Rainbow Families

Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ+ Families in the DMV

Workshop Tracks

The 2018 Family Conference featured four tracks of workshop sessions:

Paths To Parenthood, Creating Our Families will explore a wide range of topics about creating families—adoption, foster care, donor insemination, surrogacy, infertility issues—and the decision-making process around starting a family.

Navigating Our Communities & Institutions, Changing Hearts & Minds will address challenges that remain in our communities for our families to experience fully lived social equality. 

Raising Our Children, Parenting & Healthy Families will address a range of issues such as: general parenting skills; issues for single parents; being a dad in a mom’s world; parenting teens; and more.

Legal, Financial & Legislative Hot Topics will provide expert guidance on the many complex legal and financial challenges surrounding the creation, security, and safety of LGBTQ families. 

Schedule-at-a-Glance

8:30-9:15 AM

Registration and Breakfast – Main entrance

8:30 AM-5 PM

Resource Fair – Second floor

Quiet Room – Room 219 – (for parents/guardians with infants and younger children)

9 AM

Kids’ Camp Drop-off – First floor (for ages 2.5-11)

COLAGE Drop-off - First Floor (for ages 12-15)

Teen Volunteer Drop-off – First floor (for ages 12 and older)

9:30-10:30 AM

Conference Welcome & Opening Session featuring Danica Roem & Rich Madaleno – Forum

10:30-10:45 AM

Be sure to visit the Resource Fair! – Second floor

10:45-Noon

Interest Session I

Track A: Paths to Parenthood, Creating Our Families

  • Building Your Family Through Surrogacy: Nuts and Bolts - Room 203

  • Getting Pregnant in Your Own Bedroom: A Guide to At-Home Fertility Services - Room 215

  • Donor Conception 101 and Navigating the Emotional Ups and Downs of Donor Conception - Room 217

Track B: Navigating Our Communities & Institutions, Changing Hearts & Minds

  • ABCs and Medical Considerations of the Transgender/Gender Queer/Non-Binary Patient - Room 320

  • Overview of the Welcoming Schools Approach - Room 321

  • What To Do When People Just “Don’t Get It!” - Room 322

Track C: Raising Our Children, Parenting and Healthy Families

  • Talking with Children about Adoption - Room 323

  • Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking With Your Kids About Sexual Health - Room 324

  • Power Tools for Power Struggles - Room 213

  • Managing Stress & Pressure - Room 212

Track D: Legal, Legislative, and Financial Hot Issues

  • Sustainable Investing in 2018 - Room 325

Noon

Kids’ Camp & COLAGE Pick-Up for Lunch – First floor

Noon-1 PM

Lunch – First floor and Forum

12:45-1:15 PM

Be sure to visit the Resource Fair! – Second floor

1:15-2:30 PM

Interest Session II

Track A: Paths to Parenthood, Creating Our Families

  • Family Building - Adoption and ART Options Explored - Room 203

  • The ABCs Domestic Infant Adoption and Healthy Openness with Birth Families - Room 215

  • Fertility 101: Trying To Conceive - Room 217

Track B: Navigating Our Communities & Institutions, Changing Hearts & Minds

  • White Parents of Kids of Color Confronting Racism - Room 320

  • Welcoming Schools: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools (Part 1 of 2) - Room 321

Track C: Raising Our Children, Parenting and Healthy Families

  • Innovative Family Structures: Beyond Amatonormativity - Room 322

  • Navigating the World of Donor Siblings - Room 323

  • Raising I Can Kids - Room 213

  • Problem Solving with Teens - Room 212

Track D: Legal, Legislative, and Financial Hot Issues

  • Creating Legal Relationships with Children, With and Without Marriage - Room 324

  • Making the Right Decisions for Your Family...Now and in the Future - Room 325

2:30-2:45 PM

Be sure to visit the Resource Fair! – Second floor

2:45-4 PM

Interest Session III

Track A: Paths to Parenthood, Creating Our Families

  • Conversations about Family Building - Room 203

  • Adopting Children with Trauma: Navigating the Older Child Adoption Experience - Room 215

  • Meet Your Child During a Summer Vacation - Room 217

Track B: Navigating Our Communities & Institutions, Changing Hearts & Minds

  • Growing Up with LGBTQ Parents: Perspective from Teens - Room 320

  • Welcoming Schools: Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools (Part 2 of 2) - Room 321

  • Real Talk:  White LGBT Mom’s Raising Brown and Black sons (without a man in the house) - Room 322

Track C: Raising Our Children, Parenting and Healthy Families

  • Through Play Children Become - Room 323

  • Good Fences: Happy Families: Limit Setting for Young Children - Room 213

  • Positive Discipline - Room 212

Track D: Legal, Legislative, and Financial Hot Issues

  • Estate Planning - It's Not Just Unmarried Couples Anymore - Room 324

4-5 PM

Kids’/COLAGE Presentation followed by Ice Cream Social - Forum



Rainbow Families, 5614 Connecticut Ave., NW, #309, Washington, DC 20015-2604

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