Parent Groups

Parent Group Meeting Locations and Times

Parent networking groups provide information to parents and grandparents of children with Down syndrome. New members are always welcome. These groups offer a safe place to share the joys and challenges of raising a child with Down syndrome. You network with other families who have a child with Down syndrome, learn and share information and ideas. Please contact Tracy Hafeman at 651-603-0720 or 1-800-511-3696 for more information on existing parent groups or to spark a new parent group in your area.

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Adult Matters List Serve

Facebook: DSAM Adult Matters

Apple Valley – South of the River Group

Third Sunday, 5-7 pm, Monthly except no July or December meeting

Shepherd of the Valley Church
12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley

Erin Statz                ErinStatz711@gmail.com

RSVP requested.  Childcare and meal provided.

Facebook: South of the River Down Syndrome Support Group

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Bemidji and Surrounding Communities

Meeting Year Around – Summertime Social Gatherings

Please contact the group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.

Children are welcome.

Sarah Reiners         sreiners77@gmail.com

Facebook Group: Northern Minnesota Special Kids United

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Chaska Parent Group

2nd Thursday, 6:30-8 pm, Sept.-May

St. John’s Lutheran Church

300 4th Street E., Chaska, MN 55318

Jeri Haft            coo_coo69@hotmail.com

RSVP requested.     In collaboration with Arc Greater Twin Cities

Chisago Lakes Down Syndrome Family Group

NEW GROUP

3rd Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:20 pm

Lakes Free Church  

29620 Olinda Trail, Lindstrom, MN 55045

Kristi Hinsch kristihinsch@yahoo.com 

Tina Letourneau shaferacres@yahoo.com

Contact group facilitator for meeting dates and time

Facebook: Chisago Lakes Down Syndrome Family Group

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Duluth – Down Up North Parent Group

Please contact the group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.
Heather Krohn        heather.n.krohn@gmail.com

Website:  DownUpNorth.com

Facebook: Down Up North Parent Group

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Elk River Parent Group

2nd Tuesdays

Check www.nwspark.com or contact facilitator for time and location details

Heather Coudron         woodland132@yahoo.com

RSVP requested.     No Childcare provided.

In collaboration with NW S.P.A.R.K.

Website: www.nwspark.com and Facebook group: NW SPARK (Special Parents and Remarkable Kids) and NWSPARK Down Syndrome Parent Group

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Grandparent Group – Twin Cities

3rd Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 am

Perkins
4201 W 78th St, Bloomington

Jerry Cooper

Facebook: DSAMN Grandparents

Grandparent Group – Facebook

Grandparents with Grandkids with Down Syndrome (GWGWDS)

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Hastings Down Syndrome Connections

4th Monday, 6-8 pm, Sept.-May

McAuliffe Elementary School, Media Center/cafeteria/staff lounge
1601 12th Street W., Hastings, MN

Kaiya Witt                 kaiya.witt@comcast.net

Chris Call              chriscall@embarqmail.com

Childcare provided

Facebook: Hastings Down Syndrome Group

In collaboration with the Hastings School District

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Mankato

NEW GROUP

Please contact Courtney for specific meeting times and topics

Pediatric Therapy Services

150 St. Andrews Court, Suite 310

Mankato, MN

Courtney Kruse   courtneykruse@gmail.com

Facebook:  Down Syndrome Support Group of Mankato

Childcare provided.

Maple Grove – 8 Years and Older

Please contact Lisa for specific meeting times and topics

Lisa Bartsch         ljbartsch@gmail.com

Maple Grove – Birth to 8 Year olds

1st Monday, 6:00-7:30 pm, Sept.-May

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Church
7180 Hemlock Lane North, Maple Grove, MN

Tiffany Yerxa     tiffany.yerxa@gmail.com

Heidi & Billy Weber heidi.r.weber@gmail.com

Childcare provided

Facebook:  Maple Grove Parent Group, Down Syndrome Assoc of MN

Mid-Minnesota Down Syndrome Community

NEW GROUP

Meetings held in collaboration with the Arc Midstate

Jessica Watson    danjessi@hotmail.com

Kelly Dirkes     kellydirkes@gmail.com

Lisa Harter     lisaharter7763@gmail.com

Meetings held at Hope Covenant Church, St. Cloud

2016 Meeting dates: October 13th, October 27th, November 10th, Dec 1st

Childcare provided

Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1660750957524902/

Minneapolis

NEW GROUP

4th Monday, 6:00-7:30 pm, January – May

Richfield Lutheran Church

8 W 60th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419

Lauren Anderson                  lauren.jamie.anderson@gmail.com

Ashley Olthoff                        (olthoff.ashley@gmail.com

RSVP Requested. Childcare provided.

Facebook: Minneapolis Down Syndrome Family Group

Minnesota Moms (Children five and under)

Primarily an online community. Please contact a group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.

Heather Kamia (St. Paul)               heather.kamia@gmail.com

Lauren Anderson (Mpls)               lauren.jamie.anderson@gmail.com

Ashley Rabemahefa (New Brighton)      aahecht54@gmail.com

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)         christine@christinesfloraltouch.com.

Erin To Statz (Lakeville)               Erinsta711@hotmail.com

Facebook: Minnesota Moms with children who have Down syndrome (five and under)

Minnesota Moms (5-12)

Primarily an online community. Please contact a group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.

Lauren Anderson (Minneapolis)            lauren.jamie.anderson@gmail.com

Tracy Hafeman (Lino Lakes)               tracy@dsamn.org

Heather Kamia (St. Paul)                 r heather.kamia@gmail.com

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)           r christine@christinesfloraltouch.com.

Suzy Runkel (Apple Valley)             suzynelson@hotmail.com

Erin Statz (Lakeville)                   erinsta711@hotmail.com

Andrea Winkler(Lakeville)               hockey_winks@yahoo.com

Facebook:  Minnesota Moms With Children With Down Syndrome (Ages 5-12)

Minnesota Moms (12-18)

Primarily an online community. Please contact a group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.

Heather Kamia (St. Paul)                  heather.kamia@gmail.com

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)         (christine@christinesfloraltouch.com

Facebook:  Minnesota Moms With Children With Down Syndrome (Ages 12-18)

Minnetonka Parent Group

 

Contact Tracy Hafeman at Tracy@dsamn.org for specific meeting times/location

Facebook:  Minnetonka Down Syndrome Parent Group

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St. Paul Families

Location varies dependent upon activity, but typically held at St. John the Evangelist Church:

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
60 Kent St., St. Paul, MN

Ellison Yahner        ellisonyahner@gmail.com

Childcare is provided. Please RSVP for all meetings

Southeast Minnesota

NEW GROUP – Meeting quarterly

Sunday, January 17th, 5:30 pm, Sunday, April 17th, Sunday, July 17th, and Sunday, October 16th

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
559 20th St SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Nicole Kunkel        nicole.hoeft@gmail.com

Facebook Group: SE Minnesota Down Syndrome Parent/Grandparent Network

Southwest  Minnesota Parent Group

Meeting Year Around

Please contact the group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.

Kim Weidert          kimw@iw.net

Shelli DeGroot      lsdegroot@frontiernet.net

Facebook Community:   Designer Genes Down Syndrome Network

Stillwater Area Parent Networking Group

2nd Monday, 6:15-8 pm. Sept-May

December and Summer Picnic Dates to be determined

Stillwater ECFE
1111 Holcombe St.
Stillwater, MN 

Angela Mann               a.m.m.8834@gmail.com

Shere Krusemark    sheresiefer@me.com

Mary Milligan                Marymccann27@yahoo.com

Facebook Group: Stillwater, MN Down Syndrome Family Support Group

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RSVP requested. Childcare provided.

White Bear Lake/Northern Ramsey County

NEW GROUP

Meets the second Friday of each month, September – May

Willow Lane Elementary School, 3375 Willow Avenue, White Bear Lake

Leslie Sieleni                sielenil@gmail.com

RSVP Requested. Childcare provided.

Facebook: White Bear Lake Area/Northern Ramsey County Down Syndrome Family Network

Wright County Parent Networking Group

Quarterly Family Social Events

Contact Sheri or Penny for event dates and locations

Sheri Jorgensen    sheri.jorgensen@co.wright.mn.us

Penny Kauffman      pckauffman@comcast.net

Facebook group: Wright County Minnesota Down Syndrome Support Group