With the official start of summer comes the start of Philly Family Pride’s Paths to Parenthood series for prospective LGBTQ+ parents! As in past years, this free program is geared toward supporting prospective LGBTQ+ parents as they navigate starting or expanding their families. This year’s series will specifically focus on community-building, conversation, and information and resource sharing.
The first session, an introduction and welcome to the program, will be held Thursday, June 29th at the William Way LGBT Community Center and will be catered by Goldie Falafel. Throughout the rest of the summer, our Paths to Parenthood series will have speakers from local organizations discuss various topics including adoption options, surrogacy, sperm donation, legal considerations, and more. All sessions will have opportunities for questions and will periodically include a panel of current LGBTQ+ parents who are open to sharing their personal stories.
The locations for the first six sessions have been confirmed and are reflected in the schedule below. As more locations are secured, updates will be shared accordingly. In addition to the informational sessions and welcome event, we will be hosting two social mixers throughout the course of the program: a post-session restaurant mixer and an end of the summer party/debrief. Locations to be announced.
We are thrilled to bring this series back again this summer and look forward to seeing everyone soon!
You can find more details about our programs and the session registration links at https://www.philadelphiafamilypride.org/prospective-parent-classes.html
Help us welcome Charlotte Masters (she/her/hers) to the Philadelphia Family Pride team as a summer intern through the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program (BTGCHIP). BTGCHIP is an interdisciplinary program for graduate-level trainees in healthcare and social services which aims to deliver health-related support to community partners across Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
This summer, Charlotte will serve as an organizational support for Philadelphia Family Pride four days a week, focusing on the Paths to Parenthood program for prospective parents and aiding with the growing number of in-person events. Additionally, Charlotte will spend one day per week with other BTGCHIP students in curricular sessions focused on improving healthcare delivery for marginalized populations.
Charlotte is a second-year student at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. She is currently halfway through earning her Master of Social Work with a specialization in health care. This past year, Charlotte worked at the Hospital o the University of Pennsylvania as an intern on the General Medicine unit and, this fall, will serve as an intern with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in their Department of Psychiatry. At Penn, Charlotte plays on the school's club basketball team in the shooting guard position (talk to her about the women's March Madness tournament!).
Charlotte received her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University in 2021. In that time, Charlotte volunteered with Kesem, an international non-profit providing free summer camp and year-round programming for kids whose parents/guardians have or have had cancer. She credits this transformative experience with leading her down the path of social work and driving her passion for holistic, community-centered care.
In between undergrad and graduate school, Charlotte worked as an addictions counselor at an inpatient detox facility in Maryland, earning her Alcohol and Drug Trainee status, leading psychoeducation groups, and managing a caseload of clients. Her interests include interpersonal violence prevention, youth advocacy, and public health. She looks forward to integrating her experiences at Philadelphia Family Pride into her clinical and advocacy work moving forward.
Charlotte grew up in Bethesda, MD with her parents, younger brothers, and dog, Cooper. She currently lives in Graduate Hospital and enjoys hiking, reading, shuffleboard, good movies, and deviled eggs. Charlotte is excited for the summer ahead and is beyond grateful to have the opportunity to work with the incredible organization that is Philadelphia Family Pride! She can be reached at email@example.com.