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· Expo & School Fair
Opening Ceremony - Hero of the Year Award - Keynote Address
With Our Special Guest Congressman Mondaire Jones, and Many Others!
2021-05-22T08:45:00Z 2021-05-22T10:00:00Z America/New_York Opening+Ceremony+-+Hero+of+the+Year+Award+-+Keynote+Address https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
"Coffee House 1"
This room is available all day - up to 20 people can gather on camera - chat, discuss a previous workshop, connect with friends!
2021-05-22T09:45:00Z 2021-05-22T17:00:00Z America/New_York %22Coffee+House+1%22 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
"Coffee House 2"
Another room available all day - up to 20 people can gather on camera - chat, discuss a previous workshop, connect with friends!
2021-05-22T09:45:00Z 2021-05-22T17:00:00Z America/New_York %22Coffee+House+2%22 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Medical & Emotional Intersections of Family Building for the LGBTQ+ Community
An interactive discussion on how to grow & build family, through Adoption or ART, and how to ensure parental rights are protected
Julie Bindeman Raffat Abbasi
2021-05-22T10:00:00Z 2021-05-22T11:10:00Z America/New_York Medical+%26+Emotional+Intersections+of+Family+Building+for+the+LGBTQ%2B+Community https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Managing Communications & Conflicts in Parenting
We can engineer an environment that supports our child's developing social skills, and manage conflicts. Yes, we can!
Amy Freedman
2021-05-22T10:00:00Z 2021-05-22T11:10:00Z America/New_York Managing+Communications+%26+Conflicts+in+Parenting https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Is Marriage Enough? Protecting Your Family Legally At All Life Stages
Things continue to evolve, especially with legislative concerns as they relate to LGBTQ+ family planning. Be informed!
Michele Zavos
2021-05-22T10:00:00Z 2021-05-22T11:10:00Z America/New_York Is+Marriage+Enough%3F++Protecting+Your+Family+Legally+At+All+Life+Stages https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Positively Vibrant! How our Identities Positively Impact Our Lives!
We hear stats on how being LGBTQ puts us at risk. We also know the queer community is resilient & beautiful and we'll discuss this!
Ty Kitchen
2021-05-22T10:00:00Z 2021-05-22T11:10:00Z America/New_York Positively+Vibrant%21++How+our+Identities+Positively+Impact+Our+Lives%21 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Planning Together For Your Family's Financial Future
Inclusive, comprehensive planning & socially responsible investing can help prepare your family for a financially sustainable future.
Fran Toler
2021-05-22T11:30:00Z 2021-05-22T12:40:00Z America/New_York Planning+Together+For+Your+Family%27s+Financial+Future https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Uncomfortable Discussions in Adoptive Families
We'll navigate the unique challenges families will face regarding perceptions, race, birth family, and being an LGBTQ headed family
Tony Hynes
2021-05-22T11:30:00Z 2021-05-22T12:40:00Z America/New_York Uncomfortable+Discussions+in+Adoptive+Families https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Becoming a Resource for an Older Child in DC Foster Care
If you've ever considered serving as a resource parent (foster or adoptive) to a child, join us to discuss the ins and outs of this wonderful journey.
Regina Lawson
2021-05-22T11:30:00Z 2021-05-22T12:40:00Z America/New_York Becoming+a+Resource+for+an+Older+Child+in+DC+Foster+Care+ https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
It's More Than Hair - Why Black Hair Care Is Important
Let's have a discussion about why Black hair care is so important. Many parents may not be sure why it is...we'll discuss that and more!
Kanisha Tillman
2021-05-22T13:00:00Z 2021-05-22T14:10:00Z America/New_York It%27s+More+Than+Hair+-+Why+Black+Hair+Care+Is+Important https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Intro to Fertility Treatments, Including Use of Donor Sperm
An OB/GYN (and member of our community) explains basic fertility treatments, including use of donor sperm, IUI, and reciprocal IVF
Nyleen Moorman Carter Owen
2021-05-22T13:00:00Z 2021-05-22T14:10:00Z America/New_York Intro+to+Fertility+Treatments%2C+Including+Use+of+Donor+Sperm https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Setting Limits & Using Positive Discipline
A child's challenging behavior is hard. For them - and us. We discuss effective limit setting, and positive strategies to prevent tantrums.
Amy Egan
2021-05-22T13:00:00Z 2021-05-22T14:10:00Z America/New_York Setting+Limits+%26+Using+Positive+Discipline https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Regulate Through Writing: Helping Kids Navigate Uncertain Times
We share insight & empathy into the adolescent mind, including the impact of the trauma young folks experienced this year. For parents & educators!
Sarah Lawson
2021-05-22T13:00:00Z 2021-05-22T14:10:00Z America/New_York Regulate+Through+Writing%3A++Helping+Kids+Navigate+Uncertain+Times https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Keeping Your Cool: To Yell or Not to Yell
Anger is human! How we handle it has a huge effect on our own lives, our kids lives and our partners lives .. even moment to moment
Sara Mindel
2021-05-22T14:20:00Z 2021-05-22T15:30:00Z America/New_York Keeping+Your+Cool%3A++To+Yell+or+Not+to+Yell https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Reviewing & Renewing Our Idea of 'Health'
This year, with so much out of control, many turned to their bodies to find control. Let's talk about that, the diet industry, the LGBTQ+ community, and more
Laura Jones-Morrison
2021-05-22T14:20:00Z 2021-05-22T15:30:00Z America/New_York Reviewing+%26+Renewing+Our+Idea+of+%27Health%27 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Fair Play: Finding New Ways to Share the Domestic Workload
Empower everyone in the family to take responsibility for helping out in a way that fosters a happier, healthier & more fulfilling family
Eve Rodsky
2021-05-22T14:20:00Z 2021-05-22T15:30:00Z America/New_York Fair+Play%3A++Finding+New+Ways+to+Share+the+Domestic+Workload https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Famiy Building with Donors & Surrogates
How to medically build families through adoption or ART, and how to ensure parental rights are protected
Raffat Abbasi Jennifer Fairfax
2021-05-22T14:20:00Z 2021-05-22T15:30:00Z America/New_York Famiy+Building+with+Donors+%26+Surrogates https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Parenting Strategies to Support Our LGBTQ+ Youth
How LGBTQ+ youth and parents navigate and discuss sexual and gender identities and the LGBTQ+ community.
Tee Tomlinson Jessica Fish
2021-05-22T15:40:00Z 2021-05-22T16:50:00Z America/New_York Parenting+Strategies+to+Support+Our+LGBTQ%2B+Youth https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Doula 101: What is a Doula, What Do They Do, and How Do I Afford One?
Is a Doula only for women? Are they a midwife? Only there for the birth day? Let's provide answers!
Kelsey Carroll
2021-05-22T15:40:00Z 2021-05-22T16:50:00Z America/New_York Doula+101%3A+What+is+a+Doula%2C+What+Do+They+Do%2C+and+How+Do+I+Afford+One%3F https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Creating Family Through Older Child Adoption
A discussion about the beauty, joy, and realities, of creating family through adopting an older child
Saara McEachnie
2021-05-22T15:40:00Z 2021-05-22T16:50:00Z America/New_York Creating+Family+Through+Older+Child+Adoption https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Inclusive Fitness for ALL
The ideal QUEER size. Fat shaming. New parents. BIPOC. Abs. We're going to break all this down! Let's talk Inclusive Fitness.
Bianca Russo
2021-05-22T15:40:00Z 2021-05-22T16:50:00Z America/New_York Inclusive+Fitness+for+ALL https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Getting to Know Rainbow Families
Darren (he/him) Vance Justin Watson
2021-05-22T16:00:00Z 2021-05-22T16:20:00Z America/New_York Getting+to+Know+Rainbow+Families https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Sunday Coffee House
This room is available all day - up to 20 people can gather on camera - chat, discuss a previous workshop, connect with friends!
2021-05-23T10:45:00Z 2021-05-23T16:00:00Z America/New_York Sunday+Coffee+House https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Kids Program: Virtual Treasure Hunt for Under 7's
When you register for the conference, select "Send the Free Kids Program Links" and a zoom link will be emailed to you
2021-05-23T10:45:00Z 2021-05-23T11:15:00Z America/New_York Kids+Program%3A+++Virtual+Treasure+Hunt+for+Under+7%27s https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Coping During Covid & Getting Kids Back to School
Coping (Survival!) Skills for Parents who have been navigating teleworking, virtual instruction and more!
Amy Cannava
2021-05-23T11:00:00Z 2021-05-23T12:10:00Z America/New_York Coping+During+Covid+%26+Getting+Kids+Back+to+School https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Creating Anti-Bias Education
Let's create a community where EVERYONE belongs. Teachers and parents will share ideas, concerns and experiences
Berna Artis Sabina Zeffler Makai Kellogg Jay Barron
2021-05-23T11:00:00Z 2021-05-23T12:10:00Z America/New_York Creating+Anti-Bias+Education+ https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Speaking Up at School! Becoming Allies for LGBTQ Youth
Here, we'll see how parents and kids can speak up to make schools more inclusive spaces
Ty Kitchen
2021-05-23T12:30:00Z 2021-05-23T13:40:00Z America/New_York Speaking+Up+at+School%21+Becoming+Allies+for+LGBTQ+Youth https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Sex Education: Through the Years
Exploring the timeline for talking about developmentally appropriate sexual and reproductive health topics, with tools to help!
Tucker O'Donnell
2021-05-23T12:30:00Z 2021-05-23T13:40:00Z America/New_York Sex+Education%3A+Through+the+Years https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Expo & School Fair
Kids Program: Let's Get Moving for 30 Minutes! For kids 7-12 years
When you register for the conference, select "Send the Free Kids Program Links" and a zoom link will be emailed to you
2021-05-23T13:00:00Z 2021-05-23T13:30:00Z America/New_York Kids+Program%3A++Let%27s+Get+Moving+for+30+Minutes%21+For+kids+7-12+years https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Collaborating for Change in Schools
Finding, Accessing, or Advocating for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Schools.
Tara Cheston
2021-05-23T14:00:00Z 2021-05-23T15:10:00Z America/New_York Collaborating+for+Change+in+Schools https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Workshop Sessions
Parents & Kids Together: Creating A Neighborhood Cleanup & TRASH MONSTERS!
Parents, it's EASY to do a neighborhood cleanup! We'll show you! Then a fun "TRASH MONSTER" chat for kids to learn about recycling and more
Varya Zhigilei
2021-05-23T14:00:00Z 2021-05-23T15:15:00Z America/New_York Parents+%26+Kids+Together%3A++Creating+A+Neighborhood+Cleanup+%26+TRASH+MONSTERS%21 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)

Speakers

Timothy Elliott

Private Practice Therapy

Tucker O'Donnell

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington

Amy Egan

Child Development Consultants LLC

Laura Jones-Morrison

Wild Feather Counseling

Tony Hynes

Center for Adoption Support & Education

Carter Owen

CCRM Northern Virginia

Julie Bindeman

Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

Samantha Battersby

Alice Ferguson Foundation

Justin Watson

Rainbow Families Conference Team

Varya Zhigilei

Alice Ferguson Foundation

Eve Rodsky

Author & Philanthropist

Jennifer Fairfax

Adoption & ART Attorney

Nyleen Moorman

CCRM Northern Virginia

Regina Lawson

DC Child & Family Services Agency

Jay Barron

School for Friends

Makai Kellogg

School for Friends

Sabina Zeffler

School for Friends

Berna Artis

Head of School, School for Friends

Saara McEachnie

Domestic Programs Director with the Barker Adoption Foundation

Jessica Fish

University of Maryland Department of Family Science

Tee Tomlinson

University of Maryland Department of Family Science

Ty Kitchen

SMYAL Washington DC

Tara Cheston

LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program - DC Schools

Sarah Lawson

Whitman Walker Health

Sara Mindel

Embodied Psychotherapy

Michele Zavos

Zavos Law Group

Kelsey Carroll

Rainbow Doula DC LLC

Kanisha Tillman

Tutus & Tennis Shoes LLC.

Eileen Wharton

Barker Foundation

Raffat Abbasi

Columbia Fertility Associates

Bianca Russo

Bianca Russo Fitness

Amy Cannava

Rainstorms to Rainbows - Virginia

Amy Freedman

Child Development Consultants LLC

Fran Toler

Toler Financial Group

Darren (he/him) Vance

Exec Director, Rainbow Families

Mondaire Jones

Congressman (D-NY) / Keynote Speaker

D Paul-Vance

Exec Dir Rainbow Families DC

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