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Family Matters Conference


SAVE THE DATE! We loved University of the Sciences so much that we are going to hold our 8th Family Matters Conference there on Saturday, October 7, 2017.


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

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

COLAGE provided 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 also had onsite child care for infants, babies, toddlers and kids under 7 provided by teachers from St. Mary’s Nursery School.

Read more about the COLAGE programming here. (PDF)

At the end of the conference, we held a drawing to win a one-night stay at the Hotel Palomar for those who completed the sponsor table raffle card. Congrats to our winners Sarah Brewer & Naomi Bates!

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Read more about the programming details for the day.

Many thanks to these generous sponsors of this year’s conference:


American Reading Company
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Fairfax Cryobank

RMA of Philadelphia at Jefferson


Friends’ Central School
Germantown Friends School
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Philadelphia Gay News
St. Mary’s Nursery School


Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
Camp Highlight

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


Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ Families
Children’s Community School
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Donor Sibling Registry
Andrew J. Edelberg, Esq.
Fairmount Pediatrics
Family Equality Council
Freedom Massage
Hotel Palomar
Melnyk- Estornell Family
Modern Eye
Northeast Treatment Centers
Plymouth Meeting Friends School
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
The Philadelphia School
Walnut Psychotherapy Center


A Baby Step Adoption
Drucker & Scaccetti, Tax Warriors
Equality Pennsylvania
Gay Parent Magazine
Gays with Kids
Journeys of the Heart
Law Office of Steven M. Zelinger
National Adoption Center
Open Arms Adoption Network
Rainbow Wedding Network
Rhythm Babies
Tabernacle United Church

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.