Get fancy with us at Night Out; Join us for the "Parenting the Multiracial Child" and "Creating Community" workshops, and many more events in our Transracial Adoption Series. Learn how to prepare fast, delicious, and healthy meals on a budget with OFC and Cooking Matters. And more!
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Staff Snippet: Get Fancy with us at Night Out!

Dear OFC family,

We are about 6 weeks away from our Night Out celebration and I hope that you plan to join us. Night Out this year will be on April 10, from 6 – 9pm at the InterContinental San Francisco. This event keeps getting better each year.  It is an inspirational event that celebrates Our Family Coalition and all of you.

The hysterically funny Alec Mapa (now of Switched at Birth fame) will be our emcee again this year. We will honor Huffington Post’s Gay Voices and Principal Leroy Gaines of Acorn Woodland Elementary School.

Come get fancy and party with us. Let’s have a drink together and toast to an amazing year. I promise you a great time!

Judy Appel, Executive Director

Open Position - Come Work with Us!

Our Family Coalition is looking for a parent/caregiver living in the East Bay to work with our programs team! This is a paid position. If you know anyone looking to work with our East Bay families for 5-10 hrs/week, please contact Please feel free to share with other parent or caregivers who may be interested! 

Upcoming Events

Colors of Our Family: Transracial Adoption Series

Parenting the Multiracial Child
: Click Here!

When: Tuesday, March 4, 6-8pm
Where: First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland

Creating Community
: Click Here!

When: Tuesday, March 11, 6-8pm
Where: SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Parents of Transracial Adoptees Speak Out
: Click Here!

When: Tuesday, March 18, 6-8pm
Where: SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St., San Francisco

Visit for additional workshops in this series: Adoptee Panel I (April 22) and Adoptee Panel II (April 29). Childcare provided with RSVP. Register today!

Family Planning Seminar for Men of the LGBT Community

When: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 6:30pm

Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), in partnership with Swirl Radio and Our Family Coalition, is offering a new seminar specifically designed to educate men of the LGBT community about fertility options and creating their family. RSVP in advance at


Cooking Matters: Learn how to prepare fast, delicious, and healthy meals on a budget

Sign up today for a FREE cooking class for LGBTQ families with children! Learn how to prepare fast, delicious and healthy meals on a budget. Children ages 6 - 12 welcome to attend. Childcare provided for children 0-6 years old.

Register: Click Here!
When: 5 sessions, Thursdays (March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10), 5:30-7:30pm. All class materials and cooking supplies included.
Where: Sha' ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St., San Francisco
Limited space, only a few spots left! RSVP required.

Become a Night Out Table Captain!

On April 10, 2014 Our Family Coalition will host its annual Night Out at the elegant InterContinental San Francisco.

Join us as Sponsor - opportunities start at $250.
Join us as a Table Captain - purchase or sell 10 tickets and fill a table with your friends and family for a fabulous Night Out. Contact Sandy Russell for more information.

For more information, email us at


Community Announcements & Events

LGBTQ Connection launching development program for emerging LGBTQ leaders in Solano, Napa, Sonoma & Marin Counties. More information on LGBTQ Connection.

Genderqueer Parent Study Participate in focus groups beginning early in March on the experiences of genderqueer parents. More info on the eligibility survey.

Submit fatherhood stories for Dads Behaving Dadly: Real Stories of the New Fatherhood Culture at by March 31st.

Get your taxes prepared for free with Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Trained tax preparers are helping thousands of local residents. Come visit us at more than 200 Bay Area locations. Your 2013 income must be less than $52,000.  To find a site near you, call 211 or visit

San Francisco Teens and YA (Young Adult) Mindfulness Classes: Fridays, March 7, 14, 21 from 4:00-5:30pm at The Center for Creative Expression, 300 Chenery St. San Francisco 94131. More info on the flyer.

Register now for #FPLA14 with code FPVIP for 20% off! You can book a FREE 1:1 with experts of your choice.


Ongoing Groups


East Bay Parent-Child Playgroup Ages 0-5  

Registration: Click Here!
When: March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 10-11:30am
Where: Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center, 2008 Park Blvd, Oakland

Mamas and Papas East Bay

Registration: Click Here!
When: 1st Wednesdays, March 5, 5:30-7:30m
Where: Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley


San Francisco Parent-Child Play Group Ages 0-5

Registration: Click Here!
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, March 10, 24, 10-11:30m
Where: Jamaroo Kids, 2001 Pine St., San Francisco


Transgender Parent Support Group  

Registration: Click Here!
When: 3rd Saturdays, March 15, 10am-12pm 
Where: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St.

Queer Family Night  
Registration: Click Here!
When: 3rd Wednesdays, March 19, 5:30-7:30pm 
Where: Children's Creativity Museum, 221 4th St., San Francisco

Connect with other families while your younger kids play in the toddler space and older ones engage in a fun activity. Admission to the Museum is FREE.

Be a Family Advocate

Join Our Family Coalition in the Family Advocacy Program for your Oakland School

Calling on all families to host events, programs, or activities that support their schools to: honor diversity; challenge gender stereotypes; stop name-calling and teasing. More info on the flyer.

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