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LGBT Services

In the early to mid 1980s, as gay men in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere began feeling the devastating effects of AIDS, JFCS responded with great care and urgency, establishing the first AIDS service under Jewish auspices in the country. Over the last quarter century, this service has touched the lives of hundreds of HIV-positive men and women—as well as their loved ones.

A few years later, while the public and elected officials continued to debate the merits of adoptions by LGBT families, JFCS’ Adoption Connection became one of the first services in the country to help them become parents. Since its inception in 1985, Adoption Connection has remained a national leader in expanding the meaning of family, helping hundreds of LGBT families experience the joys of parenthood.

Services Offered

Today, JFCS continues to reach out with programs geared specifically to meet the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community’s needs.

  • Adoption and post-adoption services
  • Services for people with HIV
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Counseling services for LGBT individuals, couples, and families—with special outreach to the elderly.

Our clinical staff possesses the skills, experience, and sensitivity to work with those who are dealing with issues and concerns relating to sexual orientation and identity. Our clinicians include a number of LGBT-identified professionals.

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It Takes a Village
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The child of gay parents, Sophie Macks shows the result of the love coming her way from the community of support her parents created around her.

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Living with HIV
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Read about one gay Jewish man who has lived with HIV for decades.


Mia Freund Walker, ACSW, Clinical Case Manager; 415-449-1214; 


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