for growth.
Linda facilitates the monthly bereavement groups at Parent Connection to provide group members support during all stages of loss, in a safe loving space. The group explores thoughts, feelings and monthly topics to examine grief and loss with an extremely loving group that understands. Bereaved parents and family need support to heal, refocus and reclaim a new and different life.
Linda has had the privilege of facilitating the bereavement group in honor of her son Tyler, who had autism and passed away in 2009.