Family Building

Programs for the Journey to Parenthood

The Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center helps people on the path to parenthood find information, connections, and community in what is often an isolating and overwhelming process.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of all colors and abilities — all are welcome to take advantage of our programming and resources.

An image of babies and toddlers of various ethnicities wearing colorful onesies and sitting side by side in a long line.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

GESTATIONAL SURROGACY 101
Tuesday, February 22 – 7:00-8:15 PM
During this Zoom discussion, we will explore what’s involved in building a family through gestational surrogacy.  Our panel will include an attorney, a fertility doctor, and parents who have gone through the process.
Register

RECENT PROGRAMS:

ADOPTION: STARTING THE PROCESS (VIRTUAL)
Please join us for a virtual discussion about various paths to adopting a child.  Hear from an adoption lawyer, from representatives from an adoption agency and from the foster care system, and from parents who have built families through domestic, international, private, agency, and public routes.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of all colors — are all warmly welcomed.  Come with questions.

PATHWAYS TO PARENTHOOD (VIRTUAL)
Join us for a Zoom discussion about different paths to family building. Our panel will include a fertility doctor, representatives from an adoption agency and the DC foster care system, a lawyer who facilitates egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and parents who have built families in a variety of ways including IVF, egg donation, sperm donation, gestational surrogacy, domestic adoption, international adoption, and foster care. The program will consist of brief formal presentations from each of our panelists followed by lots of time in breakout rooms for more intimate conversations and questions. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions, get support, and connect to other people on the path to parenthood.
Co-presented by GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement

TOPICS IN MODERN FAMILY BUILDING: A THREE PART SERIES

Join us for a virtual series on topics in Modern Family Building. Each session will include a panel of professional experts and/or parents and community members sharing personal experiences. Register for any session or all three!  LGBTQ and straight, singles and couples, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed.
Co-presented by EntryPointDC, Parenting Center, and GLOE

TOPICS IN MODERN FAMILY BUILDING: EXPLORING EGG FREEZING
During this Zoom discussion, we will explore the decision to freeze eggs for future fertility use.  We’ll learn from a fertility doctor about what’s involved in the medical process, and also hear from people who have made the choice to do it.

TOPICS IN MODERN FAMILY BUILDING: CREATING A ONE PARENT FAMILY
During this Zoom discussion, we will hear from parents who have consciously chosen to create a one parent family. They will discuss how they went about building their family and share lessons learned as they have navigated the solo parenting process.

Resources:

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