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Coffee and Chats



  Location Westlake Porter Public Library
 
Child care? Registration required
RSVP Requested
Cost Free
 

Our bimonthly Coffee and Chats encourage parents and caregivers to meet and discuss an article about parenting a child who struggles (monthly articles and topics are provided on the registration forms below).

We know it can be intimidating to make new friends or join a new group, so our Coffee and Chats are designed to be informal opportunities to come and connect with other parents. Many parents leave these sessions with new ideas and strategies, feeling refreshed and knowing that they are not alone.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is requested (choose from dates/times below). Child care available on a limited basis with child care RSVP.

This program is generously sponsored by The Child and Family Counseling Center of Westlake.

Note: We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please contact us at info@connectingforkids.org


This program is offered in conjunction with the Westlake Porter Public Library and generously supported by a grant from Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library. Coffee and desserts at these events are generously donated by Jennie Lynn's Sweets (a division of Grady's Fine Wines.

Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Ahern Banquet Center, 726 Avon Belden Rd, Avon Lake

    Please support Connecting for Kids at our third annual fundraiser. The event is open to the public and we encourage you to bring neighbors, friends and co-workers. Let's all celebrate our success and help to create a sustainable organization that will be around for a long time.

    The event will feature a silent auction, grand raffle, DJ, dancing and more! You must be 21 or older to attend this event and we will not be offering childcare.  

    For complete event details, including menu, events, honorees, and grand raffle prizes, see our 2015 Fundraiser Page.

    Connect


     

    • 03 Mar 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 18
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 03 Mar 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: This month's topic is "How to stay calm when the kids are out of control."


    Here is the article "10 steps to stop yelling"  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/peaceful-parents-happy-kids/201302/10-steps-stop-yelling



    About This Event: We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. This program is a combination book/article club and support group. We talk in small and large groups about common joys and concerns about raising children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker, instead we learn from other parents.

    Your child does not need a formal diagnosis for you to attend. The event is free and open to the public.


    • 14 Mar 2015
    • 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 19
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 20 Mar 2015
    • 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 17 Apr 2015
    • 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 19
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 18 Apr 2015
    • 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 29 Apr 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 05 May 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 14
    This event is for child care during the Adult Coffee and Chat. Adults MUST be registered for the coffee and chat CFK: Coffee and Chat: Single Parenting a Child with Special Needs: Adult Registration.

    Free childcare is available on a first-come, first-served basis with registration.

    Every child MUST have a registration. For example, if you are bringing two children you must create two different registrations, one for each child.

    Childcare will be provided in the Dover Room at Westlake Porter Public Library. Parents are expected to do all toileting of children participating in childcare. Parents may not leave the Westlake Porter Public Library during the event. If a child becomes ill and you need to cancel, please call or send a text to 216-570-4326 so parents on the waitlist may attend.   


    • 05 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: This month's topic is "Single Parenting a Child with Special Needs."

    We will discuss two articles: 

    Tips for Single Parents of Children with Special Needs

    http://www.medicalhomeportal.org/living-with-child/taking-care-of-yourself-and-your-family/tips-for-single-parents-of-children-with-special-needs

    Also, "Can a Single Parent of a Child with Special Needs Find Romantic Love too?"

    http://parentingspecialneeds.org/article/220


    To register for childcare: CFK: Coffee and Chat: Child Care registration


    About This Event: We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. This program is a combination book/article club and support group. We talk in small and large groups about common joys and concerns about raising children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker, instead we learn from other parents.

    Your child does not need a formal diagnosis for you to attend. The event is free and open to the public.


    • 09 May 2015
    • 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 15 May 2015
    • 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 19 May 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 20
    This registration is for child care ONLY during this CFK program.  Adults must register for the program separately.

    Child care is free and available on a first come, first served basis.

    Important Notes:
    • Child care is held in the Dover Room of the Westlake Porter Public Library.
    • Registration is required.
    • Every child must have a registration.  For example, if you are bringing two children you must register each child separately.
    • If child care registration is closed, please contact sarahrintamaki@connectingforkids.org or call/text 216-570-4326 to be placed on the waiting list.  We will contact you if there are cancellations.
    • Parents/caregivers are expected to do all toileting of children participating in child care.
    • Parent/caregiver may not leave the library without their child at any time.
    • Due to allergies, no outside food/beverages can be brought into the child care room.
    Cancellation Policy:
    As parents, we understand that things arise last minute and you may not be able to attend the program as planned.  However, we do ask that you please call/text Sarah Rintamaki at 216-570-4326 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This would allow a family on the waiting list to attend and enable us to properly plan for child care as we often rely on volunteers in the child care room to ensure an appropriate adult-to-child ratio.
    • 07 Jul 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: This month's topic is "Coping with Fear of the Future."

    Do you ever fear what your child's future will be? Do you have sleepless nights worrying about if they will ever be independent? Come join us for coffee, desserts and a discussion about how to plan for the future but live in the present.


    To register for childcare: CFK: Coffee and Chat: Child Care registration


    About This Event: We will serve coffee and eat delicious desserts as we laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. This program is a combination book/article club and support group. We talk in small and large groups about common joys and concerns about raising children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker, instead we learn from other parents.

    Your child does not need a formal diagnosis for you to attend. The event is free and open to the public.



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