With the increase in traumatic backgrounds, coupled with continued experiences of discrimination, many affectional and gender minorities find the transition to parenthood to be difficult. Affectional and gender minority parents find it tough to rely on social support. Practitioners need to understand the current state of affectional and gender minority parenting and the various relationship dynamics that are affected. Once an affectional or gender minority couple have a child, it appears that they tend to experience more burdens associated with family life than heterosexual and cisgender couples. Many affectional and gender minority couples with children are twice as likely to be living in poverty as different-sex couples, despite their higher levels of education, as well as experience higher rates of unemployment. Furthermore, affectional and gender minority families face struggles when advocating for their children in the school setting, seeking appropriate medical care for their children, developing and defining their roles as parents, dividing childcare, and housework. This presentation will highlight the struggles of affectional and gender diverse families, as well as provide strategies and skills to support them. Also, this presentation will provide resources to support practitioners in increasing their competence and providing ethical support to affectional and gender minority parents.
- Understand the multiple cultural identities of parents who identify as affectional and gender minorities
- Discuss how past relationships and familial traumatic experiences, feelings of oppression, and privilege shape the development as a person and as a parent
- Provide strategies for supporting affectional and gender diverse families