Support groups provide a place for participants to exchange not only helpful information but also share life experiences that encourage each other in their struggles. Most of these support groups are facilitated by social workers.
Because raising children in the United States presents unique challenges to
Japanese speaking mothers, Little Tokyo Service Center holds a parenting
support group called Koala Club. The mothers, along with their children, meet
twice a month to socialize and interact with each other. Making new friends and
building a support network is a significant aspect of the group because many of
them are recent immigrants from Japan and often feel isolated having left
family and friends behind.