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Families in TRANSition (FIT) is a 10-week, closed group for parents/caregivers of trans and gender-questioning youth (age 13 – 21) who have recently learned of their child’s gender identity.

Overview

This group runs twice a year, for ten weeks, on Monday evenings. The next group will run from late October 2016– January 2017, with a break in December. An in-person intake is required.

CTYS is wheelchair accessible, and TTC tokens are available to parents who require them.

Participants will be supported to:

  • Gain tools and knowledge to help improve communication and strengthen their relationship with their youth
  • Learn about social, legal and physical transition options
  • Strengthen skills for managing strong emotions (fear, sadness, worry, etc.)
  • Explore societal/cultural/religious beliefs that impact trans youth and their families
  • Build skills to support their youth and family when facing discrimination/transphobia/transmisogyny
  • Promote youth mental health and resilience

Contact

For more information, or to register, please contact group facilitator

Lindsay Elin, MSW, RSW – lindsay.elin@ctys.org – 416-924-2100 ext 278

Files

Download past FIT Group Poster

Recent Families in TRANSition group participants…

“As the group progressed I just felt a little more on solid ground. The more we learned…and opened up new perspectives, I felt a bit more confident and that helped when I was talking to my son. So when I’m face-to-face with him, I feel better about asking him what’s happening because I’m gaining confidence and feel perhaps I can be of assistance.”

“Over the course of the group I noticed changes in my behaviour and my language… But I noticed changes in my kid as well. They are telling me a bit more…and we have moved through some of the [social transition] steps together. I think me coming to the group helped them feel more confident to come out.”

“I feel like I’m more of an advocate for my child whereas before I didn’t know where it was appropriate to step in and [where it] was appropriate to be respectful, allowing my child to take the lead. But this whole process has opened up communication between us.”