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Does this sound like your parenting journey?

Strong emotions:

Fear, Guilt, Anger, Grief and Loss, Hopelessness, Worry, Anxiety, Powerlessness

Struggle with:

Enabling, Isolation,Trust, Control, Expectations

Damage to:

Marriages and Family Relationships, Health, Employment and Finances, Spiritual Well-Being

We offer comfort, encouragement, and hope!

  • Blogs on relevant topics to hurting parents

  • Encouraging messages to your inbox

  • Dena’s book, You Are Not Alone, and other book recommendations

  • Support Group find a group near you or start a group:  We offer a Support Group Facilitator Guide, a Parent Notebook, and FREE coaching.

  • Facebook groups, both open and private

  • Personal Meetings

  • Phone and Skype appointments

  • Intercessory Prayer

  • Speaking and Seminars


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you’re not alone

You Are Not Alone

by Dena Yohe

You would go to the ends of the earth for your child. So, if your teenager or young adult is in the midst of crisis due to self-injury, mental illness, depression, bullying, or destructive choices, you probably feel broken, powerless, and isolated.
Dena Yohe wants you to know you are not alone. You are not a bad parent. And you are going to be okay.

Dena has been where you are. In You Are Not Alone, she speaks from experience as she offers healthy ways to maintain your other relationships, suggestions for responding to friends who don’t understand, and ideas for keeping up your emotional and spiritual well-being when your world feels as if it’s crashing down.

It is possible to find purpose in your pain, joy beyond your fear, and hope for every tomorrow. Includes prayers, exercises, websites, and other helpful resources.

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Do you long to be part of a group just for parents that cover a broad range of issues, while also allowing for your Christian perspective, scripture, and prayer?

We’ve been facilitating this kind of group in our home for over eight years and it’s where Hope for Hurting Parents support groups began. When parents began asking about groups in their location and there weren’t any, we decided to write a guide to help them start one.



You might be thinking, “I’m such a mess how can I lead a group?” We’ve taken the emphasis off leading and placed it on facilitating. Your role is not as a teacher or instructor, rather, you’re simply a facilitator sharing content, asking a few open-ended questions, then guiding the discussion. You aren’t expected to know everything or have your act together. We’re all fellow strugglers on the same heartbreaking path. Authenticity and a willingness to be vulnerable with your trials is your best asset.

We recognize that what we do and how we do it – the frequency our group meets and where – may not fit every situation. Feel free to structure your group as you see best. Our goal is to have more support groups all over the country. There are many parents in need, with few resources available.

It’s not our intention to create high content-driven groups. Rather, these groups are safe, confidential, loving communities for hurting parents to find the encouragement, resources, acceptance, comfort, and hope they need.

Our goal is to give parents the opportunity to share honestly about their feelings with others who understand, won’t think less of them, or give pat answers.

A few of the 22 topics are: grief and loss, worry and anxiety, enabling, fear, communication, and anger. You may use them in any order you choose. There’s enough material for a whole year if you met twice a month, once in November and December due to the holidays. You can determine how often you want to meet.

Register your support group to stay connected with Hope for Hurting Parents and have access to additional help for your group.


    Parent Testimony

    “I really appreciated the topic being printed and handed out. I had something tangible I could hang on to and look at again and again during times of crisis, offering scripture and hope.  Most of all the group supported me with their prayers, which helped me to regain my focus on God’s strength instead of my own. I now realize my son’s situation is not hopeless.”
    – Parent

    Counselor Testimony

    “These support groups provide a safe place to feel, share and encourage one another as hurting parents who are on a journey through parenting challenges with adolescent or adult children. The groups are warm, intimate and confidential. The facilitators guide parents, with hope, through their many resources. I often refer hurting parents to HHP as it is a crucial piece of the healing process.  I’m excited to see this group multiply and bless others!”
    – Tanya Alvarad, MA, LMHC

    Facilitator Testimony

    “The topics are so relevant in your guide. I think every parent experiencing these types of situations can relate to the topics at some point in their journey with their adult child. Facilitating a Hope for Hurting Parents group is very meaningful to me. God keeps leading me to others who are hurting. God used my situation to give me more compassion and encourage others in similar situations.”
    – Group Facilitator

    Ministry Leader Testimony

    “The beauty of what happens in a Hope for Hurting Parents support group has been so inspiring to us at Village View Church. The group is a safe place for participants to take their hurt, let it out, then leave with the hope they need to make it through another day with the strength of Jesus Christ guiding every step.”
    – Deb Williams, 
    Former Staff of Recovery and Support Ministries, Village View Community Church, Summerfield, FL

    Purchase the complete Facilitator Guide and Parent Notebooks

    Spanish Edition Now Available

    Facilitator Guide


    Esperanza para Padres Que Sufren: Grupo de Apoyo Guía para el Facilitador


    Parent Notebook

    Hope For Hurting Parents - Parent Notebook


    Esperanza para Padres Que Sufren: Cuadernillo para Padres