Parenting and Family Resources, LGBT2SQ Communities

  • The LGBT2SQ Parenting and Family Resources Program at Sherbourne Health provides information, resources, and referrals for queer and trans folks looking to grow their families, LGBT2SQ families, and gender-expansive kids and youth. Our goal is to make access to information, programs, and services more readily available to all members of our diverse communities. We offer support in relation to:

    • Queer and trans family planning
    • Gender-affirming parenting
    • Social support programs
    • And much more…

    Whether you’re a member of the LGBT2SQ community or seeking information to support an LGBT2SQ friend or family member, we’re here to help! You can reach out to our Family Resource Worker for more information: familyresources@sherbourne.on.ca.


    Upcoming Programming

    Queer/Trans Family Planning Course

    The Queer/Trans Family Planning Course is an 8-week online, closed-group course for LGBT2SQ folks interested in learning about options for growing their family in a community-oriented space. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the practical, emotional, social, and legal issues related to queer and trans family-making in the Ontario context. The course will provide an introductory overview of options for fertility and donors, surrogacy, permanency, adoption, fostering, and family through community, and explore topics such as family models, navigating legal and healthcare systems, family advocacy, and the transition to parenthood. The course will be offered three times a year, in the Winter, Spring and Fall. Limited spaces available.

    Registration is now closed for the Winter course.

    Dates and registration details for the Spring course will be available in April 2022.

    For further information or questions, please email familyresources@sherbourne.on.ca.

    Queer/Trans Family Planning Workshop Series

    The Queer/Trans Family Planning workshop series is intended for LGBT2SQ folks who are interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding on specific topics related to queer and trans family planning. The workshops are intended to be taken either in tandem with the Queer/Trans Family Planning Course or as stand-alone workshops. The workshop series will be offered three times a year, in the Winter, Spring and Fall. Topics covered may vary.

    Upcoming Workshops:

    February 2, 2022 – Fertility and Getting Pregnant

    This workshop will focus on answering common questions that come up for LGBT2SQ folks interested in having a child through pregnancy. Dr. Marjorie Dixon, CEO and Medical Director of Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, and Dara Roth Edney, Reproductive Counsellor and Founder of Informed Fertility, will join us to discuss things to consider when you’re beginning your fertility journey, various options for fertility treatments, and what to expect throughout the fertility process. Please forward any questions you have for our guest speakers to familyresources@sherbourne.on.ca prior to the workshop.

    Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsceiorTguGNSW6GIDfM9RZjy1d3XtazKy

    February 9, 2022 – Using Donor Sperm and/or Eggs

    This workshop will focus on gaining a better understanding about existing considerations, options, and legalities for using donor sperm, eggs and/or embryos in the context of Ontario. Michelle Flowerday, founder of Flowerday Fertility Law and Fertility and Surrogacy Lawyer, will join us to discuss the processes involved in using an anonymous or known donor, including the costs, obligations, and legalities for both donors and intended parents. Please forward any questions you have for our guest speaker to familyresources@sherbourne.on.ca prior to the workshop.

    Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudeqhrT0rH92tnnWPZb3kLQVa26OifK5l

    February 16, 2022 – Surrogacy

    This workshop will focus on answering common questions that come up for LGBT2SQ folks interested in having a child through surrogacy. Sara Cohen, founder of Fertility Law Canada and Fertility Lawyer, will join us to discuss the various steps involved in the surrogacy process, consideration for costs and timelines, and the legalities around payment and reimbursement as well as parentage and birth registration. Please forward any questions you have for our guest speaker to familyresources@sherbourne.on.ca prior to the workshop.

    Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uf-Chqz8rG9e889Vr9xoSVXABuqv-_hsk

    February 23, 2022 – Adoption

    This workshop will focus on providing a comprehensive overview of the different types of adoption. The Adoption Council of Ontario will be joining us to facilitate their “How to Adopt” webinar covering private, public and international adoption processes, as well as information on the homestudy and education process necessary to become eligible to adopt in Ontario. Please forward any questions you have for our guest speakers to familyresources@sherbourne.on.ca prior to the workshop.

    Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkcuCsrzwvG9d2LVlM1kuEDRE0PmgnjXmc