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:

Wednesday, May 16, 6:30 pm

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 mental health provider, a rabbi, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more!   Before and after the panel, there will be 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.

Past Programs

These programs will be offered again in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.  Check back here soon for dates and registration! Email Miriam if you have ideas for other programs you would like us to offer.  

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

Pregnancy Loss Support

  • Pregancy After Loss Group (free monthly support groups for women who have experienced a perinatal loss and are currently pregnant)

Adoption and Foster Care

Support within the LGBTQ Community

Support within the Jewish Community

  • The Red Stone (local Jewish emotional/spiritual support, financial and  educational resources)
  • 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