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Adoptive Family Support Groups

4Keeps

4Keeps is a family run organization, based in Anoka County, that provides support for the special needs of adoption and foster families and those who serve them. To learn more about their upcoming events, visit their website at www.4keeps.org. 

Adoption Support Group 

The Adoption Support Group is a metro area support group for LGBTQ prospective parents who are currently in the process of pursuing adoption, including “waiting” families. The group offers monthly meet-ups facilitated by an experienced adoptive parent. Please contact info@rainbowfamiliesdc.org to learn more about the group. 

Adoption Support Network

Adoption Support Network, provides support for adoptive parents, adoptees, parent support groups and kinship caregivers in the Metro and outstate areas of MinnesotaCheck https://www.nacac.org/connect/support-for-minnesota-adoptive-families/

The ARC – Networking & Family Access Groups

The ARC – Networking & Family Access Groups, provides support for parents and others who care of a person with disabilities,  in the Greater Twin Cities area. No cost to attend but membership is encouraged and registration is required. Groups topics include, Autism, Down Syndrome, Father’s Groupand General Disability Support GroupGroups are offered in a variety of different languages. For a complete list of ARC’s Minnesota Parent Support Groups meeting in the Greater Twin Cities, visit https://arcgreatertwincities.org/community-engagement/support-education-groups/ or call 952-920-0855. 

Bellis

Bellis, formerly Adoption Option Council of Minnesota, has been a trusted adoption resource for schools, individuals and communities since 1983. Located in the northwest metro, Bellis offers structured supportive gatherings called “Adoption Connection” meetings for birth parents, adoptive parents, adopted persons and birth & adoptive grandparents. When possible, adoption social workers assist with facilitation. The group also host speaker workshops and retreats. Visit  http://www.mybellis.org/adoption_support/ for more information.   

Bemidji Area Adoption Support Group

This Bemidji Area group meets monthly. Please contact 218-760-2789 or jannaw@paulbunyan.net for more information.  

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

Lutheran Social Service and Children’s Home Society offer Spring and Fall Adoptee Support Groups open to all adoptive families regardless of placing agency. These groups offer support to both adoptees and their families. Adoptees engage in age-appropriate discussions about diversity and culture, school issues, adoption and birth families. 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. For more information or to RSVP, please call 952-891-7415 or ann.dempsey@co.dakota.mn.us  

Embrace Family

With groups meeting in the Northeast Metro and St Croix Valley, Embrace family offers support to adoptive, foster & host families. Their mission is to encourage the “embracing” of children in need of families.  We will share resources, information and provide biblical support for those involved in or thinking about the journey of adoption, foster care or international orphan hosting. For more information, www.embracefamily.org or 651-353-6990 

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services’ Proactive Parenting Support Group

Throughout the year, EVOLVE offers many opportunities for families who wish to participate in events or ongoing support tailored specifically for adoptive families, foster care providers, adoptive persons, birth parents, youth in foster care, or anyone interested in strengthening their family through additional support. These Greater Metro Area groups are open to the public, regardless of placing agency. There is no cost to former EVOLVE clients; there may be a nominal fee for non-clients. For more information or to register: http://evolveservices.org/family-support-services/ 

Kindred Family Focus

Kindred Family Focus offers a variety of adoption related services, including occasional support groups. Visit  www.MNfamilyfocus.org for details.   

Main Street Family Services Adoptive, Foster & Kinship Family Group

Based in Elk River, Main Street Family Services is dedicated to helping families become the best they can be! They offer a variety of services including trainings, attachment based, trauma informed parent education, and parent support groups, amongst others. For more information, 763-233-2195, administrator@mainstreetfamilyservices.org  or https://www.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-group

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

With groups in both the Metro and Greater Metro Area, MOFAS support groups provide emotional support, allow people to share information and discuss common issues, but more importantly, 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 in the Metro and Greater Metro Areas. For more information , please visit https://namimn.org/support/nami-minnesota-support-groups/ or call 65 1-645-2948. 

Olmsted County Adoptive Parent Support Group

Olmsted County sponsors a parent led adoption support group.  The group is open to the public and is tailored to meet the support and educational needs of foster parents, those families considering adoption, or those families who have adopted privately, publicly, domestically or internationally. The mission is to offer families a forum to receive post adoption support that will enable them to network with other adoptive families learn about new resources and training, share any questions or concerns with group members, form new partnerships with other adoptive families, and enhance their ability to manage the complexity and lifelong process of adoption. For more information, please contact 507-328-6400  http://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/cfs/ChildFosterCare/Pages/AdoptionSupportGroup.aspx 

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. This group meets in the Metro Area. For more information, please contact http://patientlywaiting.org/infertility-adoption-support  

Southwest Metro ADHD Connection Satellite of CHADD

Southwest Metro AD/HD Connection offers groups for families with attention issues facing 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.  

http://www.facebook.com/SWmetroADHDconnection 

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.milestonesmn.org/relatives-as-parents 

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 

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/

Special Needs Support Groups

FASD 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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