For Parents

Our parent support group, Thrive, is for parents* of LGBTQ+ teens. This adult only group provides a confidential space for parents to share their stories, find commonalities, and get some of their questions answered.


Please Note: Due to shelter-in-place orders, Thrive parent groups are meeting online only. Please contact Maggie Dix at for information.

Youth Outlook operates two Thrive parent support groups:

Thrive Naperville meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville (1828 Old Naperville Road).  This group meets concurrently with our Transcend Drop-In.

Thrive Palatine meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Countryside Unitarian Church in Palatine (1025 N. Smith St.) Parents of transgender youth have found this community particularly helpful. Because we provide safe, confidential space for parents to discuss personal topics in an open manner with each other, babies and children cannot be present during group. Grandparents and other relatives have a different role with our kids and we are happy to offer other resources such as PFLAG for extended family members. Please read the Thrive Parent Support Group guidelines for more information. Parent Support Group Guidelines

What to expect:

  • connection with fellow parents through shared experiences
  • support and empowerment from caring, trained staff and fellow parents
  • resources and education

Prior to your first visit to Thrive, please contact Maggie Dix at

*foster parents, guardians and full time caregivers

Also visit the Community Networks for Professionals Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth for more resources in your area.