Meet Ups

STARTS WITH HELLO, ENDS WITH BELONGING.

You’ve found your community. 

**We have sadly had to suspend all meet-ups indefinitely due to Covid-19. Please click below to join our mailing list and find a link to join our online community group on Facebook. **

7 kids sitting on a bench with the Children's Museum of Sonoma County sign overhead
For Families

Click the link below to join our mailing list and stay updated on ways you can connect with families in our area. 

about 20 volunteers for our first meet up
For Volunteers

Are you interested in joining our community? Are you an educator, therapist, professional, or simply someone who’d like to volunteer at events to help families connect? Please fill out the form below to join our mailing list!

picture of a boy and his buddy going down the slide at a meet up
Our Community

We believe strongly in community. It is how we are hard-wired as human beings, and we have found that as special needs parents it is a life-line. For the past couple years we have been connecting families together who have children with varying diagnoses because- let’s be honest- unless your child has a more common diagnosis, there’s likely not an established support group for you locally. While special needs parents share many of the same worries, hopes, fears, and ambitions for their children as parents of typically developing children do, the work we do is more. The road we travel is less forgiving. The uncertainties we face are innumerable. And having people alongside us who get it is invaluable.


A lot has changed in our world since we started our Common Ground Meet-ups. Pre-Covid we met monthly for “donuts and discussion”, which was a time just for parents to connect and recharge over amazing coffee and gourmet donuts. We also had monthly Meet-ups/playdates at various parks around Santa Rosa, and most recently at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. We hope to get back at it soon. For now you can stay connected virtually by joining our Sonoma County Special Needs Parents- ALL WELCOME!- Let’s continue to support and uplift one another through this extremely trying time.