Parent Support

DSAWM Parent Support programs are designed to support parents raising children with Down syndrome on their unique journey. For more information or to register for programs, visit the DSAWM calendar or contact DSAWM at (616) 956-3488 or

Aging With Down Syndrome

Caregivers of individuals with Down syndrome over the age of 30 are invited to this discussion group sponsored by DSAWM and Alzheimer’s Association. Share experiences and discuss the process of caring for loved ones growing older with Down syndrome. Visit the DSAWM calendar to find the next meeting.

Dads Group

DSAWM dads work to create positive change in our community by volunteering with other West Michigan organizations that provide services to DSAWM families and hosting DNO (Dads’s Night Out). Like MNO, DNO invites fathers raising children with Down syndrome to meet at local restaurants and share experience and support. DSAWM pays for first-time attendees (excluding alcohol). Visit the DSAWM calendar for upcoming dates.

To learn more contact Dads coordinator Rich Kloeckner at or visit the Dads Facebook Page.

Food For Thought

This monthly, lunch-hour learning series is held the 4th Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm. Bring your lunch (no food will be provided) and learn about a variety of topics related to Down syndrome. Visit the DSAWM calendar for details on upcoming workshops or check out our YouTube channel for videos of past presentations.

MNO (Moms’ Night Out)

DSAWM hosts monthly MNO in two locations: Lakeshore (Grand Haven/Muskegon) and Grand Rapids. Mothers raising children with Down syndrome meet at local restaurants to share experiences and support. DSAWM pays for first-time attendees meals (excluding alcohol). Regional MNO is dinners are hosted twice a year at the Masonic Center By the Cooking Capers class. Visit the DSAWM calendar for upcoming dates.

Parents For Parents

Parents for Parents mentors are a group of “veteran” moms and dads who have stood in the shoes of new parents of babies with Down syndrome. They have received specialized training to provide support to other families. If you are interested in being connected to a parent mentor or training to become a mentor, contact DSAWM at (616) 956-3488 or Click here to view the Parents For Parents flyer.