Young Parents Group offers opportunities for support, playtime

Young Parents Group meets twice a month in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's clinic waiting room, 200 Maine St., to socialize, share ideas, support one another and simply have fun.

The group is for Douglas County residents who are 25 and younger and who are expecting a child or are parenting a child who is 5 years or younger. “It’s nice to have friends who are in the same situation as you are and to have them in your support group,” Blake Daniel, of Lawrence, said.

Meetings, which are 5:30-7 p.m., are scheduled for:

• Friday, July 1

• Thursday, July 21

• Friday, Aug. 5

• Friday, Aug. 19

Lawrence resident Amber Ward, who helped start the group, encourages other young parents to join. “It’s really fun for our kids to have great play dates in a safe environment, and it’s awesome that we get to talk and communicate about what’s going on in our lives,” she said.

Mandy Nestler, Healthy Families Case Manager at the Health Department, coordinates the meetings. For more information, call or text 785-424-4351 or email


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