Connecting for Kids


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your child?


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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.

Upcoming events

    • 01 Sep 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 10
    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 lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-864-2372 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.
    • Parents/caregivers 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 email or call/text Laurie Demchak at
    lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-864-2372 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This will 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.


    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


    • 01 Sep 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: Communicating with Extended Family About a Child Who Struggles

    Do you have a hard time explaining your child's issues to your extended family? When you attend family gatherings do relatives wonder why your child acts the way he or she does? Are family members critical of the treatment options you have chosen or the parenting style you use for your child?

    Join us as we enjoy coffee and discuss ways to communicate with extended family members about a child who struggles.

    We will be discussing this article:

    Tips for Talking to Family about Your Child's Autism Diagnosis

    Please Note: Even though this article was written for those with an autism diagnosis, the tips are applicable to any family.

    To register for child care: CFK Coffee and Chat - Communicating With Extended Family About a Child Who Struggles: Child Care Registration.

    About Coffee and Chat:

    Join us as we discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker; however, the group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional.

    Free child care is available, but a separate child care registration (in addition to an adult registration) is required.

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


    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


    • 06 Oct 2015
    • 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Dover Room
    • 17
    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 lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-864-2372 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.
    • Parents/caregivers 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 email or call/text Laurie Demchak at
    lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-864-2372 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This will 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.

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


    • 06 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: Beyond Roughhousing: A Dad's Role in Raising a Child Who Struggles

    What are some ways a dad of a child with special needs can help his family and child? Join us as we enjoy coffee and discuss the five tips offered in the article:

    5 Ways to Be a Pretty Good Special Needs Dad and Husband

    To register for child care: CFK Coffee and Chat - Beyond Roughhousing: A Dad's Role In Raising a Child Who Struggles: Child Care Registration.

    About Coffee and Chat:

    Join us as we discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker; however, the group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional.

    Free child care is available, but a separate child care registration (in addition to an adult registration) is required.

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

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


    • 01 Dec 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 lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or call/text 440-864-2372 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.
    • Parents/caregivers 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 email or call/text Laurie Demchak at
    lauriedemchak@connectingforkids.org or 440-864-2372 (including the day of the program) if you are unable to attend.  This will 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.

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


    • 01 Dec 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Westlake Porter Public Library, Porter Room
    Topic: Spiritual Connection: You Are Not Alone

    Join us as we enjoy coffee and discuss the spiritual connection in raising a child who struggles.

    The article we will discuss has yet to be determined but this talk will not have any specific religious foundation and is open to all people, of all faiths, including people without any specific faith.

    To register for child care: CFK Coffee and Chat - Spiritual Connection: You Are Not Alone: Child Care Registration.

    About Coffee and Chat:

    Join us as we discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. For this program we do not invite an expert speaker; however, the group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional.

    Free child care is available, but a separate child care registration (in addition to an adult registration) is required.

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

    Weather Policy

    If the Westlake City School District is closed due to inclement weather, Teach Me to PlaySM, Music Therapy & MoreSM, and child care for all programs will be cancelled.  Parent Discussion Groups and Coffee and Chat for adults will occur unless you receive specific notice from Connecting for Kids.  If the Westlake Porter Public Library is closed for any reason, all Connecting for Kids’ programs will be cancelled that day. Please call/text Laurie Demchak at 440-864-2372 with questions.


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