Support Groups

For all the current event dates, times, and locations visit our calendar for more details.


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.


Metro Area Youth/Young Adult Support Group

Baxter’s Circle of Support

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

2nd Saturday of the month
MOFAS office
2233 University Ave W, Suite 395
St. Paul, MN
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Contact: Marissa Lang, marissa@mofas.org or 651-917-2730

Metro Area Family and Caregiver Support Groups

Gather with other parents and caregivers of children affected by an FASD to informally share resources, insights and support.

Metro Area Support Groups

Changes and Challenges Support Group- St. Paul
Caring for our children as they transition to adulthood.
3rd Thursday of the month

MOFAS office
2233 University Ave W, Suite 395
St. Paul, MN
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Contact: Anna McLafferty at 651-917-2370 or amclafferty@mofas.org
Grandmother’s Circle Support Group- Brooklyn Center
Grandfathers, foster parents, parents, and other relative caregivers are welcome.
1st Saturday of the month
*Ends August 6, 2016
Brookdale Library, Creekside Room
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Contact: Anna McLafferty at 651-917-2370 or amclafferty@mofas.org

East Metro Area Support Groups

East Metro Support Group- Lakeland
3rd Thursday of the month

Bungalow Inn
1151 Rivercrest Rd North
Lakeland, MN 55043
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
Contact: Geralyn Laurie at 701-226-6684
or glaurie@mofas.org
Homeschool Caregivers Coffee Group- Inver Grove Heights
4th Thursday of the month
Caribou Coffee
9008 Cahill Avenue
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Contact: Geralyn Laurie at 701-226-6684
or glaurie@mofas.org

 Southwest Metro Support Groups

Coffee and Conversation Support Group – Shakopee
1st Monday of the month

Caribou
8048 Old Carriage Ct
Shakopee, MN 55379
6:30 – 8 pm
Contact: Anna McLafferty, amclafferty@mofas.org or 651-917-2370

Chemical Dependency and Addiction Support Group

Join other caregivers of adults who are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure and dealing with chemical dependency and addiction issues. Talk about what works and what doesn’t, as we connect and support each other on this journey.

3rd Wednesday of the month
MOFAS Office, Suite 395
2233 University Ave W, Suite 395
St. Paul, MN 55114
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Contact: Sue Terwey, scterwey@gmail.com

Greater MN Family and Caregiver Support Groups

Parents Share Parents Care Support Group- Windom

You are invited to attend a parent and caregivers support group for those caring for individuals with an FASD or suspected FASD to discuss challenges in general and all the ups and downs of loving someone with an FASD.

October 18, November 15, and December 19, 2016
Hometown Sanitation Meeting Room
1041 3rd Ave
Windom, MN 56101
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Contact: Amy Schlager at 507-841-1030 or aschlager@mofas.org

 


Rochester Adoption/Foster Support Group

Anyone who has or is interested in adoption, adoption issues or foster care in this region to informally share resources, insights and support.

4th Thursday of the month
Note: If school is canceled or released early the support group will be canceled also.
1025 Maywood Road SW
Rochester, MN
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Child care is offered free of charge if you arrange in advance.  To register for child care, please e-mail Debra Dalin at dalin.debra@co.olmsted.mn.us or call 507-328-6432.
Contact: Melissa Fredin at 507-272-0964

Northern Minnesota FASD Peer Support Group

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.

1st Wednesday of the month
Itasca Resource Center (IRC)
1209 SE 2nd Ave, Room 239
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
6-7:30 pm
For questions, more information or to indicate interest, contact Mikki Anderson at mikkiha2000@yahoo.com or 218-398-0987.

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