January 2020
Events, Information and Resources from Family Voices of MN
Resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through
Happy New Year
"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach."
~ Tony Robbins
We know that sometimes success for family advocates is getting through the day in one piece. Remember, though, that your work matters and so does your family's well-being. We hope that Family Voices of MN can be part of your community in 2020. We are here to provide a listening ear, information and resources.
Warm Up At One of Our Winter Parent Networking Groups

One in Five Minnesota families with children have a child with a disability or chronic health condition. We do not have to feel alone.

Families of children with special health needs can feel very isolated. Peer support improves our well-being and helps us feel more confident. Find a group that works for you and join other parents who "get it".
Virtual Parent Groups

7:30 – 9:00 PM
Jan 15th | Feb 19th | Mar 18th

Parent Support Navigators, Jess Randall and Kelly Korpela are offering virtual parent groups this winter for parents of children (or youth, or young adults) with complex health care needs or disabilities.
Jess is the mother of two children with complex medical needs and lives in Northern Minnesota. She has experience with navigating healthcare systems, use of communication devices, mobility needs, and IEP’s.
Kelly is the mother of four wonderful children and has experience with a range of diagnoses including autism, sensory processing challenges, oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, and anxiety.
Register by emailing jess@familyvoicesmn.org
Metro In-Person Parent Group

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Third Thursdays
Jan 16th | Feb 20th | Mar 19th

These ongoing support groups are being hosted by Jamie O’Conner, Outreach Coordinator for Family Voices of MN. Jamie is mom to two kids (8 yo & 7 yo), including one child with a rare genetic condition.
The vision of this group is to offer a safe and sacred space of sharing the emotional journey of parenting a child who has special health care needs or a disability.

Annandale/St. Cloud Special Needs Parenting Connections

12:30 – 2:00 PM
First Wednesdays
Feb 5th | Mar 4th | Apr 1st | May 6th

Connect with other parents and caregivers in the community for some conversation.
Parent hosts: Kelly Korpela – Parent Support Navigator, Family Voices of MN & Anna Lawler – Special Education Teacher & Volunteer Support Parent, Family Voices of MN.