Parent Connect

Parent Connect is a great way for parents/caregivers of children with special needs to connect, relax and learn about resources. Sessions 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 sessions.

Location: Great River Regional Library — Array Room, 1300 West St. Germain
Time: Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
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 We are unable to offer childcare for these sessions.


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


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 p.m.
Contact: NAMI at 320.654.1259 or email Parent Voices of NAMI for more information


Sibsday Events

For children ages 7–12 years who have a sibling with a special need.

See our Sibsday Events page for more information


Circle of Parents

Circle of Parents’ mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families through mutual self-help parent support groups.

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.

Dates: Meets every Monday 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
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


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, and public policy updates, and inquire about advocacy services.

Contact the Midstate Region at 320.251.7272 or email

Contact the Midstate Region

Box 251
St. Cloud, MN  56302

Local: 320.251.7272
Toll-free: 833.450.1494
Fax: 320.253.6844