Caregiver and Support Groups

Childserve Support Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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Childserve offers a parent support group one Saturday a month from 9am-1030am. Childcare and a light breakfast are provided. Please contact Monica Goodwin at for more information.


The Iowa City Autism Community Caregiver Group

During school months, The Iowa City Autism group will meet every third Friday at 9am at Zion Lutheran Church at 310 N Johnson St in Iowa City. We meet in the lower level in the “Gathering Room”. Our focus will be on problem-solving, discussing resources, strategies, school issues, and allowing caregivers and autistic people to connect with each other through casual conversation. This group does not meet in July-August. Contact Dina Bishara at for more information.

ECIAS Support Group


The East Central Iowa Autism Society offers a caregiver support group once a month at the Downtown Cedar Rapids Library. Please visit their website at for more information.

Childserve – Grupo Manantial

ChildServe hosts Grupo Manantial, parent education and support groups for families whose primary language is Spanish and who have a child with a disability ages birth to five. The group meets twice monthly, on Fridays, over the noon hour. Transportation and childcare are available. A light lunch is also provided.  Contact Monica Goodvin at 351-5437 or at for more information.

Grupo Manantial comparte esperanza y fortaleza con las familias de niños con necesidades medicas especiales. Si tiene alguna pregunta, pongase en contacto con Monica a