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Mission: Fortunate Families serves as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. We promote and facilitate personal, meaningful, and respectful conversation, especially within our parishes and with our pastors and bishops. We stress the significance of our personal stories as a source of grace within our families and as a witness for justice in our civic and faith communities. We hold fast to the truth that our children are, in the words of the United States bishops, “child[ren] of God, gifted and called for a purpose in God’s design.” (Always our Children 1997-1998)

Target demographics: We are Catholic parents with LGBT children supporting others like us to affirm, celebrate and seek equality for our families. Our faith journey calls us to strive for justice for all our children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 parents

Geographic areas served: all areas

Programs: Listening Parents: Parents who will volunteered to listen to and share their personal experience with other parents. Parent Gatherings: Days of reflection, prayer and sharing of our stories with other parents to get to know each other and provide mutual support in our parishes and dioceses.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with this group a few years ago. We reach out to parents of lgbt kids and others like us who believe that our children should enjoy the same rights and benefits as their straight sibs. We listen to parents who are going thru the "coming out" process and we share our stories with others in hopes of creating a change of heart. There are times when only someone who has been there can really help....and that is what we try to do!!! When parents become more accepting their kids have a better chance at a healthy life!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fortunate Families is a group of Catholic parents with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children supporting others like us to affirm, celebrate and seek equality for our families. Our faith journey calls us to strive for justice for all our children. As a Catholic parent with two gay children, I have found a wonderful and thoughtful support system within the members of Fortunate Families. It's such a relief to be in the presence of other Catholics who accept their LGBT children for who they are! The individual presence of compassionate members as well as the newsletter, website and listening parents have been a tremedous help to me. The Fortunate Families members listen to parents, help one another love and listen to our children, help parents conect to each other and find the resources for their journey of acceptance and love, and, finally, help parents use their voices to transform the Church and society.