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. To find the next meeting, visit the calendar.


  • Father’s raising children with Down syndrome work to create positive change in our community through our dads’ group in a variety of ways:
  • Oversee The Inside Outing – an indoor mini-golf outing benefitting DSAWM.
  • Volunteer with other West Michigan organizations that provide services to DSAWM families.
  • Dads’s Night Out – Sports Bars, restaurants, bowling – take a night off with DSAWM dads.  DSAWM pays for first-time attendees (excluding alcohol). Wisit the DSAWM calendar for upcoming dates.

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

MNO (Moms’ Night Out)

DSAWM hosts monthly MNO in three locations: Kalamazoo, 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