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For nearly 40 years, PEPS has been providing opportunities for new parents to build community and find support through programs and events. Families have shared their highs and lows of parenting and have connected during their many weeks together and sometimes, beyond that!

Many families have expressed to us a desire to meet and connect with families who share identities that intersect with their identity as parents and caregivers. We have been listening and recognize the need for this form of connection.

Since November 2020, PEPS has offered an online pilot peer-support series for LGBTQIA+ families. This is a free 6-week series designed specifically for local parents and caregivers who identify as LGBTQIA+, caring for children ages 0 to 3, to build community and find support. Each week, there will be a discussion topic facilitated by a PEPS Group Leader trained in inclusive facilitation and time for socializing and connection.

In this pilot, our organization will be using the program to learn and adapt, as we strive to make this an ongoing series, and enhance the curriculum continuously. Be sure to participate in the pre- and post-program surveys to share your feedback and help this program grow!

Program Details

Who: This virtual gathering is open to solo parents and caregivers, couples, co-parents, and polyamorous families with children aged 0 - 3 years, living in our service region. Children are welcome!

What: A pilot peer-support meeting for parents and caregivers who identify as LGBTQIA+. This will be offered as a 6-week series, with no cost to registrants, and will meet virtually.

Here are the discussion topics that will be covered:

  • Week 1: Introductions and Group Guidelines
  • Week 2: Creating Your Family
  • Week 3: Daily Routines
  • Week 4: Social Identity
  • Week 5: Mental Health and Self Care
  • Week 6: Relationships and Community

When: Every Thursday, beginning on March 25 - April 29, 2021 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Where: In the comfort of your own home! All PEPS programs and events are currently being offered virtually. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link with a password to maintain the privacy and security of the call.

This pilot group has filled. Are you interested in joining an upcoming session? Fill in our interest form to be contacted for the next available series or other series we develop to connect families with similar interests.


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