The purpose of this group is to provide a space where LGBTQ+ parent(s) and prospective parents can support one another, learn from each other, and explore topics related to personal identity, parental identity, the joys and challenges of being an adoptive family, best practice sharing, and more! If you are looking to connect with other LGBTQ+ families or planning to grow your family through adoption, this group is the place for you!
Is the facilitator of this group a part of the LGBTQ+ community?
Yes! Clara, our facilitator identifies as queer and is also an adoptee.
What will I gain from participating in this group?
Our parenting group will bring together people with shared experiences to support each other. It will provide a space where you feel accepted and understood, where everyone’s experiences are treated as equally important.
How will being a part of this group benefit my parenting journey?
- help you to open up about what you are feeling and experiencing
- introduce you to ideas and approaches that others have found helpful
- reassure you that you’re not alone in how you are feeling
- help you to connect with others and give you a sense of belonging
- encourage you to value your strengths
- build your self-esteem and confidence
Is this considered a therapy group?
While this group will be run by one of our licensed clinicians, the focus will not be on facilitating group therapy sessions. Instead, our parent group will provide a welcoming environment for anyone who is seeking to build community, foster a sense of belonging, and gain support from other adoptive LGBTQ+ families.
How do I know if a parenting support group right for me?
Before joining a peer support group, you might want to consider whether it’s right for you. It’s normal to find it difficult to open up, and you may feel nervous about sharing your experiences with others but remember you can choose how much to share.
While it can be helpful to hear how other people have coped, there might be times when it’s triggering or upsetting for you. Peer support is very different from the tailored help you might get from your therapist. Remember that you’ll hear people’s personal experiences and strategies and that what worked for them may not be right for you.
Can participants introduce specific topics of interest?
Yes! Once registered our team will reach out to gain more information on the specifics of your family, and any topics you would have interest in addressing during our sessions. Additionally, once the group begins, there will be opportunities for participants to introduce topics.
What does it mean that it is a closed group?
A closed group means that it will be the same participants throughout the six weeks.
Can I leave early or come to some sessions but not all?
Since this is a closed group, ideally you can be present for all sessions, for the full duration. However, it is understandable that situations may occur causing you to miss a session or need to leave early. This can be discussed with the facilitator.
Do I have to share in the group?
No. Members can participate in the way they feel most comfortable. Some people get the most out of groups by talking a lot and engaging with others, other people get what they need from listening and observing. Our facilitator is trained to understand the different types of group participation and help all members get the space they need during group time. If you have questions or concerns about group participation, please talk with your group facilitator.
Can couples participate?
Yes! Couples can participate.
If you would like to register, please visit www.spence-chapin.org/events