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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

January 15th | February 19th | March 18th

Parent Support Navigators, Jess Randall and Kelly Korpela are offering virtual parent groups this winter. 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.

Wednesday Evening Journaling for Self-Care Virtual Groups

Check back soon for new dates!

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

January 16th | February 20th

Richfield United Methodist Church (Fireside Room)

5835 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 

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.

Annandale Special Needs Parenting Connections

12:30 – 2:00 PM

First Wednesday of Each Month

February 5th | March 4th | 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