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Virtual 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.

*All groups are meeting virtually at this time.

Parent & Community Group Calendar

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Second Wednesday Group

7:30 - 9:00 PM - Feb 10 | Mar 10

These networking groups are for parents of children (or youth, or young adults) with complex health care needs or disabilities.

Hosts: Jess McKane, Parent Support Navigator for Family Voices of MN and the mother of two children with complex medical needs and lives in Northern Minnesota. 

Kelly Korpela, Parent Support Navigator for Family Voices of MN and the mother of four wonderful children.

Email to register: jess@familyvoicesmn.org

Annandale Area Group

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Feb 19

A supportive group of parents and caregivers of children with extra needs connecting to share ideas, resources and a listening ear. Join others from the Annandale and surrounding small towns in a safe and welcoming atmosphere where you will be amongst friends.

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

Email to register: Kelly@familyvoicesmn.org

Third Thursday Group

7:30 - 9:00 PM - Feb 18 | Mar 18

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.

Host: Jamie O’Conner, Outreach Coordinator for Family Voices of MN and mom to two kids (10 yo & 8 yo), including one child with a rare genetic condition.

 

Click on dates to register in advance.

Feb 18 | Mar 18

Friday Community Coffee

10:30 - 11:00 PM - Feb 12 | Feb 26

Anyone else missing the quick chats where you run into a parent, friend or teacher at appointments, in the community or at school? 

We wanted to recreate these conversations virtually.

This group is open to parents, educators, providers, advocates and others involved in the care of children and youth with special health needs and disabilities. Join us for some casual conversation and to be connected.

Click on dates to register:

Feb 12 | Feb 26

Early Childhood Group

7:30 - 9:00 PM - Feb 23

This virtual support group is for parents who have a child aged birth to 3 years with special health care needs. We welcome parents raising NICU graduates, kiddos with developmental or speech delays, genetic conditions, extra medical needs and more.
Host: Jess McKane, Parent Support Navigator, is mom to two children (Isaac, 8 & Ivy, 2) with complex needs. Both children had extended hospitalizations in the NICU. 
Email to register: jess@familyvoicesmn.org