Family Matters Conference

william way center

Philadelphia Family Pride sponsored our 4th Annual Family Matters Conference for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the William Way Center located in Center City Philadelphia at 1315 Spruce 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 on everything from growing your family, to financial planning to telling your stories.

Read about the schedule of the day and workshops.

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

This year’s keynote speaker was Cory Silverberg, the author of the popular book for kids’ What Makes a Baby.” Raised by a librarian and sex therapist, Cory grew up to be a certified sexuality educator and writer.

The staff of Camp Highlight, an overnight camp for kids of LGBTQ parents, ran the on-site child care for ages 3-11. Younger and older kids were welcome to accompany their parents to the conference.


Platinum Sponsor: RMA of Philadelphia


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Law Office of David C. Berman, Esq.
Camp Highlight
Dennis Debiak, Psy. D., Licensed Psychologist
Fairfax Cryobank
Giampolo Law Group
Jerner & Palmer, P.C.
Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club
National Adoption Center
Philadelphia Gay News
Surrogate Services International

Adoptions from the Heart
Giovanni’s Room
Say I Do! LGBT Wedding Expos and Events

Equality Pennsylvania
Gay Parent Magazine
Rachel Gazda, Lactation Consultant
Abby Ruder, Marriage & Family Therapist

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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