Circle of Parents® is the National Network of Mutual Support and Self-Help Programs in Partnership with Communities, a collaborative project of Prevent Child Abuse America and the National Family Support Roundtable. This link will guide you to more information about Circle of Parents®, its history and mission as well as parent resources and publications.


These parent and caregiver support groups help improve parenting skills and strengthen family relationships. During weekly meetings, parents share the challenges and successes of parenting their children. Group meetings provide opportunities: for parents to exchange ideas; connect with other parents; learn that they are not alone in this journey, and to talk about their feelings in safe and supportive surroundings. All groups operate on a shared leadership model and provide non-judgmental support and learning opportunities for parents and primary caregivers of children. Many groups also offer separate, specialized programming for child participants.

The program is offered at no charge. There is no age limit, no limitation on how long you attend, or on how much you share when you are a participant.

To learn more about Circle of Parents, please call us at 651.523.0099.

Circle of Parents Meeting Locations

Circle of Parents group are held throughout Minnesota in a variety of counties and locations. Click MN Circle of Parents Group Locations-Public to see if there is a Circle of Parents Group near you.

For more current information, please call 651.523.0099 or 800.244.5373.


Circle of Parents groups are changing lives of parent across Minnesota. To learn more about the impact of this program, check out our reports below!

2019 Circle Participant Survey Report

2019 Focus Group Report


Circle of Parents Training Series

The Minnesota Circle of Parents model is a peer-led, mutual self-help, support group program. At group sessions parents can safely discuss with other parents and caregivers the challenge and success involved in raising children. Implementing a Circle of Parents group increases parent partnership and leadership throughout the community. Support groups also help create and strengthen prevention initiatives and other local family programs and services.

These trainings are offered online to help reach a wider range of statewide locations and volunteers where they are. RSVP to see future dates. CEUs available.

Register Here

Questions about the Training Series? Contact:

Lisa Deputie at or 651.523.0099
Barb Sorum at or 507.383.8842

How Do I Start A Group In My Area?

If you are interested in starting a Circle of Parents group in your area, first connect with PCAMN to be directed to the staff member in your area. Your staff contact will help you develop your chapter and provide training and technical assistance as you form your group. The following trainings are offered for those starting new chapters:

Using a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, discussion, and stories, this training will give you the basic skills to begin facilitating mutual self-help Circle of Parents® groups with confidence. This training is perfect for new facilitators and as a refresher course for current facilitators.

  • This training builds on the strengths of the past by providing greater opportunity to practice skills, increase knowledge of how groups work and become even more grounded in the values of mutual self-help, shared leadership and family support.

This training is designed to help build confidence and skills in dealing with children. Focus is put on learning to understand and manage children’s behaviors as well as your own. Special attention will be paid to family and protective factors, roles and responsibilities, and mandated reporting issues.

The Children’s Program training is for new children’s program leaders and assistants. The children’s program training includes:

  • Roles and responsibilities of volunteers
  • Mandated reporting
  • Children’s resilience
  • Positive approaches to children
  • Establishing activity structure and routines

To learn more about the Circle of Parents Program, please call Barb Sorum at 507.383.8842. You may also email Barb at