Family Matters Conference

Dates: 11/01/2014 Dates: 11/01/2014 Times: 09:00 - 14:00 Location: The Philadelphia School, 2501 Lombard St., Philadelphia

The Philadelphia School

The Philadelphia School, 2501 Lombard Street

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. – 2 p.m. at The Philadelphia School  located in Center City Philadelphia at 2501 Lombard Street. Your feedback from the past years asked to make the day a little shorter for families, so we’ll be ending at 2pm instead of 4pm. Register now!

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 “Our Families and the Future” and will cover 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. We’ll also work in time for the group to give their ideas on the future of PFP, what needs there still are in the community and how we can meet them.

The keynote speaker will be Mary Anders (pictured), former Montgomery County Detective for the DA’s office. Her talk is entitled “Cyber-bullying & Sexting: Prevention, Education & Tips for Parents.”

Mary Anders

Keynote Speaker Mary Anders

Click here for the full schedule and workshop information.

There will be onsite child care for kids 0-14, sponsored by RMA of Philadelphia. There will be three areas: 0-3 year olds, 4-8 year olds and 9 and up. The older kids will be divided further by age depending on the number in attendance. The older group will also have a chance to participate in these three discussions:

Put Down the Phone! Setting Screen Time Limits for Your Parents

- Say What?! Non Violent Responses to Bullying
The Student Leadership Board is a collective of high school students who represent different schools in the city of Philadelphia. Board members are committed to reflecting diversity in race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, gender, and sexuality within Philadelphia neighborhoods and schools.

- No Grownups Allowed: A Kids to Kids Conversation about having LGBT parents

Register now! The cost is $20/adult for PFP members and $30/adult for non-members. (Join or renew now! It’s only $20 for the rest of 2014.) Lunch and child care are included. Scholarships are available.

Family sponsorships are available for $100 and include two adult admissions to the conference and a special listing in the program.

DVLF LogoThanks to this year’s sponsors.

Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
RMA-13123-les-550x200-web-bannerRMA of Philadelphia.

A Baby Step Adoption
American Reading Company
Dr. Dennis Debiak, Psychologist
The Law Office of David C. Berman
Fairfax Cryobank
Giampolo Law Group
Goodstein Law Associates
Jerner & Palmer. PC
Mazzoni Center
Philadelphia Gay News
The Philadelphia School
Surrogate Services International

The Anders Group, LLC
Camp Highlight
Equality Pennsylvania
Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club
Pintzuk Brown Realty Group
River Valley Realty LLC
William Way LGBT Community Center
Women’s Therapy Center
Yikes, Inc.

Adoptions from the Heart
Gay Parent Magazine
Germantown Friends School
A. Martin Herring, Esq., Specializing in same-sex couple family agreements and estate planning.
National Adoption Center

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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