EDUCATING, CONNECTING and SUPPORTING LGBTQ+ FAMILIES
RAINBOW FAMILIES NEWS
Nationally renowned foster care advocate Rob Scheer will address the 2016 Family Conference & Gathering.The biennial conference, presented by Pink & Blue Surrogacy and Fertility, will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. at Georgetown Day School (4200 Davenport St NW high school campus) in Washington, D.C.
Scheer is the founder of Comfort Cases, a charity that provides backpacks filled with basic necessities to support children in the foster care system on their journey to find home. Scheer received national attention after his family received backlash from conservative groups when his 11 year old daughter Amaya was feature in American Girl magazine. Scheer and Amaya used the opportunity to bring attention to the challenges faced by children in foster care and the great work Comfort Cases is doing to support them.
"I remember the first day Amaya came to stay with us. She was four years old, moving into her third foster home and carrying her entire life in a white trash bag," said Scheer. "Having experienced foster care myself, I was disgusted to see a child forced to carry around their things like they were garbage. We took her out to buy new clothes and she picked out a Cinderella nightgown."
"From that moment, I knew we needed to make a change," Scheer said.
Scheer founded Comfort Cases, a non-profit organization provides backpacks with essential items like toiletries, pajamas, activities and other items for children in foster care. The charity went from providing about 300 kits in 2013 to donating 7,000 to kids in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia foster care systems last year.
Rob is an outspoken advocate for children in foster care and speaks all over the country. He was recently honored at the Family Equality Council Impact Awards in Los Angeles, Calif.
Family Conference Overview
Held every two years, the RFDC Family Conference provides an opportunity for LGBTQ parents, family members and their children, as well as prospective parents, to gather for a day of learning, networking and fellowship.
The 2016 Family Conference will bring together hundreds of parents and families, expert panelists, service providers, businesses, schools and others interested in connecting with the Rainbow Families DC community. The event will include a full day of diverse workshops, as well as discussion groups, social events, and a resource fair featuring information and tools for LGBTQ families and prospective parents.
The conference also includes a Kids' Camp for children 2.5 years old through elementary school age. Kids Camp is a full-day of fun, engaging and nurturing activities led by energetic volunteers and a group of outstanding activity providers from some of the best programs in the DC Metro area. Older children are invited to volunteer to assist, engage and interact with the younger children at the conference.
Early Registeration Ends April 15. Registration Continues Through April 27 for Adults Only.
Early online registration is available through April 15 by CLICKING HERE. Registration fees are $40 per adult for Rainbow Families DC members and $50 per adult for non-members. Kids' Camp registration fees are $25 per child for members and $30 per child for non-members and must be made online. A family registration cap for those with four or more children is available-registration fees will apply to the first three children and the remaining children will be free.
After April 15, no registrations for Kids' Camp will be allowed.
Late online registration will available through April 27 for adults only and fees will increase to $45 per adult for Rainbow Families DC members and $55 per adult for non-members.
Onsite registration will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 for adults only; no onsite registration will be available for Kids' Camp. Onsite registration fees will increase to $50 per adult for Rainbow Families DC members and $60 per adult for non-members.
Rainbow Families DC wants to ensure both the 2016 Family Conference and Kids' Camp are financially accessible to everyone. If the cost poses a barrier to your family's participation, please email Rainbow Families DC to discuss alternative pricing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the 2016 Family Conference and Rainbow Families DC at www.rainbowfamiliesdc.org/conference.
Rainbow Families DC is pleased to announce renowned LGBTQ artist and activist Staceyann Chin will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Family Conference & Gathering. The biennial conference, presented by Pink & Blue Surrogacy and Fertility, will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. at Georgetown Day School (4200 Davenport St NW high school campus) in Washington, D.C.
Staceyann Chin is a fulltime artist who was born in Jamaica and now lives in Brooklyn. She has appeared on television and radio, including The Oprah Winfrey Show , CNN, and PBS, discussing issues of race and sexuality. Staceyann Chin has been an "out poet and political activist" since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe to one-woman shows Off-Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor's Across the Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working history and the pain of her mother's absence. In her book, "The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir", published in 2009, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds.
In 2011, she announced that she was pregnant by means of in-vitro fertilization with her first child, giving birth to a daughter in January 2012.
Staceyann Chin recently wrapped up her one-woman off Broadway show "MotherStruck", which was directed by Cynthia Nixon. "MotherStruck" sets forth Staceyann's personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a "serious, stable financial set up," but wants to have a child. Told through Chin's uniquely personal and poetic lens, this solo show explores how the process changed her life and how she makes peace with what she learns from this profound experience.
Early Registeration Ends April 15.
Rainbow Families DC is Proud to be a Community Partner for EveryQ's Family & Friends Weekend
When: Thursday, October 20-Sunday, October 23, 2016
Where: Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA
Come bring your family and friends as we celebrate LGBTQ families in a safe, family oriented environment. When you join us, you'll enjoy:
Each family that makes their reservation before April 1, 2016 will receive a free Water Park Gift Bag which includes toys and accessories valued at over $150. As an additional bonus - All rooms for the FAFW are up to 35% off regular Great Wolf Lodge prices.
Let's show our kids a great time! You don't want to miss this amazing event. Reserve your room today before they're all gone!
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & RESERVATION INFORMATION for EveryQ's Family & Friends Weekend
When: Tuesday, April 12 - 7:05 PM
Where: Nationals Stadium - Washington, DC
Registration Deadline: Wednesday April 6, 2016
In order to register for this event, you must be a member of Rainbow Families DC and log-in to your account.
If you're not a member, please join now to be able to register for this event and for future events. Membership is only $35/annually.
Join Rainbow Families DC for an LGBTQ Family Night OUT at the Nationals on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:05 PM. Tickets are FREE, but limited, and available on a first come, first serve basis to RFDC members. Please request tickets for your family only otherwise your registration will be canceled. Registrations exceeding the number of tickets available will be placed on a waitlist.
The Washington Nationals v. Atlanta Braves game is TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016 at 7:05 PM, at the Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for Family Night OUT at the Nats
When: Sunday, August 14 - 5 PM
Where: Lerner Town Square, Tysons Corner, VA
Group Rate Registration Deadline: Thursdsay, March 24
Group Rates: $69/Adult & $59/Child (12 and under)
Rainbow Families DC in partnership with the DMVGayDads FB Group has arranged group rates for this summer's Cirque du Soleil show "Kurios". These tickerts prices are only available on a very limited basis and there are limited seats. It irequires VERY advanced planning, but if you'd like to join us then be sure to secure your tickets today. The deadline is Thursday, March 24.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for "Kurios"
Rainbow Families DC is Proud to Join the DC Center as a Community Partner for FEC's Famly Weekend in DC!
When: Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27 - Dates & Times of Activities Below
Where: Various Locations in Washington, DC
Family Weekend in D.C. is Family Equality Council's (FEC) annual long-weekend event for area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) parents, their children, extended families, prospective families, and friends. Each year, FEC partner's with the Washington D.C. community (Rainbow Families DC & The DC Center) to bring even more family activities, programming and community building to an already exciting weekend.
FAMILY WEEKEND IN D.C. SCHEDULE
Friday, March 25th
7-9 PM - Free Family Dance Party at The DC Center. Meet our Outspoken Generation member and author, Tony Hynes.
Saturday, March 26th
9:30 AM - Meet up at Smithsonian National Postal Museum
1 PM - Meet up in front of Union Station and walk to Supreme Court and Capitol Building
5 PM - Meet up for dinner & free show at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage (show TBA)
Sunday, March 27th
10 AM - Meet up at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park
*Schedule subject change*
REGISTRATION IS FREE, BUT SPACE IS LIMITED. JOIN THE FUN AND REGISTER YOUR FAMILY TODAY!!
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER for All Activities or Just One During Family Weekend in DC
When: Sunday, November 8, 2015 - Time TBD
Where: Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA 20120
Please save-the-date and join us for a fun-filled day at the Cox Farm’s Pumpkin Madness Fall Festival on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Fun for all ages, this annual visit to Cox Farm includes pumpkin-smashing, hayrides, live music, farm animals, a corn maze, hill slides, and lots of other activities. The event is located at Cox Farm in Centreville, VA.
Stay tuned for more details!
When: Sunday, October 4 – 2-5 PM
Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
The Black Student Fund’s (BSF) Annual School Fair will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 2 to 5 PM at the Washington Convention Center.
The BSF’s Annual School Fair provides parents of pre-K through 12th grade students an opportunity to learn about participating independent school’s programs, community, admissions requirements and financial aid process. In addition, the fair features interactive seminars focused on the admissions process, the financial aid process and personal/family financial management. Since 2009, the BSF has worked in collaboration with the Latino Student Fund to connect Latino students to independent schools as well.
Rainbow Families DC will host a panel that afternoon regarding the experiences of LGBT families navigating independent schools in the metropolitan area.
To register for this free event and to learn more about the Annual School Fair by visiting the website HERE.
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Where: Wheaton Regional Park, 2002 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
Please come and join us on Saturday, September 26th for an informal playdate. Our play group will meet at Wheaton Regional Park where there is lots to do. Children can play at the playground (where we will gather), or take a ride on the carousel or train. Then we will gather for a snack/light picnic. Please bring something to eat for the kids and a lunch for yourself too!
This park is really appropriate for children of all ages (they have a tot playground, a larger kid play area and a sand area) and we welcome new members! If you weren't able to join us last month, please come out this time for a fun time!
Where: Wheaton Regional Park. Please note, this is a large park and there are 3 separate entrances! You will want to come in through the Shorefield Road entrance. This is the section of the park that has the carousel and train. (if you see an ice rink, you are in the wrong place).
We will gather up at the playground area. There are 2 picnic benches right by the playground where we will be stationed. You will not be able to see us from the parking lot, or even the picnic areas. You will need to go up the hill, behind the large kid play area to see the picnic benches.
When: 10:30AM -12:30 PM Play time followed by snacks/lunch.
Participation in the play group is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP so we can know how many families to look for. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!!
P.S. Cancelled in the event of inclement weather.
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