Newly reinvigorated, RU12?’s Family Program offers monthly social, support and/or education events for LGBTQH and allied families, with and without children. RU12? hosts family-friendly events such as berry picking, story times, and potluck game nights to create opportunities for LGBTQH parents and their children to meet and socialize with others from similar family structures. RU12? also creates opportunities for families to get together at free or inexpensive community happenings like Ben & Jerry’s movie nights, Kids’ Day, or Lake Monsters games (just look for our Pride flags!). However, such events are not limited to families with kids, and we strive to create fun LGBTQH gatherings that will appeal not just to all kinds of family constellations, but “kids” of all ages.
Part of our programming will also entail educational events where experts speak (and answer your questions) about such as LGBTQH-specific topics such as financial and estate planning, pregnancy options, etc., as well as discussion panels on a given topic or ongoing support group options. For the latter, our KUAC, or "Kind Understanding Adoption Circle" for LGBTQH-identified or Allied adult members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents), now meets at RU12? on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
With the Family Program we hope to bring LGBTQH individuals together, to socialize with one another, to allow kids to see their family compositions mirrored in others around them, and to bring people together in order for LGBTQH adults, parents, and children to feel less alone, more connected and supported.
To be kept in the loop about upcoming Family Program events, sign up for our events email list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “Family Program” in the subject. And be sure to check our events calendar (coming soon!).
And finally, we now have an online/email discussion group hosted by GoogleGroups, which we created as a vehicle for RU12 Family Program participants to connect with one another outside of RU12? events. This can be for impromptu play dates, dinners, advice, support, items for sale, etc. Membership is open to anyone interested in joining; to apply for membership, go to: https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en&fromgroups#!forum/ru12-family-program or email email@example.com with your request.