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Saturday, October 3, 2009

FamilyBlendz Training in Florida

On October 3rd, the ACLU of Florida, along with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Family Equality Council, and SAVE Dade, hosted a free training event at the Miami-Dade GLBT Expo that will provide participants with the skills to take a stand against Florida's ban on gay adoption and support litigation challenging Florida's ban by changing the hearts and minds of your friends, neighbors, and communities.

Training participants will learn how to prepare and deliver short talks on gay adoption to local groups they are members of (PTA, etc.), have one-on-one conversations with non-LGBT people, conduct media interviews, and utilize other skills to educate the public and change people's hearts and minds on this critical issue.

There will be separate, age appropriate trainings for adults (ages 18 and up) and teens/tweens (ages 9 to 17). Family Equality Council will provide programming designed for children 2 to 8, which will be offered during the adult and teen/tween trainings. The children's programming focuses on celebrating LGBT and all loving families through arts & crafts, games, stories, and more!

Familyblendz has always believed that training was essential to transitioning minors. They are a delicate balance and therefore require a soft delicate introduction into a familyblend with a same-sex couple. Training is not so much for the couple, but definitely a necessity for the children in the "family-to-be".

Having been born and raised in Miami-Dade County until I moved away for a stint in the U.S. Navy, I applaud Miami in such a big way for opening the door to familyblendz by empowering them through this form of training. Love it, Love it, Love it.