Staff Snippet: San Francisco Preschool Fair!
Dear Families & Supporters,
It’s finally here!  A lot of folks have asked for this and we’re proud to announce the 1st Annual San Francisco LGBTQ Inclusive Preschool Fair! Preschool teachers & administrators from 20 San  Francisco schools are looking forward to welcoming you and your family.  This  event is free, and the milk & cookies are on us!  Great kids activities will be hosted by JAMaROO kids.
We hope to see you there and please share this with anyone who might be interested!
When: Saturday, October 6, 9:30am-1:30pm
Where: San Francisco Friends School, 250 Valencia St., San Francisco
Register: Click Here!
Sincerely,
Our Family Coalition Staff
African Music and Movement for Parent and Child

 

Get moving with your child to music by exploring the sounds and songs of Africa through dance and play with Catherine of Cheza Nami (Swahili for “come play with me”).  Children will develop rhythmic awareness and practice creative motion through dancing, drumming and song. Learn Swahili words and playing percussion instruments from Africa will also add to the fun! No one turned away for lack of funds. Please note the new address!

When: Every Saturday in September, September 22, & 29, 10:30m-1pm
Where: Lotus Bloom, 2000 Park Blvd., Oakland
Register: Click Here!

Back to School Potluck in the Park

 

As summer draws to a close and the new school year begins, we invite  you to join us for a picnic in the sun. Come enjoy the beautiful park  and spend time with other LGBTQ headed families for great food &  great community. Bring your favorite potluck dish, outdoor games,  blankets and lawn chairs. We’ll grill up hotdogs for everyone to munch  on as well. See you there!

When: Saturday, September 22, 11am-2pm
Where: Lake Temescal, Oakland
Register: Click Here!

Peninsula Breakthrough Conversations Training & Inclusive Schools Dialog

 

Do you live in the Peninsula? Do you want to help create a  safer, kinder, and more inclusive world for our families and loved ones?  Are you ready to fulfill your calling as a leader?

 

If so, we invite you to get involved in a new cutting-edge education effort known as The Breakthrough Conversation Training!  Our main goal is to harness the power of our own personal relationships  to continue expanding support for LGBTQ families in our schools and  neighborhoods.

 

Breakthrough Conversations – Morning Training 9am-12pm Learn  all about The Breakthrough Conversations Project and our plan to have  hundreds of persuasive conversations around the state.

 

Inclusive Schools – Afternoon Dialog 12:30pm – 3:00pm After  lunch parents, teachers, principals and people interested in deepening  the dialog are invited to stay and build on the Breakthrough  Conversation skills to advocate specifically for LGBTQ inclusive  schools.

 

Click here for more information.

 

When: Saturday, September 29, 9am-3pm

Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 East Charleston Road, Palo Alto (for detailed directions, click here) Registration:  Registration is REQUIRED, please click here to register.

 

Childcare, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

 

Registering with Heart and Smarts

 

If you are considering domestic partnering, we encourage you to think ahead about what  you want your partnership to look like legally. Do the rights and  obligations set by the state fit your relationship, or do you want to  customize them? This workshop will address critical questions each  couple should address before marriage and beyond.

 

When: Tuesday, October 2, 5-8pm

Where: BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave., Oakland

Registration: Click Here!

 

Talking With Children About Their Bio Origins

 

In this discussion we will address the developmentally appropriate language that can help children of all ages integrate knowledge of the donor side of their origins while strengthening their life-long bond with their parents. We will also discuss donor siblings and how to negotiate these relationships to best benefit our children and different strategies appropriate for children with known and unknown donor.  This workshop will be facilitated by Alice Ruby, Executive Director of The Sperm Bank of California.

 

When: Thursday, October 11, 6-8pm

Where: OFC Office, 1385 Mission St. Ste. 340, San Francisco

Registration: Click Here!

 

Family Day at Lemos Farm

 

Join families from Portola and Excelsior Family Connections for  this fun collaborative event!  We will enjoy pony rides, hayrides,  train rides, a jumpy tent, the “not so scary” haunted house, and a  petting zoo.  RSVP is required for the discounted group rate of $10 for children and $2 for adults. Kids  admission fee includes rides, a small pumpkin, cookie and a drink!  You  must RSVP for our discounted admission, meet us at 10-10:30am to pickup  your tickets, and pack a lunch so we can all eat together at 12!

 

When: Monday, October 15, 10am-2pm

Where: Lemos Farm, 12320 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay

Registration: Please e-mail julia@ourfamily.org with Lemos Farm in the subject line if you’re interested.

 

Spirituality, Our Children, Our Families: A Workshop for LGBTQ Parents!

 

Come  learn from a diverse group of religious professionals about the  positive impact of spirituality and faith can have in our families. They  will suggest ways for us to incorporate spirituality in a healthy and  positive way. They will also provide some helpful tools for parents and  our children to respond to people who use religious language to promote  intolerance and inequality. There will be time for questions and  discussion as well.  We  have invited representatives from the following faiths: Bahai,  Buddhism, Episcopal, Judaism, Metropolitan Community, Unitarian  Universalist, United Church of Christ, Wiccan/Paganism. Childcare will be provided by the Island United Church, and dinner will be probided by Hobbes.

 

When: Wednesday, October 17, 6-8pm

Where: Island United Church, 1130 Balclutha Drive, Foster City

Registration: Contact Joy Caneda jtcaneda@yahoo.com or call 650-515-1901 

Ongoing Groups
Mamas & Papas East Bay: Families with Children Ages 0-5
Expand your circle of LGBTQ parents and explore concerns and tips shared by all parents as well as those of special interest to our families. Help your kids build friendships with other children from LGBTQ families. Mamas & Papas is a project of OFC. Keep your infants with you while all other kids play in Habitot Children’s Museum. Dinner will be provided for children only. Suggested donation of $10 per adult, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Registration: Click Here!

When: Every 1st Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-7:30pm

Where: Habitot Children’s Museum, 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley
NEW! Mamas & Papas SF: Playgroup at Plaza Adelante, Ages 0-5
A special collaboration with Good Samaritan Family Resource Center. Come join this new Mamas and Papas (children 0-5) playgroup at Plaza Adelante!
Registration: Click Here!

When: Every 2nd Tuesday, October 9, 10am-12pm

Where: Plaza Adelante, 2301 Mission St., San Francisco
Mamas & Papas SF: Families with Children Ages 0-5 New families are always welcome! Expand your circle of LGBTQ parents and explore concerns and tips shared by all parents as well as those of special interest to our families. Help your kids build friendships with other children from LGBTQ families. Mamas & Papas is a project of OFC.

Registration: Click Here!

When: Every 4th Wednesday, September 26, 6-7:30pm

Where: SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco
Mamas & Papas SF: Families with Children Ages 5-12
Expand your circle of LGBTQ parents and explore concerns and tips shared  by all parents as well as those of special interest to our families.  Help your kids build friendships with other children with LGBTQ  families. Mamas & Papas is a project of OFC. Dinner and free KidSpace childcare for  children under 5 is provided.
Registration: Click Here!

When: Every 3rd Wednesday, September 19, 6-7:30pm

Where:SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Prospective Parents Group

Are you a prospective parent? If so, this is the perfect opportunity to meet and network with other LGBTQ prospective parents. These monthly get-togethers switch between San Francisco and the East Bay, and are a great opportunity to meet fellow LGBTQ prospective parents. This is a potluck, so remember to bring your favorite creation. OFC will bring material on resources and agencies that can help on your road to parenthood. Potluck from 6:30-7pm, discussion from 7-8pm. There will be no September Meeting.  Next month, Moms Rachel and Alexsis will share their family building experience.  They formed their family through assisted reproduction and used the  Sperm Bank of CA.
Registration: Click Here!

When: Tuesday, October 23, 6-8pm

Where: OFC Office, 1385 Mission St. Ste. 340, San Francisco

Transgender Parent Group
Are you or your partner a transgender parent? Or thinking about becoming a parent? The Transgender Parent Support Group is an opportunity to connect with your peers and get mutual support.  The group will meet every third Saturday of each month. The First half hour will be spent socializing, with the remaining time dedicated to group discussion. Drop-ins are welcome, but ongoing attendance helps to establish group rapport.
Registration: Click Here! When:  Every 3rd Saturday, October 20, 10am-12pm Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Community Events
Introduction to Conception Options: From Home Insemination and Home IUI to Clinical Options (IUI, IVF, Mini-IVF and Fertility Preservation)
Open To All Prospective Parents & Interested Health Providers. Special focus on reproductive access to single parents by choice, LGBTQ families and families using frozen or fresh known donor sperm. An introduction to conception options for individuals and families to learn more about fertility and family building options. Kristin Kali, LM, CPM will address home insemination tips and techniques, considerations for fresh vs. frozen sperm, and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) at home.
When: Tuesday, September 18, 6-8pm

Where: Laurel Fertility Care, 1700 California St. Ste. 530, San Francisco

Register: Click Here!

School Success Readiness Workshop
Learn the enrollment process to ensure a better change of getting a preferable school. Ms. Cindy Choy, Parent for Public Schools will be speaking. Hosted by the Asian Women’s Resource Center.
When: Tuesday, September 25, 1:10pm-2:30pm Where: Chinatown YMCA, 855 Sacrament St., San Francisco For more information and to register: Call 415-788-1008
Oakland Museum of California | Oakland Pride Celebration!
Celebrate Oakland Pride Month with a special fun-filled afternoon honoring all families, especially those with adopted, foster, mixed-race, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender loved ones. Feel the rhythm and add your beat to a community drum circle with DRUMM Rhythmic Events. Express your inner artist with hands-on arts and crafts. Special screening of the documentary In my shoes: Stories of Youth with LGBT Parents at 1:30 pm, and more.
When: Sunday, September 30, 12-3pm Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland For more info: Click Here!

“Castro Dads”: A Group for Gay Dads in the SF Bay Area
Our  Family Coalition is supporting a social networking group for gay dads  (and gay men thinking/wanting to become a dad) in and around San  Francisco.  Click here for more information.
When: Last Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm Where: Squat and Gobble, 3600 16th St., San Francisco

Community Announcements
Survey to Support a Thesis Project
My name is Justin Motto, and I am completing my thesis as a requirement for my master’s degree. I have started pursing my doctoral degree and seek to continue researching the communication that surrounds the coming out process and how we can effectively improve family communication processes.  My current study is about how parents disclose the sexual orientation of their child.  I am extremely understanding of the seriousness of protecting identities and for that reason the study does not ask for information regarding identity. The study consists of an online survey that can be taken at the participants convenience. I am recruiting parents of GLB children. Please e-mail me at motto1js@cmich.edu.

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