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12 Support Groups for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

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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. Check them out.

Special Needs Parents of North Texas – Discussion based group on Facebook

Autism Mamas DFW – Facebook discussion and support group for moms of kids with autism

Prestonwood Baptist Hosts a special needs network group called Onward and Upward,

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 care-givers of kids with behavioral and emotional concerns (ADHD, depression, OCD, ASD); email linksofhope@cookchildrens.org

Stonebriar Community Church – Hosts a fellowship class for parents and caregivers of kids with special needs

Dallas Preemie Parents – Holds parent groups at various restaurants, play groups (during non-COVID times) and community events

Denton Bible Church – Hosts a monthly parent survival night to connect and share with other special needs parents; call 940/297-6781 or email parentsurvival@dentonbible.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 0–2 years to share resources and meet new friends going through the same experience.

Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas – Hosts Mom’s Night Out happy hour events as well as DADS, a social group for dads with children with Down syndrome.

Bent Tree Bible – Hosts a Bible study for parents of special needs children. Contact the group here.

Is there a support group you’re a part of that helped you? Tell us at editorial@dfwchild.com.

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