PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Due to the pandemic, all in-person gatherings will resume once it is deemed safe to do so. In the interim, all programs are held virtually

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MAYBE BABY COURSES

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.

SUPPORT PROGRAMS

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

Allowing our children to be around other families like theirs, in a safe and celebratory environment, is vital

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.

FALL FAMILY CAMP WEEKEND

Rainbow Families organizes a very popular camp/retreat weekend in October. Whether at a YMCA camp or a retreat center, the camp weekend is a great deal of fun for those who participate. There are constant activities for the kids, sports, arts, climbing walls and zip lines, etc. A talent show allows the kids to share their talents with the whole group. Parents usually have at least one adult focused presentation, but there is plenty of opportunity to talk with friends and meet people who are unfamiliar. Everyone has a wonderful time at these weekend events. Please see our “Calendar of Events” to find out when the next Fall Camp Weekend will take place.

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.

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