Developing Your Circle of Parents Group

Developing Your Circle of Parents Group

FamilyWise is proud to hold the Minnesota State Charter of the national Circle of Parents program.

The Circle of Parents model is a peer-led, mutual self-help, support group program. Implementing a Circle of Parents support group increases parent partnership, shared leadership, and helps strengthen resilient communities.  Support groups also help form prevention initiatives and other family strengthening programs and services.

Weekly meetings give parents co-learning opportunities to exchange ideas, connect with other parents, and learn that they’re not alone in this journey. The similarities of parent self-help support groups offered throughout the state are greater than their differences. Certain elements must remain constant to maintain the integrity of the model. For example, groups are always offered free, confidential, and non-judgmental, and promote positive parenting practices. There is no age limit or how long a participant can attend.

Many locations offer concurrent children’s groups (or kid’s clubs) where children can increase their social skills. Offering a children’s group can provide an additional incentive for parents to attend Circle of Parents meetings by providing a safe, educational, and fun place for their children. A children’s group helps children build relationships with one another while their parents are meeting in the adult group.

Find a Circle of Parents Group Near You

If you are interested in starting a Circle of Parents group in your location or would like additional information, please contact the regional director in your area:


Southern MN: Barb Sorum [email protected]  507.383.8842

Metro Area: Lisa Deputie l[email protected]  612.877.7810

Northern MN: Jenna Schmidt [email protected]  218.461.0292


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