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Our Family-to-Family Real Talk Series creates dialogue and connections that build community between and among affinity groups of parents, and open up safe spaces for honest conversations about challenges and opportunities that matter to their families today.
In 2022, we offer four distinct and free conversation series of six, 90-minute episodes, driven by and for Black, LGBTQIA2+, and Latinx parents and families, and parents and families with children raising children with developmental delays or disabilities, and severe chronic medical conditions.
All are welcome to join and engage in these powerful conversations!
Parenting While Black
March – May 2022
Parenting While Black offered a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Black families. In this series, Black parent leaders, advocates, innovators, academics, and entrepreneurs facilitated conversations and opportunities for reflection, sharing, inquiry, and engagement. Topics included Centering Black Joy and Excellence; Birthing While Black; Black Mental Health Matters: Health, Hope, and Healing; Elevating our Racial Identity; Flourishing in Blackness across the Life-span; and more.
This series was moderated by Eurnestine Brown, Ph.D., Director of Relational Equity and Belonging at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC).
LGBTQIA2+ Families Then and Now
April – June 2022
LGBTQIA2+ Families Then and Now provided space for exploring contemporary opportunities and challenges for same-sex parents. The free series centered on helping children of same-sex parents navigate homophobia and stigma, countering representations of LGBTQIA2+ families and their impact on lived experiences, and gender and parenting roles and identities.
This series was moderated by Laura Benkov, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author of Reinventing the Family: The Emerging Story of Lesbian and Gay Parents.
Somos Latinx Families
September – November 2022
Somos Latinx Families offers a safe and welcoming space to hold conversations for and by Latinx families. Explore what it means to be a parent as part of the Latinx community, raising Latinx children while navigating U.S. mainstream cultures, and connecting Latinx cultural identities to physical and mental health. Join us as we create a Latinx parent community of mutual learning and support.
This series is moderated by Eva Rivera, MSW, Professional Development Program Manager and National Facilitator at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.
Parenting While Rising to Child Developmental Challenges
September – December 2022
Parenting While Rising to Child Developmental Challenge offers a warm and inviting opportunity to connect with other parents and families of children with differences in or challenges to their development. Through a series of conversations with parents of children with developmental differences, challenges, or disabilities, we will explore the unique and common experiences of loving and raising children whose developmental process and journey is delayed or atypical.
We will discuss the challenges and joys of family life with children with a wide array of ways of being in the world. Over the six conversations, we will cover topics near and dear to the hearts and experiences of families as we all learn from each other about how to best support and advocate for our children, the whole family, and our communities.
This series is moderated by Jayne Singer, PhD, IECMHC-E, Director of Developmental and Relational Health at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center.