Registration is now open for Maybe Baby 2014. This will be the third year that the Family Equality Council has sponsored the series for GLBT people considering parenting. I have had the privilege of facilitating the series and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Here are the top 4 reasons why I encourage GLBT people considering parenthood to attend this workshop series.
1) Maybe Baby is one stop shopping. Maybe Baby is a great way to learn about the many options available for family creation. Past speaker topics have included adoption, foster parenting, surrogacy, donor egg and/or sperm, and other alternative methods for conception. Within 4 meetings you will gain information and resources related to the cost, legalities and options for family creation.
2) Maybe Baby is FREE! Due to the generosity of the Family Equality Council, Enlightened Wellness and the speakers there is no cost to attend the series. Not one penny. This is the only time your possible children won’t cost you anything!
3) Friends for life. There is no doubt about it – deciding to have a family is a personal decision and family creation becomes more personal yet. It has been my experience that the bonds made in this workshop can last while navigating family creation and the sometimes rough waters of parenting. For the participants whose Maybe evolves into a “No” there is still the connection of being on this intentional journey together.
4) Maybe Baby gives you the time, space and support you deserve while you ponder whether parenting is for you. Each week time is given to discussion and targeted ( and fun ) exercises to focus on your dreams for the future in relation to becoming a parent or remaining child free by choice.
It is difficult to limit the benefits to these four, as I believe the benefits of this series are numerous. However, if you are GLBT or love someone who is, I feel that these reasons alone are reason enough to register and attend the series. GLBTQ people have a place to gain valuable information, resources and personal insights into how parenting and family creation may impact their lives. It is an honor to be on this journey with them, and after the workshop,whether participants decide to parent or not, they will never be the same. Please join us, beginning October 20, 2014 for Maybe Baby 2014. Registration is required and may be completed online at Family Equality Council
I would never tell people Yes or No to parenthood but if they asked if they should attend Maybe Baby in order to give themselves time to consider parenthood I would wholeheartedly say, ” Maybe Baby? YES!”
If you are looking for a therapist who specializes in family planning and reproductive health for ALL families please contact Trisha Falvey, LMFT