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.

Adult Matters List Serve

Facebook: DSAM Adult Matters

Yahoo: 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

Suzy Runkel           (952) 891-5082 or

Erin Statz                 (952) 240-8291 or

RSVP requested.  Childcare and meal provided.

Facebook: South of the River Down Syndrome Support Group

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

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            (952) 224-6681 or

RSVP requested.     In collaboration with Arc Greater Twin Cities

Chisago Lakes Down Syndrome Family Group


3rd Tuesday, 6:00 – 7:20 pm

Lakes Free Church  

29620 Olinda Trail, Lindstrom, MN 55045

Kristi Hinsch (651) 303-8211 or 

Tina Letourneau (651) 587-7991 or

2015-2016 Events and Dates Tentative Schedule

Facebook: Chisago Lakes Down Syndrome Family Group

Duluth – Down Up North Parent Group

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


Facebook: Down Up North Parent Group

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

4201 W 78th St, Bloomington

Jerry Cooper              (952)432-9769

Facebook: DSAMN Grandparents

Grandparent Group – Facebook

Grandparents with Grandkids with Down Syndrome (GWGWDS)

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                 (612)670-5320 or

Chris Call                 (651) 808-7174 or

Childcare provided

Facebook: Hastings Down Syndrome Group

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



Please contact Shelly for specific meeting times and topics

Pediatric Therapy Services

150 St. Andrews Court, Suite 310

Mankato, MN

Shelly Henk        (507) 380.0328 or

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         763.391.6634 or

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       (612)867-2624 or

Heidi & Billy Weber     (763) 242-8060 or

Childcare provided

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



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

Richfield Lutheran Church

8 W 60th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419

Lauren Anderson                 (952) 201-2764 or

Ashley Olthoff                        (218) 348-6481 or

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)                 (651) 224-5334 or

Lauren Anderson (Mpls)                  (952) 201-2764 or

Ashley Rabemahefa (New Brighton)     (651) 955-8760 or

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)         (952) 210-6412 or

Erin To Statz (Lakeville)                 (952) 240-8291 or

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

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

Please contact Sarah for specific meeting times and locations.

Sarah Zahl          (507) 469-9720 or

Facebook group: Owatonna Area Down Syndrome Support Group

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

Childcare provided

Facilitated and in collaboration with Arc Midstate

St. Paul Families

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

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

Somali Families – 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

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         (507) 269-8596 or

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           (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 

Angela Mann               (651) 470-4982 or

Shere Krusemark         (651) 730-1061 or

Mary Milligan      

Facebook Group: Stillwater, MN Down Syndrome Family Support Group

RSVP requested. Childcare provided.

White Bear Lake/Northern Ramsey County


Friday, March 11th. Pizza will be provided

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

Leslie Sieleni                 (612) 747-0840 or

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      (763) 310-4578 or

Penny Kauffman      (763) 498-7173 or

Facebook group: Wright County Minnesota Down Syndrome Support Group