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

In collaboration with Arc Greater Twin Cities

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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

2015-2016 Events and Dates Tentative Schedule

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 and Arc Greater Twin Cities.

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Mankato

NEW GROUP

Please contact Shelly for specific meeting times and topics

Pediatric Therapy Services

150 St. Andrews Court, Suite 310

Mankato, MN

Shelly Henk      ShellyJo7@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

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

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

Cross of Glory Baptist Church
4600 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka, MN

Mary Hauff                             mary@dsamn.org

Facebook:  Minnetonka Down Syndrome Parent Group

Childcare is provided.

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Owatonna – South I-35 Parent Group

Please contact Sarah for specific meeting times and locations.

Sarah Zahl          supersarahkz@yahoo.com

Facebook group: Owatonna Area Down Syndrome Support Group

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St. Cloud Parent Connect – Inclusive of all special needs

6:00-7:30 pm, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 22, Nov. 10, Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. No January meeting,  2016 dates TBD

Hope Covenant Church
336 4th Ave. South, St. Cloud, MN

Cindy Owen ( cowen@arcmidstate.org

Childcare provided

Facilitated and in collaboration with Arc Midstate

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

Somali Families – Twin Cities

NEW GROUP

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics
Back Education Center (Next to the welcome desk on the 2nd floor)
2525 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Interpreter will be present

Please contact Parent Group Program Manager for more details. Tracy Hafeman, Tracy@dsamn.org or (651) 603-0720

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

Friday, March 11th. Pizza will be provided

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