Workshops & Trainings

COVID-19 note

Since the first week of March 2020, when concerns for community safety became evident to us, we've shifted all our work online for this phase of the pandemic. Over a year later we continue to look forward to phasing in-person programming back in as soon as it's safe for us to offer in-person events. Meanwhile, the descriptions below offer a portrait of the work we do.

Please check our calendar for the numerous online offerings we have in store.

Our workshops & trainings


Topical workshops offer a 1-2 hour, usually interactive opportunity to gather support and resources on both LGBTQ+ specific and general parenting topics in an LGBTQ+ friendly environment.

They're held both at our San Francisco and Oakland offices, and at spaces at partner organizations, all amenable to public transport. Every adult-focussed program includes free childcare and a meal or refreshments for every advanced registrant.

Past workshop topics have included:

  • legal rights and protections for non-traditional families
  • positive parenting practices
  • family-building, including:
    • adoption & foster-to-adoption
    • alternative conception
    • surrogacy
  • DIY second-parent-adoption
  • coming out to your children
  • talking with children about their biological origins
  • child development

In addition to one-time workshops, we also offer multi-week courses in positive parenting.

For many years we've offered Triple P: Positive Parenting Program. For twelve weeks, a small group (usually less than ten participants) is facilitated by extensively trained staff. All curricular material, as well as childcare and a warm meal, is provided as part of the program, which is offered free of charge.

As with all our work, we ask that participants who are able consider donating what they can to enable us to continue to offer these vital resources to those who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them.

Participants in these series find them an invaluable place to build community among fellow parents and caregivers, and an extremely rare, safe space in which to talk about parenting fails and foibles.

The curriculum is evidence-based and focuses on strengthening the parent-child bond, deepening understanding of early childhood social and emotional development, and proactive means by which adults can help teach – or later, coach – young people in developing effective self-regulation.