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Family Matters Conference

Dates: 10/07/2017 Dates: 10/07/2017 Times: 09:00 - 15:00 Location: University of the Sciences, West Philadelphia

SAVE THE DATE! The 9th Annual Family Matters Conference will take place at USciences on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Let us know your proposals and ideas for workshops by July 14th by filling out this online survey.

Want to sponsor the conference this year? Go here to fill out a form to sponsor and to pay for your support.


The 8th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference took place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9am-3pm.

Here’s a map of the location. Enter to reach the parking lot at 42nd and Woodland Avenue.

Heath Fogg DavisOur keynote speaker this year was Heath Fogg Davis, pictured. His talk was entitled “Parenting Through the Bureaucracy of Gender.” Watch a video of his presentation.

Davis is the author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (NYU Press), a book that offers practical guidance to individuals and organizations on how to develop trans-inclusive policies that are institutionally smart. He is a professor at Temple University, where he teaches and conducts research on anti-discrimination law and policy. He also consults with businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and non-profits on trans-inclusion. Heath and his wife and kids live in Philadelphia and are active members of the PFP New and Expectant Parent Group.

Heath will be selling his book at the event at a 20% discount and will be available to sign them. If you’d like to order the book online (for the full price) you can do so at these links.

Indie Bound:

Click here for a full list of workshop sessions and the schedule for the day.

COLAGE again be provided programming for kids and youth ages 7 – 14 years old and St. Mary’s Nursery School staffed the child care for 0-6 year olds. After lunch there was a special “Family Time” session for parents to join their kids in the child care room for story time, movement and family fun with PFP board member and CHOP MSW,LCSW Greg Hedler.

Our conference wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many sponsors.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Fairfax Cryobank
RMA of Philadelphia

American Reading Company
Friends’ Central School
Nemours Children’s Health System
Philadelphia Gay News
St. Mary’s Nursery School
Surrogate Services International

Dennis Debiak, PsyD
Fairmount Pediatrics
Family Equality Council
Germantown Friends School
Jerner & Palmer, PC Services
Mazzoni Center
Turning Points for Children

A Baby Step Adoption
Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
Building Blocks: An Interactive Conversation with LGBTQ Families

Children’s Community School
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Donor Sibling Registry
Kimpton Hotels/Hotel Palomar
Modern Eye
The Philadelphia School
Therapy Center of Philadelphia
Thom Duffy, Massage Therapy LLC
William Way LGBT Center


ACLU of Pennsylvania
Doulas of Philadelphia
Gay Parent Magazine
LGBT Center of Central PA
National Adoption Center
Open Arms Adoption Network
Tabernacle United Church
Walnut Psychotherapy 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.

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.

In 2016, our seventh conference was held at the University of the Sciences with keynote speaker Staceyann Chin.


3 Responses to “Family Matters Conference”

  1. Octavio Hingle-Webster October 17, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Hello PFP!

    My name is Octavio Hingle-Webster, and i’m a non-binary femme dance student and budding arts educator living in West Philadelphia. I’m looking for work and volunteer opportunities for queer-friendly families and childcare providers in the city. I’m wondering if there are volunteer opportunities available for childcare work with the family matters conference on the 29th? It sounds like awesome conference and I great way to get connected to queer and allied families in Philly.
    I have lots of experience working with children and youth in preschools, summer camps and dance studios. I’m happy to send you, or St. Mary’s Nursery School, my resume and references. Thanks so much for the consideration!



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