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We offer parent groups in several communities across Minnesota. Our parent groups provide information to parents and caregivers of children with Down syndrome, mostly through monthly group meetings. These groups are structures to provide speakers on topics of interest to parents as well as provide a safe and encouraging place to share joys, challenges, and the unique experiences that can go along with raising a child with Down syndrome.

Right now, our groups are meeting virtually via Zoom. Typically, our groups meet monthly and include food and childcare.

Contact us to get connected with your local group and get started


Parent Group Lists & Facilitators

Culturally Specific Parent Groups

Groupo Hispano de Apoyo del Sindrome de Down • Facilitadora, Gladis Rosales

Groupo Hispano de Apoyo del Sindrome de Down Facebook Página

Kooxda Hooyooyinka Soomaaliyeed • Fududeeye, Sahra Ali

Kooxda Waalidka ee MN Down Syndrome

Minnesota Multicultural Parents of Children with Down Syndrome

Minnesota Multicultural Parents of Children with Down Syndrome Facebook Group


Statewide Parent Groups

Duluth Area • Facilitators, Mandy Peterson & Tara Solem

Down Up North Parent Group on Facebook

Grand Rapids Area • Facilitators, Jessica Jettland & Cassie Kroska

Up with Down syndrome (Northern Minnesota) on Facebook

Mankato Area • Facilitator, Erin Statz

Down Syndrome Support Group of Mankato on Facebook

Rochester Area • Facilitator, Heidi Gage

SE Minnesota Down Syndrome Parent/Grandparent Network on Facebook

Southwest MN • Facilitators, Shelli DeGroot, Kelly Konechne & Kim Weidert

Southwest MN (Designer Genes) Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

St. Cloud Area • Facilitators - Lisa Schleicher & Jessi Watson

St. Cloud Area Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook


Twin Cities Area Parent Groups

Maple Grove/Plymouth • Facilitators, Yesmean Ragheb & Lauren Singsank

Maple Grove Area Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

Minneapolis - East • Facilitators, Deb Corhouse & Jen Peden

Minneapolis - East Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

Minneapolis - West/West Metro • Facilitators, Ashley Olthoff & Lauren Anderson

Minneapolis/West Metro Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

Mounds View • Facilitators, Kelly Hodges & Kristen Priore

Mounds View Area Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

North Metro • Facilitators, Erin Ribar, Gina Schmittdiel & Sana Soussi

North Metro Area Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

Outer Northwest Communities (Elk River, Rogers, Monticello) • Facilitators, Carrie Delaney & Meagan Loken

Outer Northwest Communities Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

South of the River (Lakeville, Apple Valley, Burnsville) • Facilitators, Erin Statz, Jodi Aschoff & Tucker Hart

South of the River Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

St. Paul • Facilitators, Fartun Aden & Danielle Matthias

St. Paul DSAM Family Group on Facebook

Stillwater • Facilitators, Angela Mann & Shere Krusemark

Stillwater Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

Woodbury Area Parent Group • Facilitators, Kate Kent, Jessica Rowe & Mariola Shrivastava

Woodbury Area Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook

Wright County Parent Group • Facilitators, Alexa Hinz & Denise Schindele

Wright County Down Syndrome Parent Group on Facebook


Online/Facebook Discussion Groups

Adult Matters (For Parents & Caregivers of Adults with Down syndrome)

Down Syndrome & Autism – Dual Diagnosis

Minnesota Moms: 5 & Under

Minnesota Moms: Ages 5–12

Minnesota Moms: Ages 12–18