Parent Groups

Stearns, Benton, Morrison, and Todd County Area

Parent Connect!

A great way for parents/caregivers of children with special needs to connect, relax and learn about resources. Sessions will include various topics of interest for all, followed by informal facilitated sharing and networking in smaller groups. Parents/Caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X, Spina Bifida or other special needs are all welcome to participate.  Attend any one or all.   Location: Great River Regional Library - 1300 West St. St. Germain Array Room Dates:  Tuesdays   6:00 - 7:30 PM    Dates September 25,  Topic:  Bring your questions about your IEP; October 9 - Planning for the Holidays  October 23 - Stearns County Staff to answer questions and offer information - more topics and more dates to be announced.   Please register by the Monday before each meeting by calling 320.251.7272 or email We are unable to offer childcare for these sessions.  

Arc Midstate - Other

For general information for families who have children and teens with special needs including Autism, Down Syndrome, Fragile X and FASD, to get connected to resources, special events/groups for siblings, public policy updates, and to inquire about advocacy services. Contact Arc Midstate at 320.251.7272 or email  

Mid-Minnesota Down Syndrome Community

A new collaboration between Arc Midstate and the Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota.  Mid-Minnesota Down Syndrome Community is a group for parents or caregivers who have children with Down Syndrome. Call for details.

Parent Voices of NAMI

Parent/Advisory Committee NAMI's mission is to offer families of children affected by a mental illness a safe haven where they can find acceptance, HOPE, and education. Dates: Meets the second & fourth Tuesday of every month Location: Calvary Community Church 1200 Roosevelt Rd St. Cloud, MN  56301 Time: 7:00  PM Contact NAMI at 320.654.1259 or email Parent Voices of NAMI for more information    

Sibsday Events

For children ages 7-12 years.   For children who have a sibling with a special need. Events held quarterly. This group is on HOLD - looking for more participants!! Contact Arc Midstate for details at 320.251.7272 or email  Subject line:  SIBLING    

Circle of Parents

The Circle of Parents is a free community-based support group for parents and their children.  No registration required.  Light dinner and children's program is provided. Circle of Parents' mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families through mutual self-help parent support groups. Dates: Meets every Monday 5:00 - 6:30 PM Location: Great River Regional Library - 1300 W Saint Germain St, St. Cloud, MN 56301 Contact Circle of Parents, Kathryn Bokovoy, for more information at 320.251.5081 or    
To report an update/change/addition/deletion – please contact Arc Midstate at 320.251.7272 or by e-mail
This listing is intended for informational purposes only.
Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Arc Midstate
Updated 8/2018