Adoptive Family Support Groups

4Keeps

4Keeps is a family run, adoption support group based in Anoka County, Minnesota. It is a nonprofit organization that provides support, education, encouragement and friendship for families with adopted children, those in the process of adopting and those considering adoption. For more information, please contact Mary Walker (parent contact) or Nancy Le (agency contact) at 763-422-7104.  Check www.4keeps.org for upcoming events.

 Adoption Support Network

Adoption Support Network, provides support for adoptive parents, adoptees, parent support groups and kinship caregivers. For more information about the services and support groups available, please contact Ginny Blade, NACAC at 651-646-5082. ****Important announcement regarding Adoption Support Network’s Parent Support Specialists*****

Twin Cities Metro

Cambridge Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: First Monday of each month at 6:30 pm Where: Perkins,  140 N Garfield St, Cambridge, MN  For more information, please contact Shari Berg Wisen at 612-669-2955

Cambridge Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: Third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm Where: Applebee’s, 125 Balsam St N, Cambridge, MN  For more information, please contact Shari Berg Wisen at 612-669-2955

Coon Rapids Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: First Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm  Where: Boston’s Pizza, 12794 Riverdale Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN 55448 For more information, please contact Shari Berg Wisen at 612-669-2955

Hennepin County Foster Care Adoption Option Support Group* – Supported by ASN/NACAC (*open to families doing foster care for Hennepin County with the intent to adopt) When: Second Monday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: Lenox Community Center, 6615 Minnetonka Blvd, St Louis Park 55426 For more information, please contact Alicia Griffin at 651-646-5082  or ginnyblade@nacac.org

Morning Coffee Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm  Where: Dunn Bros, 6559 York, Edina 55435 For more information, please contact Ginny Blade, ginnyblade@nacac.org or Nitara Frost at 612-570-1394 or nitarafrost@nacac.org

Parenting Adopted Teens Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church, 4101 37th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55406 For more information, please contact Ginny Blade, ginnyblade@nacac.org TEENS ARE WELCOME ALSO!

Rainbow Pride Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Where: McRae Rec Center, 907 47th Street East, Minneapolis, MN 55407 For more information, please contact Nitara Frost , 612-570-1394 or nitarafrost@nacac.org

bluenewTwin Cities Monthly Family Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC
Sunday 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11 (we meet the 2nd Sunday of each month)
3:00 – 5:00 pm   Minnehaha Communion Lutheran Church,  4101 37th Avenue South,  Minneapolis
Programming for children ages 5 & older. Child care registration required only for children younger than 5 by emailing debreisner@nacac.org.
Adults will participate in a facilitated workshop about race, culture & adoption as well as small group discussions.  

West Metro Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Second Thursday of each month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm Where: Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Room 229, Minnetonka For more information, please contact Ginny Blade at 651-646-5082 or ginnyblade@nacac.org

Northern Minnesota

Bemidji Area Adoptive Parent Support Group When:  Third Friday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Covenant Church Family Life Center, 5405 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601. Child Care is provided.  For more information, please contact Tammy Waldhausen at 218-751-0282  Tammy.waldhausen@northhomes.org  or Janna Williams at 218-760-2789 jannaw@paulbunyan.net

Northeast Minnesota

ARC Hermantown Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: Fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm  Where: Hermantown Resource Center, 5028 Miller Trunk Hwy, Hermantown, MN 55811 For more information, please contact Marilyn Gow at 218-348-0468 or marilyngow@nacac.org

bluenewDuluth Monthly Family Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC
Sunday 9/25, 10/23, 11/20
4:30 – 7:00 pm  Duluth YMCA,  302 West 1st StreetDuluth
Youth ages 5 and up will be divided into groups by age to play in the gym and participate in planned activities  Nam Provost will lead the parent discussion in September and October.  Nam is the Program Coordinator of the Department of Institutional Diversity at the College of St. Scholastica.   Potluck dinner for all!  Please bring something to share as well as drinks for your family.  Plates, napkins and silverware will be provided.  Please register by emailing Bettina Keppers at bettinakeppers@hotmail.com 

Parenting African American Children – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: First Monday of the Month from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm Where: UMD Black Student Association For more information, please contact Marilyn Gow at 218-348-0468 or marilyngow@nacac.org

Northwest Minnesota

Northwest Minnesota Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC
When: Third Monday of each month at 7-8:30 pm
Where:
Nazareth Lutheran Church, 202 Marshall Ave (one block east of Hwy 32), Holt, MN 
For more information, please contact Connie Hess at 218-686-9152

East Central Minnesota

Brainerd Lakes Area Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Third Wednesday of each month at 12:30 pm Where: Caribou Coffee, 15175 Edgewood Dr, Baxter, MN For more information, please contact Kim Northenscold at 218-831-4108

Brainerd Lakes Area Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: Second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm  Where: El Tequila, 15840 Audubon Way # 2, Brainerd, MN For more information, please contact Kim Northenscold at 218-831-4108

West Central Minnesota

TBD

Southern Minnesota

Austin Area Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC Child care is available for member of this group. When: Second Monday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 306 2nd Street NW, Austin, MN 55912 For more information, please contact Kari Fletcher at 507-380-4916 or karifletcher@nacac.org

Brown County Adoption Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: Christ the King Church, 1515 N Garden, New Ulm For more information, please contact Denise Kamm 507-359-6576 denise.kamm@co.brown.mn.us or Kari Fletcher at 507-380-4916  karifletcher@nacac.org

Cannon Valley Adoption Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC Child care is available for member of this group. When: Second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm   Where: Nook & Cranny, 725 2nd Ave NW, Faribault, MN 55021 For more information, please contact Kari Fletcher at 507-380-4916 or karifletcher@nacac.org

Mankato Area Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC When: Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: New Creation World Outreach Church, 1124 North River Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 For more information, please contact Kari Fletcher at 507-380-4916 or karifletcher@nacac.org

North Mankato Area Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: First Monday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: Nicollet County Social Services, 2070 Howard Drive, North Mankato, MN 56003 For more information, please contact Kari Fletcher at 507-380-4916 or karifletcher@nacac.org

Red Wing Area Adoptive Parent Support Group – Supported by ASN/NACAC  When: Third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Where: Fernbrook Family Center, 419 Bush St, Red Wing.  For more information, please contact Heidi Linder 651-380-7664,  hlinder@fernbrook.org
or Sarah Thukral  651-212-7429,  sthukral@fernbrook.org

The ARC – Networking & Family Access Groups

The ARC – Networking & Family Access Groups, provides for parents and others who care of a person with disabilities. No cost to attend but membership is encouraged and registration is required. Groups include, Autism Groups (Coon Rapids, Bloomington, Hastings, Woodbury), Down Syndrome Groups (Hastings, Apple Valley), Family Access Groups for Latino Families (Minneapolis, St. Paul), Family Access Groups for Hmong Families, Father’s Group (Minneapolis), General Disability Support Group (Coon Rapids, Rosemount, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Minneapolis, Waconia). For a list of Minnesota Parent Support Groups, visithttp://arcgreatertwincities.com/networking-groups.aspx or call 952-920-0855.

orangenewBemidji Area Adoption Support Group

When: Third Friday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Covenant Church Family Life Center, 5405 Highway 2 West, Bemidji, MN 56601. Child Care is provided. For more information please contact: Tammy Waldhausen at 218-751-0282/Tammy.waldhausen@northhomes.org  or  Janna Williams at 218-760-2789 /jannaw@paulbunyan.net

(updated info 12/16)

Children’s Home Society of Minnesota & Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Support Groups

Open to all adoptive families regardless of placing agency.  Email Nichole Lange for more information at Nichole.lange@chlss.org

Lutheran Social Service and Children’s Home Society offer Spring and Fall Adoptee Support Groups. In our adoptee support groups, we engage in age-appropriate discussions about diversity and culture, school issues, adoption and birth families. Each group is open to adopted children and their families, regardless of placing agency. The groups are broken into two session times by age, and then within each session children are divided into smaller groups based on their age. While the children meet, a corresponding parent session takes place for parents to listen and learn from each other.
For detailed information on ages, fees and dates please go to https://chlss.org/event/adoptee-support-groups/ or call 651-255-2245

Dakota County Parent Support Group & Children of Adoptive Families

Dakota County Parent Support Group & Children of Adoptive Families (Toddlers are also welcome) When: Meets Second or third Monday of each Month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Where: Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124. To RSVP, please contact Ann Dempsey at 952-891-7415 or ann.dempsey@co.dakota.mn.us (waiting for verification 10/21/16)

orangenewEmbrace Twin Cities – White Bear Lake area

-adoptive, foster & host moms support group
-meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at Kowalski’s coffee shop in WBL from 8-10pm for community building/support
-connect via a private Facebook page for support, meeting, playdates, etc
-meet up for 2 family picnics/year + other events, as they are organized
-group was started in March 2012 & has about 20 families involved

Embrace Twin Cities – St. Croix Valley area

-adoptive, foster & host adult co-ed support group – Woodbury/Afton/Stillwater/Hudson area
-meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at Shephard of the Valley Lutheran Church (frontage road to 94 between Woodbury & Hudson) from 7-8:30pm for community building, learning from TBRI/Karyn Purvis videos & learning discussion
-connect via a private Facebook page for support, meeting, playdates, etc
-meet up for other events, as they are organized
-group was started in May 2016 & has 15 families involved
(info update Oct 2016)
-plan to add a men’s group on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday’s during fall 2016

If interested, contact Jennifer Hanson to get connected.  651-353-6990 call/text.  Jenniferahanson@comcast.net

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services’ Proactive Parenting Support Group

The Proactive Parenting Support Group (formerly, Therapeutic Support Group) is a place for current or prospective adoptive parents and those who provide foster care to encourage one another through community, education, and common understanding. The group is moderated by two psychologists and topics vary by week. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Childcare and/or youth activities may be available, however we must be notified if childcare is necessary. For more information, see our Proactive Parenting Support Group flyer
Who Should Attend: This group is open to the public.  Cost: Free for current or former EVOLVE, Crossroads, or HOPE clients; $10 for non-clients  Disclosure: By participating in the Proactive Parenting Support Group, you are agreeing to the following: “The information I share in this group will remain confidential, with some limited exceptions. If EVOLVE staff or the facilitators of the group reasonably suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is a victim of abuse or neglect, or a pregnant woman is using alcohol or controlled substances, we are required by law to disclose private information which identifies you to a public authority.”
October 18, 2016 ~ 7 – 9 pm, Twin Cities Office  (Register by October 15)
November 15, 2016 ~ 7 – 9 pm, East Office  (Register by November 12)
More information and to register: http://evolveservices.org/family-support-services/
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update Oct 2016)

Families with Children from China

Families with Children from China, is a nonprofit, parent volunteer organization that builds strong, adoptive intercultural families by providing support, education and cultural awareness to those families who have adopted children from China. For more information in your area, please contact: Rochester, Minnesota – Kathy Olson at 507-289-2060 Thief River Falls, Minnesota – Kristel Kizer at 218-681-6332 or kristel.kizer@northlandcollege.edu

Kindred Family Focus

Family Focus, provides families and communities with an array of quality services that promote the development of healthy family relationships and supportive living environments. For information about ongoing support groups, please call 612-331-4429 or visit www.MNfamilyfocus.org

orangenewMain Street Family Services Adoptive, Foster & Kinship Family Group

When: Fourth Thursday of each month from 10:00 am – 11:30 am Where: Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School Street, Elk River   Child Care is provided. For more information, please contact Julie Schultz, 763-233-2195,  julie.schultz@mainstreetfamilyservices.org

Mental Health Association of Minnesota (MHAM)

Offers a variety of Mental Health support groups in the Twin Cities, Duluth, and the Greater Minnesota area. For a list of current support groups, please visit http://www.mentalhealthmn.org/mental-health-advocacy/individual-advocacy/access-to-health-care-and-community-services/support-groups

Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), and Other Support Groups

Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), and Other Support Groups, provide emotional support, allow people to share information and discuss common issues, but more importantly, support groups provide the feeling that you are not alone on this path. For information about ongoing support groups, please visit http://www.mofas.org/families/familysupport/support-groups/

National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI)

National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI), offers family-to-family support groups provide ongoing support for families and friends of persons with mental illness. For more information , please visit http://www.namihelps.org/support/family-support-groups.html or call 65 1-645-2948.

Olmsted County Adoptive Parent Support Group

Open to the public When: Fourth Thursday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Where: 1025 Mayowood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902 *Child care is provided on-site by a trained social worker. For more information, please contact 507-328-6400 ask for Debra Dalin http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/cfs/ChildFosterCare/Pages/AdoptionSupportGroup.aspx
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info verified Oct 2016)

orangenew

Patiently Waiting Adoption Family Support Group

Patiently Waiting was established to provide encouragement, education, and resources for those walking the journey of adoption or foster care. Our support group currently meets in the Blaine Area on the first Tuesday of each month. We also offer quarterly and monthly events or speakers. For more information contact Kari Nokken at kari@patientlywaiting.org

Proactive Parenting Support Group

This group provides a place for learning, encouragement and community for current or prospective  adoptive and foster parent.  It is moderated by a psychologist and topics vary by the month.  These groups typically meet the third Tuesday of the month at one of the Evolve offices in Edina, St. Paul, or Stillwater.  It is open to the public with no costs to agency clients and a $10 fee for non-agency clients.  More details and schedule can be found by visiting:  http://evolveservices.org/training-and-support/

Sherburne/Wright County Adoptive Parent Support Group

Supported by Sherburne & Wright County, leadership provided by Main Street Family Services When: Second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Where: Monticello Community Center, 505 Walnut Street, Monticello, MN 55362 *Kids group ages 10+ meet at the same time and place.  Childcare provided.  For more information, please contact Julie Schultz, 763-233-2195,  julie.schultz@mainstreetfamilyservices.org  (verified Oct 2016)

Southwest Metro ADHD Connection Satellite of CHADD

Southwest Metro AD/HD Connection Families with attention issues face challenges that friends might not understand. This group provides a rare opportunity to meet others like you and to learn, discuss and share strategies. It’s FREE, fun, informative and helpful for parents and adults. When: Second Monday of the month September through May Where: Eden Prairie Center community room at 8251 Flying Cloud Drive (take elevator to the lower level) Contact: Terri O. Johnson, MA, at terriojohnson@learningrx.net for more information or to be added to the group distribution list.  http://www.facebook.com/SWmetroADHDconnection (info updated Oct 2016)

St. Cloud Relatives as Parents Discussion Group

St. Cloud Relatives as Parents Discussion Group, gives you the opportunity to discuss topics of important with other relatives as parents. Support groups in St. Cloud, Dassell/Cokato, and Marshall areas. For more information, go to http://www.childcarechoices.net/RAP.aspx

Grandparents / Kinship Support Groups - Minnesota Support Groups

Grandparent to Grandparent

Grandparent to Grandparent, is sponsored by PACER Center, Inc. Grandparents meet as a group to share concerns and to learn about their grandchild’s special needs. The support groups offer grandparents opportunities to discuss the impact of the child’s disability on the entire family, and to obtain up-to-date information about the child’s special problems and needs. Most importantly, grandparents have a chance to meet other grandparents who share their concerns. For more information, please visit http://www.pacer.org/grandparent/ or call 952-838-9000.

Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), and Other Support Groups

Minnesota Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS), and Other Support Groups, provide emotional support, allow people to share information and discuss common issues, but more importantly, support groups provide the feeling that you are not alone on this path. For information about ongoing support groups, please visit http://www.mofas.org/families/familysupport/support-groups/

Kinship Caregiver Support and Education Groups (LSS)

To see upcoming Workshops and Classes being offered please go here.

Grandparents Shaping Our Community
Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Robbinsdale: Kinship Caregiver Support Group*
Peace Lutheran Church
4512 France Ave N
Robbinsdale
1st Saturday of each month 10:00 – 11:30 am

*You must RSVP in advance for child care and refreshments.

Please contact Janet Salo at Kinship Family Support Services at Lutheran Social Service of MN at 651-917-4640 or janet.salo@lssmn.org

For further information or to RSVP for group/childcare contact 651-917-4640 or warmline@lssmn.org

updated info: Jan 2017

Parenting Again – Grandparents Support Group

Parenting Again – Grandparents Support Group, For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Join us to meet other grandparents with similar joys and challenges. Free childcare and meal provided When: Meet once a month, please call for exact dates Where: Fairview School, Mora, MN Call 320-679-6257 for more information. List of other support groups in Minnesota *(still active October 2016)

Grandparents / Kinship Support Groups - National Resources

American Association of Retired Person (AARP)

American Association of Retired Person (AARP), helps grandparents raising their grandchildren by offering a newsletter, factsheets, a grandparents support database, state by state information on visitation and a discussion group. For more information,  visit AARPor call 800-424-3410.

Generations United

Generations United, focuses on intergenerational issues including grandparents caregivers and foster grandparents. For more information, please visit http://www.gu.org/ or call 202-289-3979.

Grandparenting Today

Grandparenting Today, provides legal resources, answers to questions grandparents raising grandkids have asked. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Extension Services. For more information, please visit http://fyi.uwex.edu/grandparenting/

iGrandparents

iGrandparents, is a blog dedicated for grandparents. Some of the topics include grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, visitation rights, suggestions for holiday activities and more. To follow, please visit http://www.igrandparents.com/

Special Needs Support Groups

orangenewFASD Northern Minnesota Peer Support Group

Gather with other parents and caregivers of children affected by an For parents and other caregivers of children with known or suspected FASD.
Come for support and discussion about the joys, stresses, questions and challenges we face raising children (infant through adult) with known or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). All parents, foster parents, legal guardians and other kinship caregivers are welcome. Follow up meetings to be scheduled based on participant preference. When: First meeting October 26, 2016 6:00 pm -7:30 pm
Where:  Itasca Resource Center (IRC), 1209 SE 2nd Ave, Room 239, Grand Rapids, MN 55744. For questions, more information or to indicate interest, contact Mikki Anderson at mikkiha2000@yahoo.com or 218.398.0987.

LDA Minnesota

LDA Minnesota offers ADHD Support Groups for parents of children with the ADHD diagnosis. To participate, schedule a 30-minute intro with the support group facilitator prior to attending one of the groups. This interview is free of charge, confidential, and will help to inform potential group members about what to expect and ensure that it is a good match for both the new participant and the current group members. Please call 952-582-6000 or email info@ldaminnesota.org

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) and Other Support Groups, provide emotional support, allow people to share information and discuss common issues, but more importantly, support groups provide the feeling that you are not alone on this path.
Guidelines of care for persons with FASD.
See MOFAS support groups for a full updated list.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota Provides support groups to help parents discover resources to meet the challenges of raising a child with a mental illness, learn coping skills and develop problem solving skills. Each of the support groups are facilitated by a parent who has a child with a mental illness and who has received specialized training. For more information including meeting times and dates contact Jennie Bennett, Parent Resources Director: 651-645-2948 x300 or jbennett@namimn.org or click on the link above.

Additional Support Resources

Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)

Families for Russian & Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA), is a national nonprofit organization with chapters across the U.S. and members around the world. FRUA’s mission is to improve the lives of children by supporting families completed through adoption in Eastern European countries and, through our orphanage support efforts, to never forget the children left behind, who will grow up in those orphanages. (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Belarus, Romania). For more information about the Minnesota Chapter, please contact Jennifer Mayotte at 763-585-0884 or info@fruamn.org or visit www.frua.org

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