There are so many wonderful resources out there that offer additional support during off-hours. I've listed some great ones below that I hope you will find helpful.
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For New Moms and Dads
Postpartum Support International has a Warmline that offers moms dealing with overwhelming feelings, like sadness and anxiety, someone to talk to when the rest of their support network might be unavailable. Leave a message and a volunteer will call you back to offer words of encouragement, a listening ear, and any resources that might be useful. Call them at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD).
PSI also offers free group chats with experts for moms and dads to voice concerns and have questions answered. Click the following link for more information. http://www.postpartum.net/chat-with-an-expert/
Supporting Mamas is a local non-profit based out of Campbell that offers free or low-cost support groups for moms. Some of the groups allow for drop-ins and encourage moms to bring along baby so a lack of childcare doesn't become a barrier to receiving support. Below is the link for their current groups. http://www.supportingmamas.org/support-groups.html
I don't think it's possible to have too many resources and networks to receive support. Here are some local organizations that offer just that and more.
Peninsula Parents of Special Needs Kids (PPSNK) is a group for special needs parents in Northern California. We talk about our children, ask questions and answer others, trade opinions, give advice and make support connections. We discuss our experiences and suggest referrals where we can. Join by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a brief introduction which will be seen by the moderator only. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsulaparentssnk/
Parents Helping Parents' mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care. http://www.php.com/
Via Services has been serving the Bay Area and beyond since 1945. We are a private, independent non-profit dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. In doing so, we ultimately support the entire family. Our diverse programs offer something for everyone. Via Services provides assessment, speech therapy, and respite care along with many other services. http://www.viaservices.org/