New decade, new year,
new beginnings (& new look!)
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else."
~ Fred (aka Mr.) Rogers

Hello, 2020! We're bringing our mission into sharper focus, and rededicating ourselves to what matters most to the community we're here to serve.

Part of that sharpening is this monthly e-newsletter, which will feature content we used to direct to our quarterly print newsletter. New decade, new, more earth- and labor-friendly way to spread the OFC news.

For those of us who still post things on our fridges: we'll still produce and distribute a PDF and print Quarterly Event Calendar. We'll be regrouping in January, and hope to roll out our Winter Calendar in early February.

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Ch-ch-changes

Another part of that focussing process entails staff transitions. In 2019 we saw some old friends moving on, some of us moving up internally, and some great new energy joining our team. In the fall we were fortunate to draw from our own OFC family community for our new Family Programs Director Cheryl Lala.
We're looking to you, our community again, as we fill our recently re-opened East Bay Programs Coordinator position. Bryce Celotto's time with OFC was sweet but short, and we wish him well as he heads to new opportunities. The East Bay Programs Coordinator position is now open, and we can't wait to meet the next critical member of our rock star Programs team. Spread the word!

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Men Having Babies

January means a return of Men Having Babies' Annual San Francisco Surrogacy Conference & Expo, held at the Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel from Friday, January 17 through Sunday, January 19th.

This is our seventh year providing support on this one-of-a-kind event, at which nearly three dozen experts, professionals, parents, surrogates, even teenagers who were born via surrogacy, share priceless wisdom in intimate workshops over the course of two days.

Register early: it's $75 in advance but $95 at the door. (Event proceeds go to OFC and to MHB's Gay Parenting Assistance Program , which provides financial support to eligible prospective parents).


What do you look for in a website?

We're taking the whole new year, new beginnings, new look theme seriously, and are launching a website revamp!

We want it to serve you : would you let us know what you want in a new and improved ourfamily.org?

Email us at media@ourfamily.org!
Or better yet, take this spiffy 5-minute survey:
[For further information or to RSVP for the groups & events below, please click the more about links]
• QTPOC Parents Support Group
2nd Tuesdays: Jan 14, 6-8pm
OFC Office, 1385 Mission St. #340, SF

• OFC Parent Advisory Council
2nd Wednesdays: Jan 15, 6-8pm
OFC Office, 1385 Mission St. #340, SF

• Toddle with Me LGBTQI+ Family
Playtime 3rd Saturdays: Jan 18, 4-6pm
Recess Collective, 2226 Taraval St., SF

• Drop-In Support for LGBTQI+ Parents
4th Tuesdays: Jan 28, 6-8pm
OFC Office, 1385 Mission St. #340, SF
• L-Word Generation Q: Screening &
Discussion
Mondays, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, 6-8pm
OFC Office, 1385 Mission St. #340, SF

Note: please register in advance so we can properly staff the childcare!

2020 Surrogacy Conference & Expo
Friday, Jan 17 - Sunday, Jan 19
Marines Memorial Club & Hotel,
609 Sutter St., SF

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Events are added on a rolling basis, so check our online calendar to see the latest!
Host Homes at the SF LGBT Center is an innovative, community response to youth housing crisis. LGBTQ+ young adults (18-24) are paired with temporary San Francisco community hosts and receive case management services to help them secure stable housing.

For further info: Call Karessa Irvin, Host Homes Program Manager, at 415-865-5541 or email HostHomes@sfcenter.org.
JOIN OFC AT THE JCC
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California St., SF

Tuesday, January 21, 7pm

In her new book Boys & Sex , Peggy Orenstein reveals how young men understand and negotiate the new rules of physical and emotional intimacy, drawing on extensive interviews with young men and subject matter experts. 

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Saturday, February 1, 2-5pm

This clinic, hosted by Transgender Law Center, offers help filling out legal name and/or gender change court forms, including fee waiver requests, as well as applications to change name and gender markers on Social Security cards, passports, driver's licenses and birth certificates. Wherever you are in the process, get answers to your questions here.
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Amplify . • Genentech • Johnston, Kinney, & Zulaica, LLC • Katherine Delmar Burke School
Northwest Surrogacy Center • ORM Fertility • Reproductive Science Center • Room & Board
SF Human Rights Commission • Steve Disselhorst & Lorevic Rivera • Verizon