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Parent Groups

One in Five Minnesota families with children has a child with a disability or chronic health condition. We do not have to feel alone. Join one of our virtual or in-person parent groups below. Learn more about upcoming groups by contacting Jamie O’Conner by email at jamie@familyvoicesmn.org or talk / text‪ (612) 293-7306‬.

Upcoming Parent Groups

Evening Groups

7:30 – 9:00 PM

March 25th | April 15th | May 13th | June 17th

Parent Support Navigators, Jess Randall and Kelly Korpela are offering virtual parent groups this spring. This group meets on Wednesday evenings. These networking groups are for parents of children (or youth, or young adults) with complex health care needs or disabilities. Jess is the mother of two children with complex medical needs and lives in Northern Minnesota. She has experience with navigating healthcare systems, use of communication devices, mobility needs, and IEP’s. Kelly is the mother of four wonderful children and has experience with a range of diagnoses including autism, sensory processing challenges, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and anxiety. Click the link below to register for one or more groups.

Morning Group

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Tuesday, March 31

This virtual parent networking group is being offered by Parent Support Navigator, Terri Boettcher. Terri is a mom to two kids with complex needs and is in Southern Minnesota. This closed group meeting is a safe space for parents to support one another, share concerns and resources. If you have questions about this group please email Terri at terri@familyvoicesmn.org

Third Thursday Support Group

6:30 – 8:00 PM

March 19th | April 16th | May 21st

This is a metro area in-person group that is temporarily meeting virtually in order to practice social distancing and keep our vulnerable populations as safe as possible. Virtual meetings are open to any parent of a child with special health needs / disabilities anywhere in MN. Register for login information.

These ongoing support groups are being hosted by Jamie O’Conner, Outreach Coordinator for Family Voices of MN. Jamie is mom to two kids (8 yo & 7 yo), including one child with a rare genetic condition.

The vision of this group is to offer a safe and sacred space of sharing the emotional journey of parenting a child who has special health care needs or a disability.

Journaling for Self-Care Virtual Group

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Thursday, April 16th

This facilitated private group session is for parents of children with special health care needs. Bring pen and paper and learn how writing can help you grow and cope. In this safe space, sharing will be encouraged but not required.

This session will be led by Brenda Hudson, a certified journal facilitator and writing teacher. Brenda has been teaching expressive writing for six years and uses journaling as a way of holding sacred space for her own experience as a special needs mom.

Want to learn more before you sign up? View the Introduction to Journaling for Self-Care Webinar on-demand.

Metro Third Thursday Support Group

6:30 – 8:00 PM

March 19th | April 16th | May 21st

This group is temporarily meeting virtually in order to practice social distancing and keep our vulnerable populations as safe as possible. Register for login information.

These ongoing support groups are being hosted by Jamie O’Conner, Outreach Coordinator for Family Voices of MN. Jamie is mom to two kids (8 yo & 7 yo), including one child with a rare genetic condition.

The vision of this group is to offer a safe and sacred space of sharing the emotional journey of parenting a child who has special health care needs or a disability.

Cancelled Until Further Notice Due to COVID-19 Outbreak: Annandale Special Needs Parenting Connections

12:30 – 2:00 PM

First Wednesday of Each Month

April 1st | May 6th

Annandale City Hall (Council Chambers)

30 Cedar Street East, Annandale, MN 55302

One in Five Minnesota families with children has a child with a disability or chronic health condition. We do not have to feel alone. Connect with other parents and caregivers in the community for some conversation.

Parent hosts: Kelly Korpela – Parent Support Navigator, Family Voices of MN & Anna Lawler – Special Education Teacher & Volunteer Support Parent, Family Voices of MN.

(If Annandale Schools are closed due to weather the meeting will be canceled)

NO REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED