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MARCH 2016
Parents Night Out this Saturday
handynastyMeet up with PFP parents (and prospective parents!) on Saturday, April 2nd at 6:00pm at the Han Dynasty in University City at 3711 Market Street for a “Parents Night Out” dinner.

Free babysitting is available at the nearby Little Green Schoolhouse at 219 S. Melville St. for PFP members! RSVP to Sandra Telep by 5pm Friday, April 1 with the number and ages of kids to see if there is any more room available.

This dinner is a great way to chat with other parents, make friends, share experiences and eat a great meal! Cost is approximately $30/person plus drinks, depending on how hungry you are. 

There is free 3 hour parking in a garage behind the restaurant on Filbert Street. To reserve your spots for either babysitting and dinner or just dinner, e-mail Sandra Telep at

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Education Committee Seeks New Members

planningcommitteeThe PFP Education and Advocacy Committee is seeking new members to help plan biannual educational events and gather helpful resources to make available for our members.  

The committee will meet in person or via conference call up to four times a year. All are welcome and all levels of participation appreciated. 

Come help brainstorm, plan an event, host an event, contribute informational resources - whatever you feel comfortable contributing. 

To join or ask questions, please e-mail PFP Board Member and Education and Advocacy Committee Chair Paula Estornell at

Member Milestones
babyjoss2Congratulations to Laura and Jen Jennings on the birth of their first child, Joss Lynne Jennings.

She was born on March 16, 2016 at 2:58am and weighed 6lbs, 15 oz. 

The parents are over the moon, the baby is already smiling and everyone is enjoying the cuddles. 

Congrats to PFP members Dena Raphael and Jennifer Tartaro on their engagement.

The two were engaged on February 7.

If you have a milestone that you would like to share in an upcoming newsletter, please e-mail PFP Director Stephanie Haynes at

elmwood-park-zoo-300x194Saturday, April 2: Parents Night Out dinner for parents and prospective parents at Han Dynasty with FREE babysitting for PFP members courtesy of the nearby Little Green Schoolhouse. RSVP to

Saturday, April 9: Join PFP families at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown with discounted tickets.

cynwyd trailSaturday, April 16: Go on a spring hike with PFP on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail (pictured) at 2pm.

Sunday, April 17: Join new and expectant parents at a potluck in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. More info.

Saturday, April 23: Get together at the home of Rik and Anna-Sara Fire in Bucks County for a family potluck.

2016blackprideThursday, April 28: Volunteer at PFP's table at the annual Philadelphia Black Pride speakers panel #Unbothered at the Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square.

Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15: Our annual Great Wolf Lodge trip sold out our first booking, so we got three more rooms. If you'd like to go, please e-mail PFP Board Chair Kelly Durand at for the discount code.

Save the date: Philly Pride is on Sunday, June 12th this year. Save the date to ride the trolley in the parade with your family and join us at the Family Zone at Penn's Landing.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Twitter feed for more upcoming events.

Misconceptions About Marriage and Parentage
in Assisted Reproduction

by Tiffany Palmer
Am I a parent?

tiffany-new-croppedIf you and your spouse are using assisted reproduction to conceive and only one of you has a genetic connection to the child (for example, if you used an egg donor or sperm donor), will you both have full legal parental rights, recognized by all states? The simple answer is "no".

Laws surrounding legal parentage are incredibly complex. This is, in large part, because parental rights come from state laws which vary widely from state to state. And this complexity is compounded by advances in assisted reproduction that always seem to outpace the legal system.

Given this complexity, it is understandable many non-lawyers (and even many lawyers) mistakenly believe that any child born during a marriage will be considered the legal child of both spouses in all states.

Mistake #1: Relying on a Birth Certificate

Many people take comfort when a non-genetic parent’s name appears on a child’s original birth certificate. Many states, including Pennsylvania, will issue an original birth certificate in this way, based on how the birth mother completes the forms at the hospital when the baby is born.

But a birth certificate is not proof of legal parentage. A birth certificate is an administrative record of what a birth mother reports at the time of a child’s birth. It can be changed or amended if the information is determined to be incorrect in the future. For example, if, through DNA testing, her husband (or wife in the case of a same-sex marriage) is found not to have a genetic connection to the child, that person’s name can be taken off the birth certificate.

Read the rest of this article on the Jerner & Palmer web site.

Tiffany L. Palmer is a partner and founding member of Jerner & Palmer, P.C. whose practice is focused on family formation and dissolution for families using assisted reproductive technology and for LGBT families. Tiffany has received national recognition for her work in assisted reproduction law. She is also a past board member of Philly Family Pride.



Philadelphia Family Pride
2016 Board of Directors

Kelly Durand, Chair

Sandra Telep, Vice-Chair

Sandy Gilardi, Treasurer

Joel Nichols, Secretary

Paula Estornell, Education and Advocacy Committee Chair

Gina Cline, Fundraising Committee Chair

Gregory Hedler, Membership Committee Chair

Gregory Girdy, Event Programming Committee Chair

Bryan Berchok, Member-at-large

Nijah Famous, Member-at-large

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