GG Supports: Youth Service Systems

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Growing Generations has a firm belief in giving back to the communities we call home. Frequently our staff becomes involved in charitable organizations that impact the communities in which they live. More commonly than not, these organizations provide services or care for families and children. One such organization the Growing Generations is proud to support is The Youth Service System of Wheeling, West Virginia.

The organization was formed from the collaborative effort of social workers, clergy, attorneys, judges, and caring adults who all agreed on one thing: youth represent the future and deserve the most creative and faithful efforts to ensure their needs are met with effective responses.

Together this group form Youth Service System who, now in their 40th year, has directly impacted the lives of more than 25,000 youths in need of food shelter, and professional services.

Today YSS operates two emergency shelters and serves as the only Safe Place program in West Virginia as well as being the only private non-profit juvenile center in the state. YSS also provides in home skill building for parents, a drug and alcohol program for youth, and offers jobs training and employment services to help youth gain independence.

Growing Generations employees based in Growing Generations’ Ohio Valley office, located in Wheeling, West Virginia, are often involved in many of YSS’s larger events including The Wheeling Sleep Out, The Celebrate Youth Festival, and Challenge Wheeling.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 26 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for over two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national Emeritus board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman’s is the author of the upcoming book, Your Future Family: An Essential Guide to Assisted Reproduction (Red Wheel Press 2019). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 35 years. Her two daughters are in college.