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Coffee and Chat

Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat

Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles.

Coffee and Chat is for families of children ages 0-12 years.

Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately.

Translation is also available.

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Locations:
Elyria, Euclid, Middleburg Heights
and Westlake
Child Care: Free with Child Registration


Important Notes:

  • Free, supervised children's activities are available with separate child registration. We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please call 440-570-5908/para español 440-907-9130 or email info@connectingforkids.org.

Connecting for Kids Program Locations

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Address: West River Branch of Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. (map)



Address: Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St. (map)

Sessions: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.



Address: Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 16699 Bagley Rd. (map)



Address: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. (map)


    • 18 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Is your child questioning gender identity or sexual orientation? As a caregiver or family member, how can you be supportive and affirming? Join Kristen Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, and Lisa Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, of Colors+, as well as the community of other families to discuss gender nonconformity. This month our presenters will explore how to be an advocate for your child and prepare for difficult conversations and situations with others. This program will provide talking points and strategies for talking to others with patience and compassion.

    We will also discuss the article titled, "Talking to Grandparents and Other Adult Family Members". Register and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is a safe space and will not be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.


    • 16 Jun 2021
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    Register

    As vaccines roll out and states ease regulations, the world is starting to feel more normal, but not for you. As the parent of a child with complex needs, you still must socially isolate while others are making summer plans. While colleagues are returning to in-person work, you must manage the workload from home while still tending to your child. Or, maybe you had to make the difficult decision to leave your job during the pandemic and now feel jealous as others are moving forward in their careers. Simply stated, you are burned out and there is no end in sight for your family. As other families are celebrating the return to the ways things were pre-COVID, you are feeling guilt, anger and loss. Join Sarah Saunders, MA, LPCC, of Purposeful Growth & Wellness as we talk about these feelings of frustration related to the virus. Learn seven tips to release and manage your feelings.

    Register and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is a safe space and will not be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.


    • 22 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    June is pride month and if you have a child questioning gender identity or sexual orientation what are the best ways to celebrate as a family? Or, how can you encourage your child to mark the occasion even if you are not emotionally able to celebrate? Join Kristen Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, and Lisa Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, of Colors+ as we discuss the articles, How to Celebrate Pride Quietly When You are Not Totally Out as well as Tips for Experiencing Pride Month with Kids. Join this community and together we will explore ideas to honor pride month in the most comfortable way for your family.

    Register and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is a safe space and will not be recorded.

    Connecting for Kids provides families with resources so they can make an informed decision for their child.

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.


    • 13 Jul 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Outdoors, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.
    • 8
    Register

    Are you stressed over keeping up with everything your family needs? Between managing summer learning, making and keeping therapy appointments, and worrying whether your child could get sick, it can all seem like too much – especially if your child is struggling too. This program, co-facilitated by Karla Fitch of Connecting for Kids and Lisa Ruman, LISW, CHt of The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake, will show you how flexible thinking can help you to manage stressful situations.

    At this in-person program, they will walk you through three tools that can help you tap into the resilience you already have the next time a stressful situation hits. We will follow social distancing rules and masks would be required for all attendees with exceptions made for an inability to wear a mask due to a medical reason or disability. In the event of a weather or health concern, Connecting for Kids reserves the right to move this program to virtual. This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library.



Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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