Programs & Services
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Building Families

The Center Family Project is an initiative of LIGALY and The Long Island LGBT Community Center to support and build strong and healthy LGBT-headed families.

The Center Family Project provides services that focus on:


Parenthood

As LGBT community members, we often face unique challenges to family building and parenthood. At The Network, we understand that it can be intimidating to navigate the process of becoming a parent.

From surrogacy, to alternative insemination, to foster care and adoption, The Network and its organizations help our community members explore all options for becoming a parent while guiding you through the legal and societal challenges that you may face along the way.

Because becoming a parent is a major life change, The Center provides a variety of groups, clinics and workshops designed to support you.

Parenthood support includes:

  • Parenthood planning workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Pro-bono legal and tax clinics
  • Adoption, foster care, alternative insemination/IVF and surrogacy referrals
  • Family Play Days

Family & Relationship Support

At The LGBT​ Network, we provide a wide range of support options for all families. We all face challenges in managing our relationships, and The Network and its organizations are a supportive, uplifting environment where you can find the help and information you need to maintain healthy and happy lives.

Through our CARE program, we provide counseling services to LGBT couples, families, parents and those seeking information about becoming parents. Counseling services are by appointment only, and are provided by licensed social workers.

In addition, we offer groups on topics ranging from starting a family, to support and networking for LGBT-headed families and also parenthood support. In these groups, you will meet others who are traveling the same road, and be able to share information about common experiences and challenges so that you may build your own support network.

Support services include:

  • Group support & networking
  • Couples/relationship counseling
  • Family resource coaching
  • Legal clinics

Couples/relationship counseling and family resource coaching services are also offered on a sliding fee scale.


Long Island LGBT Foster Care Project

We provide support and networking opportunities at The Network, and host weekly trainings at The Center at Bay Shore for current and prospective foster and adoptive parents in collaboration with You Gotta Believe! (YGB), a foster and adoptive parent training and licensing organization.

In addition to education and outreach efforts to LGBT families who are considering becoming foster parents, The Network and its organizaions also provide support and advocacy opportunities for LGBT youth through LIGALY and an internship for young people, 17-24, who have experience with the foster care system. We also offer a group which creates a comfortable environment for LGBT youth in foster care, ages 15+, to come together, learn their rights, express their feelings, find support and achieve their goals.

The Long Island LGBT Foster Care Project offers:

  • Support, networking and training for current and prospective foster parents
  • Training for foster care and social service agency staff
  • Support and advocacy opportunities for LGBT youth with foster care experience
  • Education and outreach encouraging LGBT families to consider becoming foster parents

Family Resources

The Network and its organizations offer both personal and professional family resources including

  • General information about pregnancy
  • Foster care
  • Marriage
  • Insurance enrollment
  • Internships
  • Professional training

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