Family Matters Conference Schedule & Workshops


PFP 7th Annual Family Matters Conference

Schedule and Workshops for LGBTQ Parents and Prospective Parents

October 29, 2016  9:00am – 4:00pm
University of the Sciences, McNeil Science and Technology Center
43rd Street and Woodland Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104

 SCHEDULE:

staceyann_daughterRegistration and Breakfast (8:30am- 9:15am)

Keynote Speaker, Staceyann Chin      (9:15am– 10:15am)

BREAK – (10:15am-10:30am)

Workshop Session I  (10:30am-11:30am)

*LGBTQ Baby Making Options Dr. Jaqueline Gutmann, RMA of Philadelphia, Rebecca Shray from Fairfax Cryobank and TJ Henderson of Surrogacy Services International
A panel of professionals detail the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) options available for LGBTQ prospective parents and the medical considerations for each choice.

Social Justice & the Family: Talking to your kids about activism, protests and issues in the news – Dr. Sophie Fink and Cashanda Eleby, presenters

*On the Journey to Parenthood, Lavonda Handy, presenter
This session is for prospective parents who are currently trying to conceive or waiting to adopt to discuss ways of keeping your relationship healthy, coping strategies and building support structures on your journey to parenthood.

Lavonda Handy, MA is a marriage and family therapist with almost 10 years experience working with children and families dealing with behavioral and adjustment disorders. Advocate for self care through meditation and exercise.

Just Between Dads – Doug Gravier and Josh Freker, presenters
This session offers a facilitated but open format for gay, queer, and trans dads to make connections and share experiences. Even with recent progress, we still live in a world dominated by the idea that kids “need a mom.” Queer dads have unique perspectives and sometimes face challenges in carving out our roles as parents. Come talk about your experiences and hear from others.

“Treat Yourself” Room
Spend an hour in a relaxing, unstructured environment with other parents and prospective parents. We’ll have tea, a coloring station (for adults!), chair massages from Freedom Massage, Yogibo bean bag furniture and plenty of time to decompress.

BREAK (11:30am-11:45am)

Workshop Session II  (11:45am-12:45pm)

Connecting with Your Kids- Greg Hedler, Laura Whitman, Danna Bodenheimer, Inja Coates presenters
Learn different ways to keep connected to your kids and share what works for you with other parents.

Adoption Options – Tiffany Palmer, Gloria Hochman, Meredith Rose presenters
Learn about the adoption options available to LGBTQ parents and prospective parents from a panel of adoption agency employees and adoptive parents.

Becoming a Foster Parent – Yvonne Downey, Turning Points for Children; Christina Jonhson, NET Centers and parent Nicole Molinari
Whether you already have kids or not, come and learn about the process of becoming a foster parent, including information on adopting through the foster care system, needs of LGBTQ youth and adopting adults aging out.

Beyond Marriage EqualityRebecca Levin & Barrett Marshall, attorneys and Joanne Carroll, presenters
Get a legal update from an attorney and a state legislative update from an activist during this informative session.

“Treat Yourself” Room
Spend an hour in a relaxing, unstructured environment with other parents and prospective parents. We’ll have tea, a coloring station (for adults!), chair massages from Freedom Massage, Yogibo bean bag furniture and plenty of time to decompress.

LUNCH (12:45pm-1:45pm)

Suggested seating by affinity group in the campus cafeteria.

Workshop Session III (1:45pm-2:45pm)

How to be a Trans Ally – Linda Hawkins, Andrew Spiers and Joanne Carroll, presenters
Learn the basics of gender identity and expression, dos and don’ts for working toward being an ally for transgender communities and more.

Telling Your Family’s Story – Cashanda Eleby, presenter
Whether you are coming out (again) to your kids’ teachers, talking to your kids about where they are from or managing extended family relationships, we’ll talk about how to best tell your family’s story to the world outside your home. This session is geared more toward families with kids 5 and up. See “Queer Parenting 101” for a similar discussion of issues for new and prospective parents.

Parent Conversation HourDr. Sophie Fink
Participate in a facilitated open discussion with other LGBTQ parents with facilitators

Queer Parenting 101 – Karen Smith, presenter
Becoming a parent is a life changing whirlwind. Books abound on “what to expect when you are expecting” and how to care for yourself and your new child in those first few years. For those of us who build our families in alternative ways or bring our kids into alternative families, there are a whole additional set of considerations and preparations. From providing frameworks for our kids about their queer families, to considerations of adoption, multi-racial families, sperm and egg donations, and living in world that may have difficulty seeing our families, this workshop will be a place for all your questions and concerns. Besides our presenter, the group will support each other by sharing ideas on how they have handled basic issues like what their kids call them, to more sensitive issues of how to talk to homophobic family or pre-schools.

 Karen L. Smith MSS, LCSW is the Founder/Director of Full Living: A Psychotherapy Practice. She speaks nationally on issues related to societal constructs related to gender, diversity and family constellations. A more importantly, she is a queer mom.

“Treat Yourself” Room
Spend an hour in a relaxing, unstructured environment with other parents and prospective parents. We’ll have tea, a coloring station (for adults!), chair massages from Freedom Massage, Yogibo bean bag furniture and plenty of time to decompress.

BREAK (2:45pm-3:00pm)
COLAGE Panel: Voices of People in LGBTQ Families and Conference Closing (3:00pm-4:00pm)
*Indicates session specifically for LGBTQ prospective parents.