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

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      

RSVP requested.  Childcare and meal provided.

Facebook: South of the River Down Syndrome Support Group


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

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  

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 

Tina Letourneau

Contact group facilitator for meeting dates and time

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

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

Facebook: DSAMN Grandparents

Grandparent Group – Facebook

Grandparents with Grandkids with Down Syndrome (GWGWDS)


Hastings Down Syndrome Connections

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

Kennedy Elementary

1175 Tyler St


Kaiya Witt       

Chris Call    

Childcare provided

Facebook: Hastings Down Syndrome Group

In collaboration with the Hastings School District




Please contact Courtney for specific meeting times and topics

Pediatric Therapy Services

150 St. Andrews Court, Suite 310

Mankato, MN

Courtney Kruse

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

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

Heidi & Billy Weber

Childcare provided

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

Mid-Minnesota Down Syndrome Community


Meetings held in collaboration with the Arc Midstate

Jessica Watson

Kelly Dirkes

Lisa Harter

Meetings held at Hope Covenant Church, St. Cloud

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

Childcare provided

Facebook Group:



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

Richfield Lutheran Church

8 W 60th St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55419

Lauren Anderson        

Ashley Olthoff                        (

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)     

Lauren Anderson (Mpls)     

Ashley Rabemahefa (New Brighton)

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)

Erin To Statz (Lakeville)     

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)  

Tracy Hafeman (Lino Lakes)     

Heather Kamia (St. Paul)                 r

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)           r

Suzy Runkel (Apple Valley)   

Erin Statz (Lakeville)         

Andrea Winkler(Lakeville)     

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)        

Christine Kolb (Apple Valley)         (

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

Minnetonka Parent Group


Contact Tracy Hafeman at for specific meeting times/location

Facebook:  Minnetonka Down Syndrome Parent Group


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

Childcare is provided. Please RSVP for all meetings

South Central MN Family Group


Meetings held quarterly- Sundays at 1:00pm

See flyer for 2016-2017 meeting dates and locations!

Nicole Caporale email:

Amanda Gislason (email:

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

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

Shelli DeGroot

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     

Shere Krusemark

Mary Milligan      

Facebook Group: Stillwater, MN Down Syndrome Family Support Group


RSVP requested. Childcare provided.

White Bear Lake/Northern Ramsey County


Meets the second Friday of each month, September – May

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

Leslie Sieleni      

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

Penny Kauffman

Facebook group: Wright County Minnesota Down Syndrome Support Group