Philadelphia Family Pride sponsored our 3rd annual Family Matters Conference for LGBTQ parents and prospective parents on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Castle on the campus of Arcadia University.
Our annual conference aims to reach parents from different experiences including adoptive parents, single parents, prospective parents, trans-parents, partnered/married parents, grandparents, etc.
Educators were also invited for part of the day to learn how to make their schools more welcoming and inclusive for children of LGBTQ parents.
In addition to the workshops, we had a terrific keynote speaker and very popular workshop presenter from the past, Graciela Slesaranksy-Poe, and had another panel of adult and teenage children of LGBTQ parents to answer our questions and talk about their school experiences.
We’d like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this year’s conference!
First of all, this conference wouldn’t be possible without the generous donation of space from Arcadia University and the support of the School of Education and the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology.
In addition, we’d like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Law Office of David C. Berman
Dr. Dennis Debiak, PsyD
Gay Parent Magazine
Giampolo Law Group
Jerner & Palmer Attorneys at Law
MetLife Financial Advisor Jayden Sampson
Philadelphia Gay News
RMA of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia School
Whole Foods – Jenkintown
William Way Center
Ajna Hollis Creations
Adoptions from the Heart
Cobblestones Kids Pediatric Dentistry
Donor Sibling Registry
Germantown Friends School
National Adoption Center
Peg Pullan, M.A., MFT
Wolf Street Catering
Women’s Therapy Center
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.