Connecting for Kids

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Coffee and Chats

  Location Westlake Porter Public Library
Child care? Registration required
RSVP Requested
Cost Free

Our bimonthly Coffee and Chats encourage parents and caregivers to meet and discuss an article about parenting a child who struggles (monthly articles and topics are provided on the registration forms below).

We know it can be intimidating to make new friends or join a new group, so our Coffee and Chats are designed to be informal opportunities to come and connect with other parents. Many parents leave these sessions with new ideas and strategies, feeling refreshed and knowing that they are not alone.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested (choose from dates/times below). Child care available on a limited basis with child care RSVP.

This program is generously sponsored by The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake.

Note: We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please contact us at

This program is offered in conjunction with the Westlake Porter Public Library and generously supported by a grant from Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library. Coffee and desserts at these events are generously donated by Jennie Lynn's Sweets (a division of Grady's Fine Wines.

Upcoming events

    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 7
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: This month's topic is "Coping with Fear of the Future."

    Do you ever fear what your child's future will be? Do you have sleepless nights worrying about if they will ever be independent? Come join us for coffee, desserts and a discussion about how to plan for the future but live in the present.

    To register for childcare: CFK: Coffee and Chat: Child Care registration

    About This Event: We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. This program is a combination book/article club and support group. We talk in small and large groups about common joys and concerns about raising children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker, instead we learn from other parents.

    Your child does not need a formal diagnosis for you to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

    • 17 Jul 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave, Lakewood

    Please support Connecting for Kids at our first summer fundraiser. The event is open to the public and we encourage you to bring neighbors, friends and co-workers. Let's all celebrate our success and help to create a sustainable organization that will be around for a long time.

    Tickets are $30 ($35 at the door) and include cheese and pepperoni pizza and unlimited Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Light and pop.   A portion of each ticket price is tax-deductible!

    NOTE: Please use this registration to purchase 5 tickets or less. If you would like to purchase 6 or more tickets at a time, please email to get group pricing.

    We will have a "Pick a Prize Raffle" where you can win any of 30 baskets filled to the brim with fun prizes. We are also running a "Win a $1,000" where you have a chance to take home a grand! Other fun events will be detailed later as our fundraising committee works on this amazing event!

    Can't make it? Buy a ticket for a "Parent Who Needs a Night Out!" 

    Want to help? We need volunteers the night of the event and we will give you a reduced ticket price if you help us! Also, we are looking for more items so please consider helping us by donating a basket!

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