Parent Groups

Stearns, Benton, Morrison, and Todd County Area

Click for Family and Caregiver Support Opportunities 2017    

Parent Connect!

Click for Printable Version (Updated September 2017) 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. On site skilled child care available for children up to age 10 year old with advanced registration. Location: Hope Covenant Church - 336 4th Ave So, St. Cloud, MN (enter the east door) Dates:  Thursdays - February 22nd, March 8th, March 22nd, April 5th and April 19th Please register by the Monday before each meeting by calling 320.251.7272 or email    

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. Additional sessions - Thursday Nights 6:00 - 7:30 PM. September 28th, October 12th, October 26th, November 9th, and November 30th. Location: Hope Covenant Church - 336 4th Ave So. - St. Cloud, MN (enter the east door)

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 Tuesday of every month (except July) Location: Clara’s House -1564 Co Rd 134, St. Cloud, MN 56303 Time: 6:00 - 7:30 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 6:00 - 7:30 PM Location: Great River Regional Library - 1300 W Saint Germain St, St. Cloud, MN 56301 Contact Circle of Parents, Mary Weaver, for more information at 218.731.0705 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 8/24/2016