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Coffee and Chat

Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat

Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles.

Coffee and Chat is for families of children ages 0-12 years.

Free, supervised children’s activities are available, but adults and children must register separately.

Translation is also available.

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Locations:
Elyria, Euclid, Middleburg Heights
and Westlake
Child Care: Free with Child Registration


Important Notes:

  • Free, supervised children's activities are available with separate child registration. We are able to accommodate children with special concerns. If you have a question about how we would help your child feel comfortable, please call 440-570-5908/para español 440-907-9130 or email info@connectingforkids.org.

Connecting for Kids Program Locations

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Address: West River Branch of Elyria Public Library System, 1194 West River Rd. (map)



Address: Euclid Public Library, 631 E. 222nd St. (map)

Sessions: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.



Address: Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 16699 Bagley Rd. (map)



Address: Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd. (map)


    • 19 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Did the pandemic drastically change your holiday plans? Do you feel tired, worn out and sometimes just plain sad about everything that the pandemic has forced us to miss out on? Join Lisa Ruman, LISW, CHt, of The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake, for this interactive support group via Zoom to meet other families and find encouragement despite the pandemic. Lisa will walk us through how we can use anticipation to cope with stress. This program is a safe space and will not be recorded.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. Register and attend this program and earn a free journal!

    This program is presented in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library. 

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.

    • 21 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register
    This program is open to any caregiver who needs support during this pandemic, regardless of how much their child is struggling. Has this new year come with any new changes or routines? Are you having a hard time coping with these changes? This month, the music therapist will present to you a song about change then, lead you through several music experiences that will allow you to externalize feelings about change, process those feelings and find new ways to cope with change. Come and connect with other families as we use music to cope with our ever-present struggles. Attendees will listen to live music, access their creative side with songwriting and leave the group with new and positive ways to cope with change.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is supported by a grant from the Nordson Corporation Foundation. This program is for adults only and will not be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, this program is only open to residents of Greater Cleveland.

    • 26 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    Connecting for Kids provides families with resources so they can make an informed decision for their child.

    Is your child questioning gender identity or sexual orientation? As a caregiver or family member, how can you be supportive and affirming? Join Kristen Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, and Lisa Pepera, MEd, LPCC-S, of Colors+, as well as other families to discuss gender nonconformity. This month our presenters will explore the journey of emotions had by many parents of children who come out as LGBTQ+.

    This program will teach you how to recognize your own emotions but still support your child. We will also discuss the article titled, "You Can Grieve and Support Your Child."

    Register and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. This program is a safe space and will not be recorded.

    • 16 Feb 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    Register

    This program is open to any caregiver who needs support during this pandemic, regardless of how much their child is struggling. Join us this month as the music therapist presents a song all about fighting through what feels like never-ending struggles. We will work together to figure out what tools, resources and types of support we need in our fight to keep going. The music therapist will lead you through a lyric discussion and other music experiences that will help with identifying these things. Come and connect with other families as we use music to cope with our ever-present struggles. Attendees will listen to live music and access their creative side during several music experiences. Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number.

    This program is supported by a grant from the Nordson Corporation Foundation. This program is for adults only and will not be recorded.

    Due to grant funding, this program is only open to residents of Greater Cleveland.

    • 23 Feb 2021
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EST)
    Register

    As the pandemic continues, families of children with complex needs are feeling exhausted. Lack of respite care, overwhelming day-to-day responsibilities caring for their child and behavior issues are taking their toll. Worry over skill regression and keeping a medically-fragile child healthy are other concerns these families are facing. This monthly group is a way for families to share their struggles, challenges and encourage one another. Join Sarah Saunders, MA, LPCC, of Purposeful Growth & Wellness as she facilitates this private session to help deal with feelings of overwhelming worry and stress.

    Register using the link below and you will be emailed information about how to join the program using the free Zoom app or by calling in using a toll-free number. Register and attend this program to earn a free anti-stress comfort wrap!

    This program is a safe space and will not be recorded. *One wrap per household*

    Due to grant funding, programs are open to residents of the Greater Cleveland area.


Call, text or email:

Phone: 1-440-570-5908
Español: 1-440-907-9130
Email: info@connectingforkids.org

Address:

P.O. Box 45372
Westlake, Ohio 44145

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