Families in TRANSition (FIT) is a 10-week, closed group for parents/caregivers of trans and gender-questioning youth (age 13 – 21) who have recently learned of their child’s gender identity.
Participants will be supported to:
- Gain tools and knowledge to help improve communication and strengthen their relationship with their youth
- Learn about social, legal and physical transition options
- Strengthen skills for managing strong emotions (fear, sadness, worry, etc.)
- Explore societal/cultural/religious beliefs that impact trans youth and their families
- Build skills to support their youth and family when facing discrimination/transphobia/transmisogyny
- Promote youth mental health and resilience
This group runs twice a year, for ten weeks, on Monday evenings. The next group will run from late October 2016– January 2017, with a break in December. An in-person intake is required.
CTYS is wheelchair accessible, and TTC tokens are available to parents who require them.
For more information, or to register, please contact group facilitator Lindsay Elin, MSW, RSW at 416-924-2100 ext 278 firstname.lastname@example.org
Download past FIT Group Poster
In the words of recent Families in TRANSition group participants…
“[As the group progressed] I just felt a little more on solid ground. The more we learned…and opened up new perspectives, I felt a bit more confident and that helped when I was talking to my son. So when I’m face-to-face with him, I feel better about asking him what’s happening because I’m gaining confidence and [feel] perhaps I can be of assistance.”
“[Over the course of the group] I noticed changes in my behaviour and my language… But I noticed changes in my kid as well. They are telling me a bit more…and we have moved through some of the [social transition] steps together. I think me coming to the group helped them feel more confident to come out.”
“I feel like I’m more of an advocate for my child whereas before I didn’t know [where it] was appropriate to step in and [where it] was appropriate to be respectful, allowing my child to take the lead. But this whole process has opened up communication [between us].”