Parent Groups

Parent Group Meeting Locations and Times

Parent groups provide support and 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 parents who have a child with Down syndrome, learn and share information and ideas. Please contact Mary Hauff at 651-603-0720 or 1-800-511-3696 for more information on existing parent groups or to spark organizing a new parent group in your area.

Apple Valley – South of the River Group

Third Sunday, 5-7 pm, Monthly except no Jul. or Dec. meeting
2015 dates:  Aug. 16

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

Suzy Runkel           (952)891-5082 or

Ruth Ann Lang

RSVP requested.  Childcare provided.


In collaboration with Arc Greater Twin Cities

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           (218)368-6816 or

Facebook Group: Northern Minnesota Special Kids United

Buffalo Parent Group

Quarterly Family Social Events

Contact Sheri or Penny for event dates and locations

Sheri Jorgensen      (763)682-7468 or (763)280-4477 or

Penny Kauffman      (763)498-7173 or

Chaska Parent Group

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


St. John’s Lutheran Church
300 4th Street E., Chaska, MN 55318

Kara Parker           (952)237-4654 or

Connie Snow          (612)207-4806 or

RSVP requested.     In collaboration with Arc Greater Twin Cities

Duluth – Down Up North Parent Group

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


Elk River Parent Group

2nd Tuesdays

Check or contact facilitator for time and location details

Heather Coudron          (763)228-0721 or

RSVP requested.     No Childcare provided.

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

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

Grandparent Group – Twin Cities

3rd Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 am

2015: Aug. 20

4201 W 78th St, Bloomington

Jerry Cooper              (952)432-9769

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

Jennifer Strode        (763)291-5308 or

Kaiya Witt                 (612)670-5320 or

Childcare provided

Facebook: Hastings Down Syndrome Group

In collaboration with the Hastings School District and Arc Greater Twin Cities.

Maple Grove – 8 Years and Older

3rd Tuesday, 6:30-8:15 pm, Sept.-May

Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Rd., Maple Grove, MN

Lisa Bartsch         (763)391-6634 or

Childcare provided.

Maple Grove – Birth to 8 Year olds

2nd Monday, 6:30-8:00 pm, Sept.-May

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

Tiffany Yerxa       (612)867-2624 or

Childcare provided

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

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                              (612) 423-2795 or

Michele McLaughlin             (612)599-2326 or

Facebook:  Minnetonka Down Syndrome Parent Group

Childcare is provided.

Owatonna – South I-35 Parent Group

Contact Group Facilitators for specific meeting times and locations.

Amanda Gislason          (507)469-9720 or

Facebook group: Owatonna Area Down Syndrome Support Group

Rochester – Southeast Minnesota Parent Group

Quarterly School Year Meetings, Sept.-June

Contact Group Facilitators for specific meeting times and location.

Scott & Hiyas Quelle          

Kevin & Alexandra Morrissey

Facebook group: Rochester Family Down Syndrome Network

Somali Parent Group – Twin Cities


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. Mary Hauff, or (651) 603-0720

St. Cloud Parent Connect – Inclusive of all special needs

6:00-7:30 pm, Sept.-May

2015 dates to be determined

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

Cindy Owen (320)251-7272 or (877)251-7272 or

Childcare provided

Facilitated and in collaboration with Arc Midstate

St. Paul

3rd Tuesday, 6:15-7:30 pm, Sept.-May

2015: Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15

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

Ellison Yahner        (651) 492-4590 or

Childcare is provided. Please RSVP for all meetings

Southwest  Minnesota Parent Group

Meeting Year Around

Please contact the group facilitator for specific meeting times and locations.
Kim Weidert           (507)483-2814 or

Shelli DeGroot       (507)443-5027 or

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 

Mary Lynn Loegering       (651)430-1870 or

Facebook Group: Stillwater, MN Down Syndrome Family Support Group

RSVP requested. Childcare provided.