From: Aaron Abrams, Clackamas County, Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services, 503-655-8752 10-29-12

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County sponsoring conference on family caregiving for LGBT families

The Clackamas County Social Services Family Caregiver Support Program in conjunction with Gay and Grey, The LGBT Health coalition of the Columbia-Willamette, Cascade Aids Project, and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is sponsoring a conference on the unique challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families in caring for loved ones serious or chronic medical conditions.

The conference, called Caregiving Challenges for the LGBT Families - Unique Facets of the Caregiving Journey, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Willamette Room of the West End Building located at 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego, OR, 97035.

Caring for loved ones is challenging. Those who provide or manage the care of someone with a serious or chronic illness may feel emotional distress and physical strain.  Caregivers can experience financial difficulties and find it hard or frustrating to coordinate care.  Caregiving also offers many rewards.  These rewards include the affirmation of love and respect between the caregiver and person being cared for. 

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) – whether they are caregivers or the ones in need of care – may encounter special challenges. Family caregivers may be part of the patient’s “family of origin” or “family of choice.” This conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the challenges, as well as the resources available to help in our county.

The conference is free of charge.  To register, please call Shelli Johansen at 503-650-5779, or email her at

For more information contact Mary Ann Hard, Clackamas County Social Services at 503-650-5724 or via email at