Learn to talk to kids about their donor connections at Donor Origins; hang out with elephant seal babies at the Año Nuevo Elephant Seal Walk; save the date for a field trip to the Ai WeiWei installation at Alcatraz; and more.
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Elephant Seal Pups

My partner and I read about OFC's Elephant Seal Walk trip for years, each time noting the part that said "given the chilly, long sand dune walk, best suited for older kids." We'd look at each other and say, "One day, dadgum it, we're gonna take them on that chilly, long sand dune walk!" And then last year for the first time (kids 7 &9), we went.

We were glad we were bundled. And yes, the walk was long (around two hours). At the very end, one or two members of our party would have preferred I carry them on my back. But we learned everything you can imagine about elephant seals in that trip, and witnessed a natural phenomenon I know the kids will never forget. Join us!

Polly Pagenhart    
Family Programs Director    

Upcoming Events

Talking to Your Kids about Their Donor Origins

Learn developmentally appropriate language to help children of all ages integrate knowledge of the donor side of their origins while strengthening their life-long bond with their parents. Facilitated by Alice Ruby of The Sperm Bank of California and Laura Goldberger, Marriage and Family Therapist.
Registration: Click here!
When:  Wednesday, January 28, 6-8pm
Where:  BANANAS, 5232 Claremont Ave.,

Pups at Play! Año Nuevo Elephant Seal Walk
Join Our Family Coalition families for a guided tour of the largest mainland breeding colony in the world for the northern elephant seal. Chilly weather, uneven sandy ground, and the two-hour round-trip walk make this trek recommended for older kids. Pack a lunch for a picnic after the tour!

Registration: Click here!
When: Sunday, February 1, 9:15am -12:30pm
Where: Año Nuevo State Reserve, 1 New Years Creek Rd., Pescadero

1-2-3 Magic Parenting Series

This highly regarded, evidence-based program provides positive approaches to dealing with challenging behaviors in kids ages 2-12. Along the way you learn a lot about kids' behavior and your own. Dinner and childcare provided free upon advance registration.
Registration: Click here!
When:  Tuesdays, February 3 - March 24, 6-8pm
Where: Our Family Coalition Office, 1385 Mission St., San Francisco

Community Announcements

Adoption Information Meeting
Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm
A Better Way, 3200 Adeline St., Berkeley
What does it take to be a fost/adopt parent to children waiting for families? Join our orientation to find out. RSVP Sharon 510-601-0203 x305 or

Queer Argentine Tango in the East Bay 
Queer Tango Dance
Sat January 17th 7-11 PM (Beginner's Class 7-8, Dancing 8-11)
Queer Tango Classes and Practica 
All Sundays 3.30-6.30 PM (Beginner's Class 3.30-4.30)
The Bay area queer tango community is large and lovely, come dance with us! No partner required. No experience necessary. More info on admission and times here. Questions or to pre-register:
Free Webinar on Foster/Adoption
RSVP Sharon

Oakland Bay Area International Film Festival - A Place in the Middle
A Place in the Middle will be screened at the Bay Area Children's Film Festival
Saturday 1/24/15 @ 3pm, Chabot Space and Science Center in Berkeley. OFC will be there to welcome families and talk more about gender and culture. Children ages 7+ Welcome! After the program, Our Family Coalition's Tarah Fleming will host a Q&A about the film and the importance it has in welcoming schools education.

Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits 2015 Powwow
Sat. Feb. 7, 2015, 10:30am-6pm
Please join us for the BAAITS Powwow. This is the only public Two Spirit/LGBTQI2s event in the U.S. The public will have a chance to view Native, Pacific Islander, and Azteca dancers. For more information, contact

February 13-16, 2015 (from 3 pm on Friday though 11 am on Monday)
Camp Richardson Resort in Lake Tahoe.
Join us for Snow Camp: 3 nights and days of skiing, sledding and enjoying the winter weather at a beautiful resort in South Lake Tahoe. Camp It Up provides delicious healthy meals, lodging and activities. Call 510-338-0370 for more information or go to

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Ongoing Groups

East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5

Registration: Click here!
When: Tuesdays, January 20, 27, 9-10:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Child and Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd., Oakland

Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click here!
When:  Saturday, January 17, 10am-12pm 
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

SF Parent-Child Play Group Ages 0-5

Registration: Click here!
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, January 26, 10:00 - 11:30am
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center, Day & Sanchez Sts., San Francisco


Queer Family Night  

Registration: Click here! Admission to Museum is FREE.
When: Wednesday, January 21, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco

Mamas and Papas East Bay

Registration: Click here!
When: 1st Wednesdays, February 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley

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Gay Future Dads

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Our Family Coalition advances equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy.

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