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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. Click on the calendar event for information on how to register and join. For general information about our parent groups and other events email connected@familyvoicesmn.org

Parent & Community Group Calendars

February 2023

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  • Kid-Friendly Crafting Event- Watkins MN
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  • Second Weds Virtual Parent Group
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  • The Dad Joke Experience!
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  • Third Thursday Parent Group
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  • Good Life Groups: CtLC for the IEP Process
  • Early Childhood Parent Group
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  • Brainerd Lakes Area Parent Group (Virtual)

March 2023

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  • Second Weds Virtual Parent Group
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  • Good Life Groups: CtLC for the IEP Process
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  • The Dad Joke Experience!
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  • Third Thursday Parent Group
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  • Brainerd Lakes Sensory Saturday
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  • Good Life Groups: CtLC for the IEP Process
  • Early Childhood Parent Group
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  • Brainerd Lakes Area Parent Group (Virtual)
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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 Group Facilitator, Annandale Area

Elizabeth Marsh, Parent Support Navigator, 

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.

Brainerd Lakes Area Group

Join others from the Brainerd Lakes Area in a safe and welcoming atmosphere where you will be amongst friends. We connect both virtually and in-person to share ideas, resources and a listening ear. The vision of this group is to connect with other caregivers in our area and offer a safe space of sharing the emotional journey of parenting a child who has special health care needs or a disability.

Parent Host: Amanda Travers– Parent Group Facilitator, Brainerd Lakes Area. 

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: Amanda Travers, Parent Group Facilitator

Dad Joke Experience

Recognizing that Dads have a particular POV, this will be a place we can hang out and seek and share strategies on parenting kids who have extra needs.

“Are we going to talk about other stuff? Sports? Home improvement ideas? Best places to take your kids?” Well…yeah…cause that’s what Dad’s do.

The group will be hosted by Joel Liestman, Parent Group Facilitator with Family Voices of Minnesota and the dad to a 11 year-old son with a rare genetic condition called Williams syndrome.