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12 Support Groups for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

find other parents to connect with virtually or in-person

As a parent of a child with special needs, you can feel isolated, like no one else really knows what you’re going through. Yes, your family is supportive and so are your friends, but what if you don’t feel like they really get it? That’s why it’s so important to find other mamas out there who are going through the same experience. We found 12 support groups for moms, dads and caregivers of little ones who need special care or treatment (including those in the NICU). Through these groups, you can meet new friends, share stories and be surrounded with people who truly understand.

Special Needs Parents of North Texas – A discussion-based Facebook group for parents of children with special needs to seek advice, referrals and support.

Autism Mamas DFW – Private Facebook discussion and support group for moms of kids with autism; based in Frisco.

Mended Little Hearts – Cook Children’s hosts this group for parents of children with congenital heart defects; call 682/885-4720 or email parents@cookchildrens.org.

Links of Hope in Fort Worth – Cook Children’s hosts this group for adult caregivers of kids with behavioral and emotional concerns (ADHD, depression, OCD, ASD); email linksofhope@cookchildrens.org.

NICU Helping Hands – Based in Fort Worth, holds NICU Mom CONNECT support group for moms after baby goes home from NICU; email nicumomconnect@nicuhelpinghands.org.

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas – Holds new parent and expectant parent meetings for families with kids age 0–4 years to share resources and meet new friends going through the same experience.

Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas – Hosts Parent’s Night Out (combining the Mom’s Night Out and DADS programs) to give parents an opportunity to enjoy appetizers on DSPNT. Some of the events are scheduled to coincide with Teen Scene events.

The Potter’s House IDD Outreach – These IDD support groups for mom, dad, siblings and caregivers were created to help join families and helpers together with others who understand their unique challenges. Join virtually through Zoom or in-person at The Potter’s House Dallas Church Campus on the fourth Saturday from 2–3:30pm.

Prestonwood Baptist In Plano, hosts a special needs network group called Onward and Upward.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas – Special Needs Partnership provides support, resources and education through programs and services, with groups teaching social skills for teen boys and teen girls with special needs.

Stonebriar Community Church – In Frisco, hosts a fellowship class for parents and caregivers of kids with special needs.

Denton Bible Church – Hosts the Parent Survival Partners group to connect and share with other parents of children with special needs; call 940/297-6781 or email Amanda at avaughn@dentonbible.org.

Bent Tree Bible – In Carrollton, hosts a twice-monthly Bible study for parents of children with special needs. Contact the group here.

Is there a support group you’d like to recommend for other local parents? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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