Families In Transition - Ten Oaks Project

Families in Transition

The Ten Oaks Project is excited to announce a new partnership with Central Toronto Youth Services! We will be working together to offer a Families in Transition group for parents and caregivers of trans, gender diverse, and gender-questioning youth in Ottawa and surrounding areas.

What is families in transition?

The FIT Program is a 10-week group that meets once per week for 2 hours over zoom. The group provides parents with information about gender identity and trans issues, strategies for improving communication and connection with trans/gender questioning young people, and general support in parenting a trans/gender-questioning youth. This group is not psychotherapy, it is educational and not meant to treat any mental health issues.

The FIT group is open to parents of school-aged trans/non-binary/gender-questioning children and youth (ages 5-18), who are new to supporting their child’s gender identity or expression. Exceptions may be possible for parents and caregivers of youth outside this age range if the group is a good fit.  We offer a separate group for children and youth that runs on a different evening (age range may vary depending on interest). If your young person doesn’t want to attend or isn’t able, you (and any co-parents) can still attend the parent group. We ask that participants commit to coming to all the sessions.

how can I register?

Ten Oaks’ intake process will prioritize families in Ottawa and surrounding rural areas. Contact kaeden@tenoaksproject.org if you are looking for support outside of the Ottawa area.

If you are a parent or caregiver interested in participating in or learning more about this program, please fill out the application form below with some brief information about yourself and any co-parents or caregivers who are interested in attending the group with you. The form should take approximately 3 to 5 minutes to complete.

When we receive your application we will contact you to set up an intake phone call. If your youth is interested in attending the youth group, we will contact them directly after your intake is complete.

The Families in Transition Program was developed by Central Toronto Youth Services. Parents and caregivers in Toronto can contact Briar Rose at Central Toronto Youth Services at BriarRose.Thom@ctys.org for information about FIT programs based in Toronto.

For more information or any questions or concerns contact kaeden@tenoaksproject.org.