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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)


    • 18 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    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 uses music and art to focus on emotions in music. We will be focusing on music listening and discussing how colors can be associated with music and how those colors can be associated with different emotions. The music therapist will lead you through a creative music listening experience so you will need coloring materials and a blank sheet of paper. 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 art-focused 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 for adults only and will not be recorded.

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

    • 30 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    Have constant back talking, frequent tantrums, and being holed up at home more often made it tough for you to maintain a sense of calm? Have frequent meltdowns become more the norm and you find yourself losing control? Do your kids push your buttons until you explode? Join Lisa Ruman, LISW, CHt, of The Child & Family Counseling Center of Westlake as she addresses one of our most popular topics, how to stay calm even when you are angry or frustrated by your child’s behaviors. You will learn six techniques to help you stay calm in the face of adversity. The article we will be discussing is "Remaining Calm in the Face of Chaos".

    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 for adults only and will not be recorded. 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.

    • 31 Mar 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    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 non traditional understandings of gender identity and the effects our responses can have on children who are gender expansive. We will discuss this article from the Washington Post.

    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 a safe space and will not be recorded.

    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    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 focuses on coping with seasons of stress and difficult times both at home and in society. Come and connect with other families as we use music to cope with our ever-present struggles. Attendees will listen to live music and engage in discussions, group songwriting and other fun 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 for adults only and will not be recorded.


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

    • 29 Apr 2021
    • 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    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 Kelsey Jager, Ph.D., LPCC-S, of Kenneth A DeLuca & Associates as she facilitates this private session to help deal with feelings of overwhelming worry and stress. Dr. Jager will lead the group in a self-compassion meditation.

    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 a safe space and will not be recorded.

    Register and we will send you a free pocket mirror! *One mirror per household*

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


    • 18 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    Register

    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 the community of other families to discuss gender nonconformity. This month our presenters will explore how to be an advocate for your child and prepare for difficult conversations and situations with others. This program will provide talking points and strategies for talking to others with patience and compassion.

    We will also discuss the article titled, "Talking to Grandparents and Other Adult Family Members". 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.

    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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