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Family Matters Conference

Dates: 10/05/2019 Dates: 10/05/2019 Times: 09:00 - 16:00 Location: University of the Sciences, West Philadelphia

SAVE THE DATE for our 10th annual Family Matters ConferenceOctober 5, 2019 at the University of the Sciences! This is our biggest educational event of the year with speakers, workshops and programming for adults and older kids and child care for younger kids, toddlers and babies.

Would you like to sponsor the event? Click here for the sponsorship form. Every sponsorship comes with a table at the event.

If you have a programming proposal or suggestion, please fill out this form with your idea or information. Deadline is August 2nd.

This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories” and our keynote speaker this year will be the author of the weekly “Parent Trip” column in the Philadelphia Inquirer Anndee Hochman.

The 9th Annual PFP Family Matters Conference took place at the University of the Sciences in the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 9am-3pm.

Our keynote speaker kicked off the day promptly at 9:30am.  This year our speaker was Naomi Washington-Leapheart, pictured. Her talk was entitled “Queer Parenting as Revolutionary Spiritual Practice.” She touched on what keeps us whole, alive, and grounded in this political climate, and what it means to survive –  and how survival is an act of resistance.

Speaker Bio: Naomi Washington-Leapheart, a daughter of Detroit, is the Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ justice and equality group. In that role, she coordinates the Task Force’s public faith messaging and advocacy and leadership development work in faith communities. Naomi is also an adjunct professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University.  Read her full bio here.

Check out this year’s schedule and full list of programming available for adults.

Joining us again this year, we had the staff from St. Mary’s Nursery School taking care of babies, toddlers and little kids 0-6 years old and volunteers from COLAGE coordinating programming for our kids 7-14 years old.

Building Community with COLAGE
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
COLAGE will host a six hour program during the Philly Family Pride event to support youth with one or more LGBTQIA+ parent. Youth programs will focus on empowerment and support through creative workshops, games, opportunities to connect with others who share similar experiences and inside advice/support from COLAGE mentors and more.

Conference Sponsors for 2018 


American Reading Company
Fairfax Cryobank
Main Line Fertility
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Philadelphia


Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Germantown Friends School
Nemours Children Health System
St. Mary’s Nursery School


Dennis Debiak, PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Donor Sibling Registry
Fairmount Pediatrics
Jerner & Palmer, PC
Surrogate Services International
Turning Points for Children


A Baby Step Adoption
Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Creative Business Accounting & Tax Service
Family Equality Council
Modern Eye
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Thom Duffy Massage Therapist LLC
William Way LGBT Community Center


Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio)
Gay Parent Magazine
Hornstein, Platt and Associates Counseling and Wellness Centers
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia
National Adoption Center

Open Arms Adoption Network
Philadelphia Midwife Collective
Refuge Midwifery
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.

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

In 2017, our eighth conference was held at the University of the Sciences with keynote speaker Heath Davis. Watch a video of his presentation.


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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