Midstate Region Parent Groups

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 — Array Room; 1300 West St. Germain

Time:  Tuesdays   6:00 – 7:30 PM   

Dates and Topics:   Dates and topics for 2019 to be announced.  



Please register by the Monday before each meeting by calling 320.251.7272 or email info@arcmidstate.org .  We are unable to offer childcare for these sessions.  



Midstate Region Resources

General information for families who have children and teens with special needs, including Autism Spectrum, Down syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum.  Get connected to resources, special events/groups for siblings, public policy updates, and inquire about advocacy services.  


Contact: the Midstate Region at 320.251.7272 or email info@arcmidstate.org  



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.  For more information, contact the Midstate Region at 320.251.7272 or email info@arcmidstate.org  



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. See our Sibsday Events page for more information. 



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 KBokovoy@milestonesmn.org