Family Building:
Programs for the Journey to Parenthood

The Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center helps people on the path to parenthood find information, connections, and community in what is often an isolating and overwhelming process.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of all abilities -- all are welcome to take advantage of our programming and resources.


Upcoming Programs:

We have no upcoming programs scheduled at the moment, but check back here soon!

News about our Renovation
The Edlavitch DCJCC is planning a major renovation of our building, beginning in the fall of 2018, with completion by September of 2019.  The renovation will enhance the Center as a whole and will bring some very exciting changes and improvements to our early childhood programs.  During the renovation period, our entire building will be closed.  While our programming calendar will be more limited than usual during this time, we will be offering a few parent workshops and family building programs in other locations around the neighborhood.  Stay tuned for updates!

Past Programs

These programs will be offered again.  Check back here soon for dates and registration! Email Miriam if you have ideas for other programs you would like us to offer.

Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive? Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, a representative from the foster care system, and more! Before and after the panel, there will be a resource fair with additional experts and time for informal connecting and community building.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish -- are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions -- and plug in for support.

Please join us for an informal discussion about various paths to adopting a child.  Hear from an adoption lawyer, an adoption agency representative, and parents who have gone through it successfully.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish -- are all warmly welcomed.  Come with questions!


Many women experience ongoing emotional and physical challenges following a pregnancy loss, and are often not afforded the time and space to process the experience.   This workshop is designed to help you connect with your emotional and physical self after pregnancy loss. Our time together will consist of gentle movement, journaling, guided visualization, discussion, and mindfulness, all aimed at helping you to integrate the experience of loss, feel greater ease within your body, and find support and community.  Led by Emma Basch, licensed clinical psychologist, and Manisha Tare, occupational therapist and yoga teacher.   


The Edlavitch DCJCC does not sponsor the organizations listed below.  They are provided here for informational purposes only. 

Peer Support:
Email Miriam if you want to be connected to others who have gone through or are currently dealing with similar experiences, whether fertility issues, pregnancy or infant loss, the adoption process, or anything else.  All emails will be kept strictly confidential. 

Legal Services for Family Building:

Fertility Clinics in the DC Area:

Fertility Support (local and national)

Mental Health and Wellness

Pregnancy Loss Support

  • Pregancy After Loss Group (free monthly support groups for women who have experienced a perinatal loss and are currently pregnant)
  • Emma Basch (licensed clinical psychologist specializing in pregnancy, the postpartum period, and perinatal loss)
  • Falling Leaf Wellness (mind-body-spirit integration to support fertility, pregnancy loss, prenatal, and postnatal periods)

Adoption and Foster Care

Post-Adoption Services

Support specifically within the LGBTQ Community

Support within the Jewish Community

  • Hasidah (national organization to increase awareness and provide support for infertility in the Jewish community)
  • Uprooted (Jewish communal response to fertility journeys)
  • Yesh Tikva (resources and awareness in the Jewish community)
  • Hebrew Free Loan Association (interest-free loans for fertility and adoption costs)
  • Adas Israel Community Mikvah (Jewish Ritual Bath frequently used for rituals when trying to conceive, undergoing IVF, or converting an adopted child)

Articles and Podcasts

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Miriam Szubin
Director of the Parenting Center
(202) 777-3263