Family Matters Conference

Dates: 10/29/2016 Dates: 10/29/2016 Times: 09:00 - 16:00 Location: University of the Sciences, West Philadelphia

staceyann_daughterThe 7th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference will take place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

REGISTER by October 1 for early bird registration fee.

We are very excited that our keynote speaker this year will be the out poet, artist, writer, activist and performer Staceyann Chin, pictured here with her daughter Zuri.

COLAGE will be providing all day programming and teen panel prep for those ages 7-18 (grouped by age). Your family may know COLAGE from Family Week in Provincetown. We will also have onsite child care for infants, babies, toddlers and kids under 7.

At the end of the conference, we will hold a drawing of everyone in attendance to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Palomar!

colage_logo (1)REGISTER NOW

Read more about the programming details for the day.

To become a sponsor at one of the following levels, please fill out this form.  All levels include a vendor table at the event. For more details, follow the link.

Premier – $2500
Platinum – $1000
Gold – $500
Silver – $250
Bronze – $125

Thank you to these sponsors for this year’s conference (as of 9/16/16):


American Reading Company
Fairfax Cryobank

RMA of Philadelphia


Friends’ Central School
Germantown Friends School
Philadelphia Gay News


Camp Highlight
DC Berman Law
Dennis Debiak, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Jerner & Palmer, PC
Surrogate Services International
Turning Points for Children


Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ Families
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Donor Sibling Registry
Fairmount Pediatrics
Family Equality Council
Hotel Palomar
Northeast Treatment Centers
The Philadelphia School
Walnut Psychotherapy Center


Drucker & Scaccetti, Tax Warriors
National Adoption Center
Rainbow Wedding Network
Tabernacle United Church

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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.

In 2014, our fifth conference was held at The Philadelphia School. The theme was “Our Families and the Future” and they keynote speaker was Mary Anders.

In 2015, our sixth conference was held at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The theme was “Mind, Body and Soul: Taking care of our ourselves and our families.” Our keynote speaker was Dr. Rachel Levine, Physician General for Pennsylvania.



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