EDUCATING, CONNECTING and SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ FAMILIES

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 14
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    NEW PARENT &  PREGNANCY SUPPORT GROUP 

    Now an On Line ZOOM Meeting!


    Rainbow Families is delighted to provide an ongoing Support Group for people who are currently pregnant, or are new to parenthood with a child under 9 months.

    This program is facilitated by a licensed psychologist who specializes in reproductive health and is offered free-of-charge to Rainbow Families members (nominal fee for non-members)

    Dates:   Sept 20   |   Oct 18   |  Nov 15

    This is designed for those who have not previously participated in this support group, to allow new people participate in this valuable resource.   It is hoped that registrants will try to attend all 3 sessions to receive the most benefit from this type of support group.   Space is limited to help maintain a sense of privacy, intimacy and safety to interact.




    Facilitated by:  Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

    • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 15
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    PRE CONCEPTION SUPPORT GROUP 


    Rainbow Families is delighted to continue our ongoing Support Group for LGBTQ+ people seriously considering or going through Assisted Reproductive Technology as part of their family planning journey.

    This program is facilitated by a licensed psychologist who specializes in reproductive health and is offered free-of-charge to Rainbow Families members (nominal fee for non-members)

    Dates:   Sept 20   |   Oct 18   |  Nov 15

    This is designed for those who have not previously participated in this support group, to allow new people participate in this valuable resource.   It is hoped that registrants will try to attend all 3 sessions to receive the most benefit from this type of support group.   Space is limited to help maintain a sense of privacy, intimacy and safety to interact.




    Facilitated by:  Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

    • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 11, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 31
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    Fall/Winter 2020 Series is Here




    Rainbow Families' Maybe Baby was designed 30 years ago, for prospective LGBTQ+ parents (single, married or partnered) thinking about parenthood and interested in learning more about the options and considerations in building a family.   


    The series covers a broad range of topics including readiness to be a parent, decision making, overview of adoption, assisted reproduction, foster, financial and legal issues, building a support network, considerations for single parenting, interracial and intercultural families, and the joys and challenges of being an LGBTQ+ headed family.  The class is designed to provide a balance of active discussion and sharing, as well as to gain practical, accurate information that helps set the foundation for moving forward. 


    Like all Rainbow Families programs, this is a safe and welcoming space for all.


    Paid attendance for this Maybe Baby series includes one-year complimentary membership to Rainbow Families, with all member benefits included.

    Topics/dates subject to change, pending confirmation of speakers and panelists.
    No refunds after 9/10/2020.   This virtual series is available nationally; current presenters are based in the Washington DC region - there may be some rules/practices governing other areas however core principles we cover should apply across the board.  
    If registration costs are preventing you from attending, reach out to us in confidence to discuss assistance


    • Saturday, September 26, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Saturday, December 19, 2020
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Virtual
    • 9
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    RAINBOW FAMILIES' ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP
    Fall / Winter 2020

    Rainbow Families is pleased to offer our recurring support group for prospective LGBTQ+ parents going through the adoption process.  Participants should be about to start their home study, on up to waiting for your child...and all steps in-between.

    Dates: Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 21, December 19

    The group is facilitated by an expert in the field of therapy, family counseling, mental health, youth, and families.  She has a Masters degree and will soon complete her Doctorate.

    Those who have never attended this support group will have registration priority, to help new people participate in this valuable resource.   We ask that registrants attend all sessions to receive the most benefit from this support group. 
     Space is limited to help maintain a sense of privacy, intimacy and safety to interact.

    Meetings are free of charge to Rainbow Families members.  Non-members  are $20 per person  (about $7 per session per person).    No refunds.   Dates/times may be subject to change; any changes will be communicated immediately.


    • Saturday, October 03, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    JOIN RAINBOW FAMILIES FOR CHILD HEALTH AWARENESS DAY

    A short Saturday morning story time!  We will read two fun titles,

    If the Dentist Were an Animal, by Rachel Grider

    Three Cheers for Kid McGear, by Sherri Duskey Rinker
    (Teamwork...and girl-power!)

    Then we'll each share OUR favorite thing we do to help stay healthy! 
    Is it brushing our teeth? Eating veggies?  Being kind?

    Child Health Day in the United States raises awareness of how they can protect and develop children’s health. This event is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October.

    Free for Rainbow Families members, $5 for non members

    • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

       

     LGBTQ+ prospective parents face unique family building

    challenges

    Please join Dr. Carter Owen for an informative discussion about fertility, where we will discuss the topics of Donor Egg and Gestational Carriers

    Arming yourself with accurate information can help you make well-informed decisions as you embark on your journey to become a parent


    There is no charge, however a small donation to Rainbow Families is appreciated

    Link for the meeting will be sent prior

    About Dr. Owen:  Dr. Carter Owen is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible in Medical Genetics and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (MG and REI). She attended the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia.   

    While in medical school, she was awarded a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda where she focused on uterine fibroids. After completing her OBGYN residency in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, she returned to the D.C. metro area for her fellowship in MG and REI at the NIH. She currently practices at CCRM Northern Virginia Fertility Center. She is a member of the LGBTQ clinical committee for CCRM nationwide. She and her wife are the proud parents of two sons




    • Saturday, October 24, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    Register

    OK  -  sigh -  We aren't quite ready for a huge, in-person party.    We must still do our parts to keep everyone healthy.

    So we're going to do a TRICK or TREAT COSTUME PARTY Let's get together, have the kids (and of course their creative parents)  get dressed up in their Halloweeniest Spooktaculariest Best!    The kids can show off their fun costumes, laugh with one another, even do a couple of activities.

    All Rainbow Families members are welcome!  Prospective parents, your kids' grandparents, BFF's.    All we ask is that all costumes be family-friendly.

    Please - keep this tradition alive - even if modified.    Our kids need opportunities to see other families like theirs, which has been so limited in the last several months.

    Do you have some ideas?  Thoughts on how to make this even more fun for everyone?  Let us know!


    • Saturday, January 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Meeting
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     For the trans community, considering building a family through fertility can be truly unique, if not daunting.  It's vital to have a safe, affirming space to learn and to ask questions. 

    Please join Dr. Carter Owen for an informative discussion about fertility, with topics specifically for the trans community. 

    Arming yourself with accurate information can help you make well-informed decisions as you embark on your journey to become a parent.



    There is no charge, however a small donation to Rainbow Families is appreciated

    Link for the meeting will be sent prior

    About Dr. Owen:  Dr. Carter Owen is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and board eligible in Medical Genetics and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (MG and REI). She attended the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia.   

    While in medical school, she was awarded a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda where she focused on uterine fibroids. After completing her OBGYN residency in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, she returned to the D.C. metro area for her fellowship in MG and REI at the NIH. She currently practices at CCRM Northern Virginia Fertility Center. She is a member of the LGBTQ clinical committee for CCRM nationwide. She and her wife are the proud parents of two sons



    • Friday, February 05, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Sunday, February 07, 2021
    • 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg VA
    • 10
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    Rainbow Families' 2021 FUN, WET, WONDERFUL
    Family Weekend is Here!

    Did YOU get in on the fun at our 2019 weekend?   
    Were you looking forward to our 2020 weekend?

    Our fun, splish-splash, AWESOME 2021 weekend is here!



    We negotiated another great discount -   $179 per night plus tax
      • PLUS -  $30 daily resort fee?   WAIVED!     
      • PLUS10% off food & beverage 
      • PLUS -  Free WiFi 
      • Limited availability -  First-come, first- served.  Minimum participation is required to qualify for this rate
      • Check in 4 pm Friday.  Check out 11 am Sunday.  You can arrive earlier to pre-check in and receive passes to enjoy the waterpark until check in time
      • Just like our 1st event, we plan to do a fun group dinner early Saturday evening

      Registration:

      • Once you sign up here, you'll immediately receive an email with info on how to book your weekend.    You are NOT confirmed until you've made a reservation with Great Wolf
      • Must book by January 5, but we expect to sell out well before then

      Great Wolf Lodge has been extremely supportive of Rainbow Families. 
      It feels good to support businesses who support us

      Covid-19 Note:   If Great Wolf Lodge is open during for the February 5 weekend, your reservations,  arrangements, financial transactions, and liability are wholly between you and Great Wolf Lodge.

    Past events

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Use of Donor Sperm & Reciprocal IVF
    Sunday, September 13, 2020 Annual Family Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    Thursday, September 10, 2020 Creating Family: Adopting Older Children
    Saturday, August 08, 2020 Annual Family Conference 2020
    Wednesday, July 08, 2020 Free: It's a PET PARADE!
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020 July Book Club - For Middle & High Schoolers
    Sunday, June 28, 2020 Maybe Baby Summer 2020
    Saturday, June 27, 2020 [Cancelled] Madagascar - A Musical Adventure!
    Saturday, June 27, 2020 Free: Reciprocal IVF and Donor Sperm
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Free: Personal Fiction and Growing Up Queer & Trans in 1990s Midwest
    Saturday, June 20, 2020 Free: Story Time for Fathers Day!
    Wednesday, June 17, 2020 Free: Rainbow Color Treasure Hunt
    Friday, June 05, 2020 [Cancelled] Great Wolf Lodge Weekend
    Thursday, May 28, 2020 Free: Body Image & Eating Disorder Discussion
    Sunday, May 17, 2020 Maybe Baby Spring 2020
    Saturday, May 16, 2020 Free LGBTQ+ Support Group
    Saturday, May 16, 2020 [Postponed] Annual Family Conference
    Friday, May 08, 2020 Staying Healthy, Sane and Well in the time of Covid-19
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020 Staying Healthy, Sane and Well in the time of Covid-19
    Monday, May 04, 2020 Puppet Story Time!
    Sunday, April 26, 2020 Together In Pride: You Are Not Alone
    Saturday, April 25, 2020 [Cancelled] Lyle the Crocodile!
    Saturday, April 25, 2020 LGBTQ+ Adoption Support Group
    Sunday, April 19, 2020 Pre-Conception/Family Planning Support Group
    Sunday, April 19, 2020 New Parent & Pregnancy Support Group
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 The CARES Act and How It Affects YOU
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Story Time!
    Saturday, April 04, 2020 Story Time & Coloring (PLUS Something for Parents!)
    Saturday, February 15, 2020 Family Valentines Party
    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Annual Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Discount to SWAN LAKE at the Kennedy Center
    Sunday, December 15, 2019 LET'S MOVE Playdate Fun!
    Sunday, December 01, 2019 The Velveteen Rabbit at Adventure Theater
    Thursday, November 14, 2019 MINI Maybe Baby - Using Donor Sperm to Build a Family
    Sunday, November 03, 2019 Annual Fall Gathering at Cox Farms
    Friday, November 01, 2019 GREAT WOLF LODGE WEEKEND
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 Rainbow Families Halloween Party 2019
    Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Foster Care & Adoption ABCs
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 Pride Night - GW Womens Volleyball
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 Howard County Area Meet-up/Play-date
    Friday, October 11, 2019 Family Activities - National Coming Out Day
    Friday, October 04, 2019 Family Camp Weekend 2019
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 Conception / Family Planning Support Group
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 Maybe Baby Fall 2019
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 Pregnancy / New Parent Support Group
    Sunday, September 15, 2019 Playdate in Howard County
    Friday, September 13, 2019 DISCOUNT NATIONALS TICKETS!
    Sunday, September 08, 2019 Annual Picnic at Hillwood Estate
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Playdate in Arlington
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Building Your Child's Confidence
    Saturday, September 07, 2019 Redefining Discipline - A No Gimmicks Guide
    Saturday, August 24, 2019 Cat In the Hat at Adventure Theater
    Saturday, August 24, 2019 Playdate at Cox Farms
    Saturday, July 27, 2019 Summer Picnic in Howard County
    Sunday, July 07, 2019 Free Nats Tickets for Rainbow Families!
    Saturday, June 29, 2019 Celebrate PRIDE with the Mystics!
    Sunday, June 09, 2019 Rainbow Families FESTIVAL FAMILY AREA
    Saturday, June 08, 2019 Walk with Rainbow Families at the Pride Parade!
    Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Family Outing to the Nationals
    Sunday, May 05, 2019 Gay Day at the Zoo
    Saturday, May 04, 2019 2019 Family Conference
    Friday, April 26, 2019 Tot Shabbat for Families with Small Kids
    Saturday, April 06, 2019 Adventure Theatre - Winnie the Pooh! Outing & Potluck
    Saturday, March 16, 2019 4th Annual I Am Brave Summit
    Saturday, March 09, 2019 Discount: Huck Finn's BIG RIVER
    Friday, March 08, 2019 Foster & Foster-to-Adopt Info
    Sunday, March 03, 2019 Maybe Baby Spring 2019
    Saturday, March 02, 2019 KidSave - "Host a Child This Summer" Info Session
    Monday, February 25, 2019 Questions on Adoption?
    Sunday, February 10, 2019 WE HEART VALENTINES - COOKING CLASS
    Saturday, February 09, 2019 Rainbow Families FAMILY DANCE! 2019
    Monday, January 21, 2019 Rainbow Families Playgroup/Exercise Fun!
    Sunday, January 20, 2019 Conception / Family Planning Support Group
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 LGBTQ Open House at Sidwell Friends School
    Sunday, December 09, 2018 DSRF Meet Up (Divorced/Separated Rainbow Families)
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Adoption Information Night
    Monday, November 26, 2018 Drag Story Hour w/ Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul's Drag Race
    Saturday, November 03, 2018 Cox Farms Pumpkin Madness 2018
    Monday, October 29, 2018 Georgetown Day School LGBTQ+ Open House
    Friday, October 05, 2018 Family Camp Weekend
    Sunday, September 09, 2018 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    Sunday, June 10, 2018 Capital Pride Festival - Booth Volunteers Needed!
    Saturday, June 09, 2018 Capital Pride Parade - Rainbow Families!
    Sunday, May 20, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Sunday, May 20, 2018 Family Outing to the Nationals
    Sunday, May 20, 2018 Adventure Theatre Family Outing & Potluck
    Saturday, May 19, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, May 06, 2018 Gay Day at the Zoo - Family Meet-Up
    Saturday, May 05, 2018 2018 Family Conference & Gathering
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, April 15, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 Howard County Area Playground Meetup
    Saturday, April 07, 2018 Charles County Area LGBTQ+ Family Meetup
    Saturday, March 24, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, March 18, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 Rainbow Families Potluck & Gathering - Baltimore/Central Maryland
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 Adventure Theatre Family Outing & Potluck
    Saturday, February 24, 2018 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    Sunday, February 18, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Sunday, February 04, 2018 Adoption Support Group
    Sunday, February 04, 2018 Maybe Baby Spring 2018
    Saturday, February 03, 2018 Charles County Area LGBTQ+ Family Meetup
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, January 21, 2018 Pregnancy Support Group
    Sunday, December 17, 2017 I Have a Little Dreidel: An LGBTQ Family Chanukah Celebration
    Saturday, December 02, 2017 Adventure Theatre - Frosty the Snowman: Holiday Outing & Potluck
    Friday, November 10, 2017 Family Camp Weekend
    Sunday, November 05, 2017 Family Outing to Cox Farms
    Sunday, October 29, 2017 Rainbow Families Halloween Party
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Fairfax Co., VA
    Sunday, September 24, 2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, September 17, 2017 Maybe Baby Fall 2017
    Sunday, September 10, 2017 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    Sunday, August 27, 2017 Back-to-School Family Outing to the Nationals
    Saturday, August 12, 2017 Disney Brunch: An ICWDC Benefit for Rainbow Families
    Saturday, August 05, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church
    Saturday, August 05, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Washington, DC
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Bethesda)
    Saturday, July 15, 2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Monday, June 26, 2017 Family Outing: Bethesda Big Train Baseball Game
    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Family Outing: Night OUT at the Nationals
    Saturday, June 10, 2017 Capital Pride Parade - March with Rainbow Families!
    Saturday, June 10, 2017 Capital Pride Parade Family Viewing Area
    Tuesday, June 06, 2017 Rainbow Family Story Time
    Sunday, June 04, 2017 Sunday LGBTQ Roller Skating Youth Edition
    Saturday, May 27, 2017 New & Expectant Parent Potluck
    Sunday, May 07, 2017 Gay Day at the Zoo - Lunch Meet-Up for Families
    Saturday, March 04, 2017 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    Sunday, February 19, 2017 Maybe Baby Spring 2017
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Before I Do.... with Elizabeth Schwartz and Martha M. Ertman
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Alexandria/Arlington/Falls Church
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Prince Georges Co., MD (Bowie)
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Prince Georges Co., MD (Laurel)
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Fairfax Co., VA
    Saturday, February 04, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Washington, DC
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Bethesda)
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 Playdates & Playmates - Montgomery County, MD (Gaithersburg)
    Sunday, December 18, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, December 04, 2016 Adoption Support Group
    Sunday, November 20, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 Adoption Information Night
    Saturday, November 05, 2016 Family Outing to Cox Farms
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 Family & Friends Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg
    Sunday, October 16, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Friday, October 14, 2016 Family Camp Weekend
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, September 25, 2016 Maybe Baby Fall 2016
    Saturday, September 24, 2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Sunday, September 11, 2016 Family Picnic at Hillwood
    Sunday, August 21, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Monday, July 25, 2016 Family Week DMV Regional Gathering
    Saturday, July 23, 2016 Family Week 2016 in Provincetown
    Thursday, July 21, 2016 Loves Conquers Hate: Family Roller Skate Night
    Sunday, July 17, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Saturday, July 16, 2016 A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes: Disney Themed Drag Show
    Saturday, July 09, 2016 Adventure Theatre - Jumanji
    Sunday, June 26, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Saturday, June 25, 2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Friday, June 24, 2016 CAMP Rehobeth Family PRIDE Camp 2016
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 Night OUT at the Nationals
    Sunday, June 12, 2016 Capital Pride Festival
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 Capital Pride Parade
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 Capital Pride Parade Family Viewing Area
    Wednesday, June 08, 2016 Honest Talk About Race & Adoption
    Sunday, May 29, 2016 Adventure Theatre - Emperor's Nightingale
    Thursday, May 26, 2016 Family Outing to the Nationals
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, May 15, 2016 Maybe Baby Spring 2016
    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Rainbow Families Board of Directors Meeting
    Saturday, April 30, 2016 2016 Biennial Family Conference & Gathering
    Sunday, April 17, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, March 20, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, March 13, 2016 Rainbow Families Conference Planning Meeting
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Sunday, February 21, 2016 Rainbow Families Conference Planning Meeting
    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Rainbow Families Board of Directors Meeting
    Saturday, February 06, 2016 Rainbow Families Family Dance
    Saturday, January 30, 2016 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Sunday, January 24, 2016 Conception Support Group
    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 RFDC Board of Directors Meeting
    Saturday, September 26, 2015 Montgomery County, MD Playgroup
    Sunday, September 20, 2015 Maybe Baby Fall Class
    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 RFDC Board of Directors Meeting


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