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Parent Support Groups

Parent Support Groups provide information and support specific to the challenges parents and families face. The Parent Support Groups offered through Children's Centre Thunder Bay provide education and community connections to help improve coping skills and quality of life.


Parent Support Groups may vary as new groups are developed. Children's Centre Thunder Bay currently offers the following two groups.


Down Syndrome Parent Support Group


Children’s Centre Thunder Bay offers the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group to families with a child who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Monthly group meetings provide all family members with an opportunity to socialize with each other, and to discuss challenges, celebrate successes, and support one another.


Parents are given the opportunity to meet other parents of children with Down Syndrome, and to learn about parenting challenges specific to various stages of family life. Parents will also be able to share information, discuss related topics of interest, and become more aware of other resources in the community, as well as relevant fundraisers and special events.


Meetings occur on the first Monday of every month from 6 pm until 8 pm at:


The Best Start Hub in Sherbrooke Public School

110 Sherbrooke Street

Thunder Bay, ON


Families who wish to be a part of this support group are required to be clients of Children’s Centre Thunder Bay. For more information, please call Children's Centre Thunder Bay at 807-343-5000.


Families of Choice


Supported by Children’s Centre Thunder Bay, Families of Choice is a support group for parents and families of children and youth up to the age of 18 who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or are otherwise questioning their gender or sexual identity (LGBTQ+). This group helps parents to connect with other families of LGBTQ+ children, and to learn how to support each other, as well as their children.


Meetings occur once a month from 7 pm until 9 pm at:


Insight on Memorial

594 Memorial Avenue

Thunder Bay, ON


Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, or for a list of upcoming meeting dates, please contact Amy at 807-684-5100, ext. 5016, or visit our Facebook group.