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Annual LGBTQ+ Family Conference

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· Stage
Opening Ceremony - Hero of the Year Award - Keynote Address
With Our Special Guest Congressman Mondaire Jones, the Indigo Girls, and More!
Darren (he/him) Vance Mondaire Jones
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)
· Live Workshops
"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)
· Live Workshops
"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)
· Live Workshops
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 Rafat 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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
Parent Panel - What WE Learned!
Meet parents who will share some things THEY learned about their parenthood journey
Darren (he/him) Vance Regina Curran Adam Bloom David Hish
2021-05-22T11:30:00Z 2021-05-22T12:40:00Z America/New_York Parent+Panel+-+What+WE+Learned%21 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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!
Timothy Elliott 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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
Family Building with Donors & Surrogates
How to medically build families through adoption or ART, and how to ensure parental rights are protected
Rafat Abbasi Jennifer Fairfax
2021-05-22T14:20:00Z 2021-05-22T15:30:00Z America/New_York Family+Building+with+Donors+%26+Surrogates https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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!
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
Inclusive Fitness for ALL
Perfect bodies. Fat shaming. New parents. BIPOC. Abs. We're going to break this down! Let's talk Inclusive Fitness for everyone!
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
Kids Program: Let's Get Moving! Stretch! 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+++Let%27s+Get+Moving%21+Stretch%21+++For+Under+7%27s https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
Sex Education: Through the Years
Exploring the timeline for talking about developmentally appropriate sexual and reproductive health topics, with tools to help!
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)
· Live Workshops
Kids Program: Intro to Pilates for 7-12 year olds!
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++Intro+to+Pilates+for+7-12+year+olds%21 https%3A%2F%2Fhopin.com%2Fevents%2Frf-conference Hosted virtually on Hopin (link in the description)
· Live Workshops
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)
· Live Workshops
Parents & Kids Together: Creating A Neighborhood Cleanup & TRASH MONSTERS!
It's EASY to do a neighborhood cleanup! We'll show you! Then a TRASH MONSTER chat! Where does trash go? With some craft items we'll make a trash monster!
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

Maya Hall

Alice Ferguston Foundation

Taylor McLeran

Barker Foundation

Karen Gomez

Bilingual Health Educator Planned Parenthood of Metro Washington

Eileen Wharton

Child Matching Specialist - Barker Foundation

Carter Owen

OBGYN/Fertility Specialist CCRM Northern Virginia

Eve Rodsky

NYT Best Selling Author

Rafat Abbasi

Columbia Fertility Associates

Timothy Elliott

Private Practice Therapy

Amy Egan

Child Development Consultants LLC

Laura Jones-Morrison

Wild Feather Counseling

Tony Hynes

Center for Adoption Support & Education

Julie Bindeman

Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington

Samantha Battersby

Alice Ferguson Foundation

Justin Watson

Rainbow Families Conference Team

Varya Zhigilei

Alice Ferguson Foundation

Jennifer Fairfax

Adoption & ART Attorney

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

LGBT Health Researcher, Univ. of Maryland Dept of Family Science

Tee Tomlinson

University of Maryland Department of Family Science

Ty Kitchen

Youth Leadership Manager - SMYAL

Tara Cheston

LGBTQ and Sexual Health Program - DC Schools

Sarah Lawson

Youth Psycotherapist - Whitman Walker Health

Sara Mindel

Embodied Psychotherapy

Michele Zavos

Zavos Law Group

Kanisha Tillman

Tutus & Tennis Shoes LLC.

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

Darren Paul-Vance

Exec Dir Rainbow Families DC

Mondaire Jones

Congressman (D-NY) / Keynote Speaker

Jay Baron

Lead Teacher - School for Friends

Kelsey Carroll

Founder, Rainbow Doula DC

David Hish

(Parent Panel) CEO Joyce Koons Buick Honda GMC

Adam Bloom

(Parent Panel) Clinical Director, Kolmac Outpatient

Regina Curran

(Parent Panel) Nondiscrimination Officer - Mcalester College

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