PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Many classes and programs are held virtually. We are slowly resuming some of our events. The calendar listings will indicate which ones. Thank you.
To See the Schedule of Current
Programs & Events
Click Here: Calendar
This information is updated regularly, check back often
MAYBE BABY COURSE
Considering Parenthood? We Can Help!
Rainbow Families’ Maybe Baby was created over 30 years ago for prospective LGBTQ+ parents (single, married or partnered) thinking about parenthood and interested in learning more about the options and considerations in building a family.
The coursework covers a broad range of topics including readiness to be a parent, decision making, overview of creating family through adoption, assisted reproduction and foster care/older child, financial and legal issues, building a support network, considerations for single parenting, interracial and intercultural families, and the joys and challenges of being an LGBTQ+ headed family. The class is designed to provide a balance of active discussion and sharing, as well as to gain practical, accurate information that helps set the foundation for moving forward.
Like all Rainbow Families programs, this is a safe and welcoming space for all.
For our community, Rainbow Families offers a variety of virtual support groups, most of which are facilitated by trained mental health professionals or therapists. Programs are either free of charge, and for those with a modest registration fee, that fee is reduced for Rainbow Families members.
As always, our services are designed to serve everyone. If financial constraints prohibit you from registering for any Rainbow Families program, please email our Executive Director in confidence.
These valuable programs include:
- Adoption Support Group
- Conception Support Group
- New Parent Support Group
- Divorced & Separated Rainbow Families
- LGBTQ+ Parenthood Grief & Loss
OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT
Providing opportunities for our families to connect with other families like theirs, in an affirming and celebratory way, is vital for all – our children, as well as parents.
Each year (in non-pandemic times), Rainbow Families creates vital opportunities to celebrate our families. We have long-standing annual programs such as a Camping Weekend, a large Family Picnic, our Annual Family Conference, weekend excursions to Great Wolf Lodge and more.
Rainbow Families also coordinates, along with our members, regional and neighborhood playgroups, cooking classes, pizza parties, library story times, arts & crafts, etc. Members usually volunteer to help organize playgroups; if interested please email us HERE
Allowing our children to be around other families like theirs is an important part of helping them feel a part of a community, included, safe, and celebrated.
During the pandemic, with all necessary safety precautions being taken, in-person groups are not being scheduled. Our virtual programming can be found on our calendar page.
One such program launching in 2021 is our Pen-Pal program with Rainbow Families of Australia! A perfect opportunity for our kids of all ages to connect with other children from across the globe, and to hone their actual letter-writing skills in this deluge of screen time we’re in.
FAMILY CAMP WEEKEND
For years, Rainbow Families has organized a popular annual camp/retreat weekend. We missed 2020, and our community is looking forward to gathering again in 2021, this year over Labor Day Weekend.
The value of gathering our families together in a safe, affirming, welcoming space is immense. Having our children be around other families like theirs is empowering. And providing parents an opportunity to connect is fantastic as well.
From tent campsites to lodge cabins (with private bathrooms!), this weekend appeals to a range of family preferences who seek a change of pace, back to nature…. and might appreciate having limited screen time.
This year we will again be at YMCA’s Camp Tockwogh, in Maryland, on the Chesapeake shore. There are numerous activities – the swimming pool, boat rides, canoeing, wall climbing, hikes.
We are introducing specific programs for families with young children, more things for tweens & teens such as pickup basketball, a wiffle ball game, disc golf, nature walks, arts and crafts. And we’ve adding time for parents/guardians to gather and connect for conversation, opportunities to meet new families, and to learn more about Rainbow Families.
For more info, click HERE We expect to sell out rather quickly!
FAMILY CONFERENCE & GATHERING
Rainbow Families’ Family Conference is the largest gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)-headed family community in the region. Our Conference is a full day of educational and social events. We feature activities and sessions that allow LGBTQ+ families (and people considering family planning) to not only learn more about the topics that matter to them, but also to build on their own community of support.