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Circle of Hope Support Groups

The Circle of Hope (COH) is a specific network of women who have used alcohol and/or drugs during pregnancy. These women are lovingly known as “Warrior Moms” because of their incredible strength.  Many of the women are in recovery and serve as mentors to one another. Together, they support one another in overcoming the stigmatism of alcoholism, addiction, and FASD, as well as offering hope and encouragement as they face the challenges of parenting children with a history of prenatal alcohol and/or drug exposure. Find a COH support group in your area.


Youth and Young Adult Support Groups

Baxter’s Circle of Support

Join us for a monthly support group for teens and young adults (age 16-25) with an FASD (diagnosed or suspected). This facilitated group is an opportunity to hang out and connect with other youth that understands the challenges of FASD. Be yourself, have fun, and share your successes and worries in a safe and supportive environment. Limit of 8 participants.
Please note: Participants may receive “support” from Baxter the dog.

2nd Saturday of the month (June 2017 meeting has been cancelled) | 10 – 11 a.m.
MOFAS Office, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN
Contact: Marissa Lang, at 651-917-2730 or marissa@mofas.org


Parent and Caregiver Support Groups

Gather with other parents and caregivers of children and adults with an FASD to share resources, insights, strategies, and support.

Metro Area

Brooklyn Center
Focused on grandparents; all parents and caregivers are welcome.
1st Saturday of the month | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Brookdale Library, Creekside Room, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Contact: Anna McLafferty at 651-917-2370 or amclafferty@mofas.org

Inver Grove Heights
4th Thursday of the month | 6 – 8 p.m.
Caribou Coffee, 9008 Cahill Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Contact: Anna McLafferty at 651-917-2370 or amclafferty@mofas.org

Lakeland
3rd Thursday of the month | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Bungalow Inn, 1151 Rivercrest Rd North, Lakeland, MN 55043
Contact: Anna McLafferty at 651-917-2370 or amclafferty@mofas.org

Minneapolis
2nd Thursday of the month | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Sovereign Grounds Coffee Shop, 813 E. 48th St., Minneapolis, MN 55417
Contact: Margaret Gustafson at 651-895-5323 or gustymeg@gmail.com

St. Paul
Focused on the transition to adulthood.
3rd Thursday of the month | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
MOFAS Office, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114
Contact: Anna McLafferty at 651-917-2370 or amclafferty@mofas.org

St. Paul
For parents and caregivers of people with an FASD dealing with substance use.
3rd Thursday of the month | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
MOFAS Office, Suite 395, 2233 University Ave W, Suite 395, St. Paul, MN 55114
Contact: Sue Terwey, scterwey@gmail.com

Greater Minnesota

Grand Rapids
1st Wednesday of the month | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Itasca Resource Center (IRC), 1209 SE 2nd Ave, Room 239, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Contact: Mikki Anderson at mikkiha2000@yahoo.com or 218-398-0987

Rochester
Focused on adoption, adoption issues, and foster care.
4th Thursday of the month | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
1025 Maywood Road SW, Rochester, MN 55902
Contact: Melissa Fredin at 507-272-0964 or mfredin@mofas.org
Please note: Canceled if the school is canceled or released early. Child care is offered free of charge if you arrange in advance. To register for child care, please contact Debra Dalin at dalin.debra@co.olmsted.mn.us or call 507-328-6432.

 


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