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
2014-15 dates:  Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15, Apr. 19, May 17, Jun. 21, Aug. 16

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

Suzy Runkel           (952)891-5082 or suzynelson@hotmail.com

Ruth Ann Lang        ruthannlang@gmail.com

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 sreiners77@gmail.com

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 sheri.jorgensen@co.wright.mn.us

Penny Kauffman      (763)498-7173 or pckauffman@comcast.net

Chaska Parent Group

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

2014 -15 dates: Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, Mar. 12,

Apr. 9, May 14

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

Kara Parker           (952)237-4654 or kara.parker321@gmail.com

Connie Snow          (612)207-4806 or family@gotsnow.org

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        heatherkrohn@downupnorth.com

Website:  DownUpNorth.com

Elk River Parent Group

2nd Tuesdays

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

Heather Coudron          (763)228-0721 or 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

Grandparent Group – Twin Cities

3rd Thursday, 9:00 – 11:00 am

2014-15 Dates: Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 21, Jun. 18, Jul. 16, Aug. 20

Perkins
4201 W 78th St, Bloomington

Jerry Cooper              (952)432-9769

Hastings Down Syndrome Connections

4th Monday, 6-8 pm, Sept.-May
2014-15 dates: Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 27, May 18

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

Jennifer Strode        (763)291-5308 or saltandlighmn@hotmail.com

Kaiya Witt                 (612)670-5320 or kaiya.witt@comcast.net

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

2014-15 dates:  Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19

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

Lisa Bartsch         (763)391-6634 or ljbartsch@aol.com

Childcare provided.

Maple Grove – Birth to 8 Year olds

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

2014-15 dates:  Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19

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

Tiffany Yerxa       (612)867-2624 or tiffany.yerxa@gmail.com

Jill Kinney            (612)978-7401 or jillkinney15@gmail.com

Childcare provided

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

Minnetonka Parent Group

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

2014-15 dates:  Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9,

Apr. 13, May 11

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

Ann Bremer                            (952)939-0350 or bremerann@hotmail.com

Michele McLaughlin             (612)599-2326 or mem910@me.com

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 amandagislason@gmail.com

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                    hiyasjewel74@yahoo.com

Kevin & Alexandra Morrissey       childrenragift@yahoo.com

Facebook group: Rochester Family Down Syndrome Network

St. Cloud Parent Connect – Inclusive of all special needs

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

2014 dates:  Sept. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 22

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 cowen@arcmidstate.org

Childcare provided

Facilitated and in collaboration with Arc Midstate

St. Paul

3rd Tuesday, 6:00-7:30 pm, Sept.-May

2014-15 dates:  Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19

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

Lindsay Radford    (651)247-0373 or lradford@kstp.com

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 kimw@iw.net

Shelli DeGroot       (507)443-5027 or lsdegroot@frontiernet.net

Facebook Community:   Designer Genes Down Syndrome Network

Stillwater Area Parent Networking Group

2nd Monday, 6:15-8 pm. Sept-May
2014-15 dates:  Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 13, May 11

December and Summer Picnic Dates to be determined

Stillwater ECFE
1111 Holcombe St.
Stillwater, MN 

Mary Lynn Loegering       (651)430-1870 or mary.loegering@gmail.com

Facebook Group: Stillwater, MN Down Syndrome Family Support Group

RSVP requested. Childcare provided.