Family Matters Conference

Dates: 10/17/2015 Dates: 10/17/2015 Times: 09:00 - 16:00 Location: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Main Hospital

ChildrensHospitalofPhiladelphia1Philadelphia Family Pride is excited to announce that the 2015 Family Matters Conference will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) at the main hospital’s Stokes Auditorium. 

If you’d like to be on the planning committee for the event, please e-mail Stephanie Haynes at

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends.

Philadelphia Family Pride sponsored 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.

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 was “Our Families and the Future” and covered 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 also worked 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 was 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.

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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