Join OFC and Men Having Babies at the Surrogacy Conference and Expo; discuss parenting and books at the Parents' Book Group; save the date for a workshop on donor origins; and more.
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This has been a truly momentous, historic year for LGBTQ acceptance and equality. From the Modern Family Act to the implementation of the Fair Education Act to our work with over 2,000 educators and after-school staff - I feel privileged to have been a part of this change. We still have much work to do, but change feels tangible. Now is our time ---for families; for justice.

I hope you will continue to support our work and our families by donating to Our Family Coalition.

Happy New Years!


Judy Appel
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

We’re teaming up once again with Men Having Babies for this full-day conference. Panels, workshops, and seminars will provide invaluable advice on the legal, medical, financial, social, and emotional aspects of surrogacy and egg donation. Meet providers and receive a private consultation at the Expo.

Registration: Click Here!
When: Saturday, January 10, 9am -6pm
Where: SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Parents' Book Group

Jennifer Senior's widely-read book All Joy and No Fun, turns the tables on parenting literature. Rather than examine the impact of parenting on children, she looks at the impact of parenthood on parents. It's validating, it's eye-opening, and it's fascinating, even if it's flawed here and there. Talk it up with fellow LGBTQ parents as your kids play and have storytime nearby.
To whet your whistle, check out this review of the book by gay dad Andrew Solomon in the New York Times.

Registration: Click here!
When:  Monday, January 12, 6-8pm
Where:  Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., San Francisco

Community Announcements

Fost/Adopt Webinar A Better Way
Wednesday, January 7, 12pm & 7pm
510-601-0203 x305 RSVP to register
Curious about becoming a foster or fost/adopt parent? Tune into this online webinar to find out about the children, process and requirements. 

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 here for families? Join our orientation to find out. RSVP Sharon 510-601-0203 x305 or

Oakland Unified School District Elementary Training on Creating LGBTQ Supportive Schools!
January 16, 8:30am - 3pm
Substitutes will be provided. This training is offered to OUSD ES staff. To register contact Olivia Higgins.

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 Festivalw Saturday 1/24/15 @ 3pm, at the 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.

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 6, 13, 20, 27, 9-10:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Child and Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd., Oakland

SF Parent-Child Play Group

Registration: Click Here!
When: 2nd and 4th Fridays, January 9, 23, 10:00 - 11:30am
Where: Upper Noe Recreation Center, Day & Sanchez Sts., San Francisco


Transgender Parent Support Group  

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

Our Family Forest: When my daughter documented her family tree for a class project, there were so many branches that it covered an entire poster board. Continue reading...

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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