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Family Support  

Individual and family support is one of the primary ways we accomplish our mission. We offer information and support for new parents through our new parent packet.

Parent support groups
We serve a wide geographic area in greater St. Louis including St. Louis City, St. Louis, Jefferson, St. Charles, and Washington counties in Missouri, and St. Clair, Madison, Macoupin, Monroe, and Jersey counties in Illinois.


Franklin County This is a support and resource group for families of children with special needs. The group has quarterly networking (social) meetings, family events, and speakers.

Contact: Cindy Bossaller at (636) 390-2285.


St. Charles County Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at United Services.

Contact: Beth Franzen at (636) 447-7155.


Ballwin This group meets at the Daniel Boone Library one Wednesday each month

St. Louis City. This group meets the second Friday of every month (alternating day and evening times). The focus of the group is to discuss relevant issues pertaining to children with special needs and to gain support and learn from each other's experiences.

Contact: Brandi Martine at (314) 963-7744 or Meghan Stewart at (314) 963-7744.


Southwestern Illinois. The Riverbend parent support group serves families in Southwestern Illinois. Meetings are on the first Friday of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 106 North Border, Troy, Illinois. Activities are provided for children.

Contact: Tamara Rampold at (618) 667-8771.

Our Family Support Committee
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New Parent Information

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Play Group

Moms and kids of all ages with Down syndrome are invited to come together for fun and support.
Group meets the first Friday of each month at:

Good Shepherd School
Timber Run Drive (north of Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur)
from 2:00 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m.
for more information contact Becky Fant

Parent to Parent

Parent-to-parent support is one parent helping another. It gives parents whose children have been diagnosed with Down syndrome the chance to meet with another parent who understands from experience.

Our goal is to help you gain confidence and knowledge by sharing experiences with other parents. A parent coordinator matches each family with a helping hand family. This Helping Parent has participated in training sponsored by the DSAGSL and MPACT in order to be of assistance to families in need.

Our Parent Coordinator will match you with a Helping Parent, who has participated in training sponsored by the DSA and MPACT. To make the best match, we will consider medical concerns you are facing, age of the child and where you live.

You can reach us by calling the office of the DSA at (314) 961-2504. Please leave your name and telephone number. Our Parent Coordinator will telephone you to talk about your needs and answer any questions you might have about our program. We will also provide training to any parent who would like to volunteer to be a Helping Parent. Just call us!