Family Play Days
The LGBT Foster Care Project
For more than two decades, The Center has been helping the LGBT community to build, nurture, protect and grow our families. From questions about starting a family, to parenting support and networking, to couples/relationship counseling, legal and medical resources and referrals for LGBT families, we can connect you with the information you need.
The Center’s family programming offers a host of resources, including bi-monthly legal clinics where you can get answers to important questions, “know your rights” workshops, couples/relationship counseling, family play days, and more. Counseling is provided by licensed social workers or social work interns supervised by licensed social workers to help your family stay happy and healthy. These services are by appointment only. For counseling services please call 646.556.9300, Monday through Friday, 12-4 p.m. to set up an appointment, for all other services call 646.358.1703.”
Ready to start a family? Want to make a play date with other LGBT families? Or, are you just looking for an LGBT-family-friendly environment? If so, we’re here for you.
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The Center hosts and collaborates on a variety of support & networking groups, workshops, and events for prospective and current LGBT parents.
For group meeting times and dates please visit our calendar.
On the Road to Parenthood
A group for LGBTQ community members who are considering parenthood. Meet, mingle and share information with others who are considering parenthood while learning about the services provided by Center Families.
Pregnancy Support and Networking Group
A support and networking group for pregnant parents-to-be wanting to connect and share their experiences and resources with others.
Planning Biological Parenthood for Women
For those considering, preparing for, or currently in the process of conceiving through alternative insemination/IVF. Drop by to share your story, seek support and exchange information with others who are also taking this exciting journey to parenthood.
Planning Biological Parenthood for Men
This group provides opportunities to discuss the legal, medical, financial, social and moral aspects of surrogacy and egg donation faced by the LGBTQ community. Get together with other community members considering parenthood through surrogacy to share information, provide mutual support and build a network of parents.
The Foster Parent Connection
This group supports and educates LGBT foster parents and prospective foster parents while providing the opportunity to network with community members with similar experiences.
Parenthood Through Adoption
A group for LGBTQ people exploring the possibilities of becoming parents through adoption.
Trans Families and Friends
Co-facilitated with The Center’s Gender Identity Project, this monthly drop-in group is for family members and friends of someone who is transgender, transsexual, gender-different or gender questioning. Come together with other moms, dads, uncles, siblings, grandparents, friends and adult children of transgender individuals.
Monthly play days are events where LGBTQ parents can connect and network while their children have lots of fun with others their age. A baby space is provided for those less than three years old. Play Days also offer age-appropriate organized activities for three-to-five-year-olds and six-to-eight-year-olds, plus there's a chat room for parents. Most Family Play Days are held at The Center, but we also take them "on the road" – to the theater, museums, or other play spaces.For upcoming play days please visit our calendar.
The LGBT Foster Care Project is a collaborative project between The Center and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). The purpose of the project is to partner with New York City foster care agencies and ACS to increase the number of homes for all youth, with a special emphasis on LGBTQ youth.
The LGBT Foster Care Projects offers:
- Support, networking and training for current and prospective foster parents
- Training for ACS provider agency staff
- Support and advocacy opportunities for LGBT youth with foster care experience
- Education and outreach encouraging LGBT families to consider becoming foster parents
For more information on trainings, internship opportunities or to become a foster parent, contact Sarah Mikhail, LMSW at 646.358.1748 or email@example.com
The Foster Care Project: Youth Speaker’s Bureau
The Youth Speaker’s Bureau is an internship opportunity for young people, 17-24, who have experience with the foster care system. Through developing leadership, advocacy, and facilitation skills, using personal narrative, op-ed letter writing, and educating peers on LGBT history, interns will raise awareness of LGBT issues within the foster care system and make a difference in the lives of other foster care children and their families.
Circle of Youth
Circle of Youth provides a comfortable environment for LGBT youth in foster care, ages 15+, to come together, learn their rights, express their feelings, find support and achieve their goals.
MAPP – Foster and Adoptive Parent Trainings
The Center hosts weekly MAPP trainings with You Gotta Believe! (YGB), an organization that trains and licenses community members to become foster and adoptive parents. YGB also specializes in placing older children with permanent families before they age out of care.