>Abusive relationships. For women who are or have been involved in abusive relationships. Offered by Domestic Violence Center of Howard County. Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m., 8950 Route 108, Suite 116, Columbia. $1 donation. 410-997-0304.
>Adult Children of Alcoholics. A 12-step program to overcome the effects of growing up in the home of an alcoholic. Wednesdays, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. 410-531-6248.
>Adult grief group. Explore the meaning and process of grief. Mondays, Aug. 20 through Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m., Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia. Free. 410-730-5072 to register.
>Ataxia. Howard County support group under auspices of the Chesapeake Chapter of the National Ataxia Foundation. First Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, Lorien Nursing Home conference room, 6334 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Tim Daly, 410-715-1241; Kathy, 301-854-2650.
>Better BedRest Inc. Resource and referral service for women on bed rest during pregnancy. Phone support network. Free. 410-740-7662.
>Cancer group for young adults. Under auspices of the Ulman Fund. 5560 Sterrett Place. Free. Susan Jacobsen, 410-997-2100, to schedule private consultation before first meeting. The Ulman Fund, 410-964-0202.
>Caregivers. For adults caring for or concerned about an aging relative. Usually first Monday, 7:30 - 9 p.m., Jewish Federation of Howard County office, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia. $15 single, $22.50 couples. 410-730-4976, Ext. 25.
>Children of separation and divorce. For first- and second-grade children. Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., Children of Separation and Divorce Center, 2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121, Columbia. Sliding fee available. 410-740-9553.
>Diabetes. Howard County Diabetes Patient Education and Support Group. First Tuesday, 7:30-9 p.m., Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. No registration necessary. Mary Blanchard, 410-740-7695.
>Family to Family. Support and education for family members of those with severe brain disorders. Sponsored by NAMI of Howard County. Thursdays, Aug. 30-Oct. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Howard County Mental Health Authority, Dorsey Hall, Columbia. Free. Ken, 410-480-1745.
>HIV. Sponsored by Family and Children's Services. Family Life Center Building, 10451 Twin Rivers Road, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia. Free.
*Family and friends of those with HIV. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Anne Yenchko, 410-997-3557, Florence Miller, 410-531-2303.
*People with HIV. Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m. Josh Cohen, 301-294-9929.
>Howard County Infants and Toddlers Program. Early intervention for infants and toddlers up to 2 years old who are developmentally delayed. Assists families in securing evaluation and assessment, therapy and treatment. Available by referals, 410-313-7017.
>Just baby and me. Support for first time moms and dads. Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m., Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. 410-730-3987.
>Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Howard County Chapter. For parents of children with diabetes. First Wednesday, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Free. Kelly Aylward, 410-489-7485.
>Link at Christ Church. Information and referral service sponsored by cooperative ministry. Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-noon, plus 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 8-9 p.m. Thursday. 410-309-9695.
>Living with cancer. First and third Monday, 6 to 7:15 p.m., Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, Catholic Chapel, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Barbara Hope, 410-964-1438.
>Multiple sclerosis self-help. First Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Matthew House, 7261 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia. Kim Pernia, 301-498-5622.
>Overeaters Anonymous/H.O.W. Mondays 6 p.m., Wednesdays 7:30 p.m., Serenity Center 10005 Old Columbia Road, Columbia. Howertine, 301-212-9590; Rosemarie, 301-617-0987.
>Parent Education and Support Group. Parents of children who have been sexually abused or assaulted. One time program every six weeks. Sponsored by STTAR. 410-290-6432.
>Parents Anonymous. Self-help group. Sponsored by Family Tree. Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m., Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Child care. Free. Wanda, 410-531-6751; Genevieve, 410-381-7747.
>Single Again Ministry. Spiritual and emotional support for separation, divorce or death of spouse. Sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Columbia. First Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday potluck and meeting, 7 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. Maureen O'Shea, 410-964-1437.
>Twelve-Step recovery groups: Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Co-Dependents Anonymous, Food Addicts Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nicotine Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, Sexaholics Anonymous and S-Anon. The Serenity Center, 10005 Old Columbia Road, Suite M-155. For schedule, Susan, 410-290-8152.
>Widows and widowers. Sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish in Columbia. Tuesdays, 5:30-7 p.m., Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Barbara Hope at 410-964-1438.
>Widows and widowers. Dinner first Sunday, 6 p.m., board games third and fourth Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Free. For location, 410-730-0127.
>Women in transition. Starts Sept. 18 for women facing life changes. Tuesdays, 6-7:15 p.m., Family Life Center, 10451 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. $15 per session. Register, 410-997-3557.
>Women's group. Offered by Stevenson Psychological Associates. Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 311-312, Columbia. Sliding fee scale. 410-730-6950.
>Women's group. Focusing on relationships, parenthood, depression, career anxiety and separation issues. Tuesdays, 8 p.m., Columbia Counseling Center, 5525 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 321, Columbia. Connie, 410-992-9149.
>Young widows and widowers. Tuesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia. Free, pre-registration required. 410-730-5072.