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Small "Social & Support" Groups

The LMNetwork has a variety of groups to meet a variety of needs in our community. If you are interested in joining or starting a small group, please contact our LMN Small Group Coordinator, Pam Burke, at burkssn@yahoo.com. Pam can assist you in organizing a new group or getting connected to an already existing group. The following groups are already meeting on a regular basis or are newly forming in our area.

Trying To Conceive Group

This is currently a newly forming group for LMN members who are in the beginning stages of becoming pregnant and starting a family. This group meets monthly and has its own e-mail loop. This group is currently open for membership. Please contact Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com to be added to their e-mail loop.

Solo Parenting Moms

This group is for single lesbian mothers by choice and by chance and their children to provide social support and activities for their families. Please contact Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com for more information and to be added to their email loop.

Mothers of Older Kids (MOOK)

This is a long-standing LMN group for moms of older kids. Everyone is welcome in our group, regardless of their age or the age of their kids. Some of the members were married in the past and still deal with issues of shared custody and ex-husbands. The group generally meets for brunch on the first Sunday of the month. This group meets without children. Please contact Carol at fina2105@aol.com for more information.

Transracial Families Group

This is a group for tranracial families and families of color. Moms have a chance to talk about issues of diversity and kids get to interact with families that look like theirs. This group meets monthly and has its own e-mail loop. Please contact Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com for more information and to be added to their e-mail loop.

COLAGE - Ann Arbor (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere)

The COLAGE-Ann Arbor group was started to provide a social and support forum for school-aged children. We run 3 distinct groups, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. Each group has unique programming, and various merged events. The teen group serves as mentors to the younger groups. COLAGE National Board member, and local Teen Representative, Janet, coordinates local activities, with support from the Lesbian Moms' Network. Please contact Julie Stetten at jstetten@umich.edu for more information.

Lesbians without Custody

This is currently a newly forming group for "lesbian moms who have lost access, visitation or custody of their kids and want support, understanding, and strategizing about that loss". Please contact Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com and she can direct you to the e-mail announcing this group. This group is currently open for membership, but will close in a few months.

Metro Detroit Group

This is a group of families (gay, bisexual, transgendered, lesbian, and allies) that got connected via LMN, but live in the Metro Detroit area. They usually meet the 4th Sunday of the month at 11:30am at various locations throughout the Metro Detroit area. New families are always welcome. Please contact Lisa at lisamalburg@comcast.net for more information and to be added to the GBTLA Metro Families Network email loop.

LMN-GLBTA Families Network Playgroup

This playgroup meets in the Ann Arbor area on the third Sunday morning of every month. All families welcome. Please contact Marlowe at bsheart@gmail.com for more information.

Weekday Playgroup

This playgroup is on hold for the winter months, but will resume when the weather warms up.

Inactive Small Groups

Divorced or Separated Moms

This is a group of women who are divorced or separated from their lesbian partners. This group has been very successful in the past. Currently, there is not a group meeting, but surely could be reactivated if there is a need. Please contact Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining.

International Adoption Group

Please e-mail Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining or starting this group.

Social Events

A few times each year, we organize activities (picnics, pizza nights, hayrides, athletic events, zoo trips, etc.) for the whole LMN and any friends. If you have an idea for an event, or would like to be involved in planning one, contact Pam at burkssn@yahoo.com or Kelly at kahammill@yahoo.com. The events are announced on the private LMN YahooGroup List.