> Abusive Relationships. Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310, Columbia. Free childcare. 410-997-0304.
> Adoption Support Group. Mon., Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m. St. John Lutheran Church, 6004 Waterloo Road, Columbia. Light refreshments and free childcare available. To register, call Kristy Caceres, 1-877-342-5667.
> Alzheimer's Caregivers. Second Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living, 8220 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-9744.
> Asperger's Syndrome. Support and education. Second Thursday, 7:30-9 p.m. Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Ct., Columbia. 410-730-0068.
> Better BedRest Inc. Resource and referral service for women on bed rest during pregnancy. 410-740-7662.
> Cancer. For people living with cancer and those who care about them. Second Tuesday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Vernon Brown Ministry Center, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel. 410-792-0470.
> The CARE Center. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Provider of free assistance to Howard County parents in finding services and programs in the community for children and teens. 410-313-2273.
> Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Second Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Support and information for parents of children with AD/HD. Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. For information, Nancy Rhodes, 410-796-6700.
> Divorce. Financial divorce specialist John Faggio presents workshop on what women should know about divorce. Second Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 410-740-8713.
> Drop-in knitting and crocheting. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. For cancer patients and survivors, friends and family members. Bring your own supplies or borrow ours. Beginners welcome. Please indicate if you would prefer the first and third weeks or the second and fourth weeks. Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 410-740-5858.
> Family Support Group. For family and friends of adults with mental illness. Second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 410-772-9300.
> Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. No weigh-ins. Sundays, 8:30-10 a.m. Columbia Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 781-321-9118.
> Howard County Alzheimer's Support Group. Second Thursday (except August), 7-9 p.m. The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Linda Boyle, 410-313-6028.
> Howard County General Hospital Parkinson Group. Second Thursday, 10 a.m. In the hospital's rehabilitation area. 410-884-4756 or e-mail email@example.com.
> Individual Differences In Learning. Information and support for parents and teachers of highly able children with learning disabilities. Second Monday, 7 p.m. Linden-Linthicum Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. 410-531-0764.
> Individualized Weight Loss Counseling. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. $25 for half-hour visit. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, Suite L-9, Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 410-740-7601.
PJuvenile diabetes. Network of members who are faced with the daily changes of caring for someone with Type 1 diabetes. Second Tuesday, 7 p.m. Borders, 6151 Columbia Crossing, Columbia. 410-290-0062.
> La Leche League of Columbia AM. Breastfeeding information and mother-to-mother support. First Friday, 10 a.m. Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Ann, 410-309-4940, Bernadette, 301-421-1177 or Katie 410-461-3423. For breastfeeding questions, 1-877-452-5324.
> The Listening Place. For parents and caregivers of physically or sexually abused children. Thursdays, 7-8:15 p.m. STTAR Center, 9810 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite C., Columbia.R.S.V.P. 410-313-2725 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
> Living with Cancer. Second Thursday, 1 p.m. Glenwood Senior Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5440.
> Mental illness. The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Support and education to the friends and family members of those who have a mental illness. Second Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 410-772-9300.
> Moms Inc. Support and networking group for moms who run a home-based business (or those who wish to start one). Second Tuesday, 10 a.m. Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane. 410-795-8390.
> Mothers & More. National support group to address the personal needs and interests of women during parenting years. Twice monthly on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Free. Call for location, 443-535-0592.
> The National Family Resiliency Center. For children and teens, ages 5-18 whose parents have separated, divorced or remarried. Each age group meets for one 90-minute session per week. Limited sliding fees available. Registration required. For information, Lauren Woodfork or Kathy Helt, 410-740-9553, Ext. 200 or e-mail email@example.com.
> Options. Support for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children. 410-992-4597.
> Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Support for parents and family members; separate teen support group. Second Tuesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Potluck dessert holiday party and a concert by the New Wave Singers. Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. All are welcome. Meetings are confidential. Colette Roberts, 410-290-8292, Steve Charing, 410-531-9459.
> Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m. 301-776-7394, 703-360-2225.
> Parkinson's Disease Support Group for Caregivers. Second Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon. Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage House Road, Columbia. Donations accepted. Lynada D. Johnson, 410-992-1120.
> Polio group. For anyone who has had polio. Second Saturday, 10 a.m. Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Jean, 410-312-0606.
> Recovery from Food Addiction. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Twelve-step program for those struggling with food. No weigh-ins or fees. Meets in Columbia. For directions, locations and information, call Lynne, 410-744-0940 or Sheri, 443-745-6970.
> Rehabilitation sharing. For those recovering from strokes and long-term illness. Second Thursday, 6 p.m. Laurel Regional Hospital, 5th floor, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel. 301-497-7901.
> Relatives as Parents (RAP) of Howard County. Second Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. For those who are raising a relative's child or one placed with you by an agency. The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. For more information, call 410-381-4800, 410-313-1940.
> Separated and Divorced. For those who are suffering through a separation, divorce, or a broken relationship. Mondays, 6:45-8:30 p.m. Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Ellicott City. DivorceCare for Kids (ages 5-12) will meet at the same time. Child care is provided for children under 5. 410-442-5800.
> Spouse caregivers. Second Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living, 8220 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. 410-313-9744.
> Stepfamilies. For adult members of stepfamilies. Second Wednesday, 7:30-9 p.m. Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. Membership optional. 410-381-2402.
> Twelve-step recovery groups. The Serenity Center, 9650 Basket Ring Road, Columbia. 410-884-6088.
> Yes, My Kid. For parents of children with substance abuse issues. Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. 10306 Donleigh Dr., Columbia. 410-992-4326.
Listings are accepted on a space-available basis. Groups must be open to the public, and priority will be given to those that meet in Howard County. Send information to: Support groups, Flier/Times, 10750 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21044; fax to 410-997-4564; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.