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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

*All groups are meeting virtually at this time.

Parent & Community Group Calendar

October 2021

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  • Third Thursday Parent Group
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Second Wednesday Group

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

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

Kaylie Schmidt, Parent Support Navigator for Family Voices of MN. Kaylie is mom to 3 children ages 12, 7 and almost 2 years old with multiple diagnoses.

Annandale Area Group

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

Third Thursday Group

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.

Friday Community Coffee

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.

Early Childhood Group

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: Kaylie Schmidt is mom to 3 children ages 12, 7 and almost 2 years old with multiple diagnoses. She has experience in the NICU as a registered nurse. Kaylie understands the need for community as we walk this journey of raising children with complex needs.