Family Matters Conference

Dates: 11/01/2014 Dates: 11/01/2014 Times: 09:00 - 16:00 Location: The Philadelphia School, 2501 Lombard St., Philadelphia

Philadelphia Family Pride will sponsor our 5th Annual Family Matters Conference for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Philadelphia School  located in Center City Philadelphia at 2501 Lombard Street.

This one day event for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents is a great chance to network, share information and get some concrete advice from LGBTQ parents, attorneys and other professionals during workshops and panels. The theme for 2014 is “Technology and the Family” and will cover a wide variety of topics related to how electronics and social media are becoming part of how we connect as an LGBT community and their impact on adults, kids and family units.

Watch for a survey asking for your ideas on specific workshop and discussion topics as well as facilitators and speakers.

The staff of Camp Highlight, an overnight camp for kids of LGBTQ parents, will again run the on-site child care for ages 3-11. More in the works for older (and younger) kids.

Sponsorship information available soon, but we’d like to thank this year’s Platinum Sponsor, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund.

Conference History:

The conference was first held in 2010 at the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research and offered 20 workshops for attendees, as well as a kids zone.

In 2011, our second annual conference was sponsored by Widener University and Widener’s Center for Social Work Education and the Graduate Program in Human Sexuality. There were 18 workshops and panels during the day, including an Ask the Experts! Teen Panel during lunch.

In 2012, our third annual conference was sponsored by Arcadia University School of Education, the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology. The theme was “Welcoming Schools” and the keynote speaker Graciela Slesaransky-Poe. We offered 13 workshops and panels, including ones specifically for educators.

In 2013, our fourth conference was held at the William Way LGBT Community Center. The theme was “Telling Our Stories” and the keynote speaker was kids’ book author Cory Silverberg.

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