2023 Family Gathering

We are excited to hold the 2023 FOP Family Gathering on November 16-18 in Dallas, Texas with an option for community members to participate virtually as well.

Over the past three years of virtual meetings, the global FOP community has come together like never before to learn with and from one another. The connection and collaboration we have witnessed throughout the virtual events drive us forward in our pursuit to provide better education, resources, and support. This year, we're excited to celebrate the theme Better Together as we celebrate the importance of human connection for in-person attendees and the continued sense of collaboration from virtual participants. Life with FOP presents a multitude of puzzling challenges. When the community shares their lived experiences and knowledge with one another we're able to put the pieces together.

Translation Support and Virtual Participation

We look forward to supporting the global mission of the IFOPA by providing professional translation in Spanish and prioritizing travel and lodging support for Spanish-speaking attendees who are in close proximity to Texas, including Mexico and other Central American countries. 

In addition to welcoming attendees in Dallas, we are excited to offer access to the same virtual platform we used during last year's virtual Family Gathering for members of the community who are not able to travel to be with us in person. We plan to provide professional translation support in Spanish and artificial intelligence translation in 21 languages for all virtual event attendees during general sessions and some community social events.

Family Gathering Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 16 – We will offer a workshop for adult siblings of individuals with FOP during the day. 

The Family Gathering will officially begin on Thursday evening with a reception and dinner welcoming families. 

Friday, November 17 – We’ll have a full day with presentations in the morning and breakouts in the afternoon. Ask a Doctor and Ask a Dentist meetings (pending clinician availability) will also take place on Friday afternoon and we will enjoy a dinner and interactive opportunities to connect on Friday evening.

Saturday, November 18 – Saturday will be the last day of general sessions in the morning followed by interactive, afternoon workshops. Ask a Doctor and Ask a Dentist meetings (pending clinician availability) will also take place on Saturday afternoon. Families will also have free time to enjoy nearby, off-site attractions independently on Saturday evening.

Sunday, November 19 – Sunday will provide additional time for Ask A Doctor and Ask A Dentists meetings (pending clinician availability.) Additional activities listed below will be offered until mid-day on Sunday.

Throughout the weekend participants will have the chance to participate in a variety of community activities such as donating to the IFOPA Biobank, visiting the Ability Toolbox center, sharing your FOP Story, shopping at the IFOPA store and having your photo taken by a professional photographer.

Travel and Lodging Stipends:

The deadline to apply for a travel and lodging stipend has passed. 

Questions about the Family Gathering?

We look forward to seeing many long-time community members and welcoming new families in Dallas in November 2023! If you have questions about the 2023 Family Gathering, please send us an email at [email protected] or contact Hope Newport, Family Services Manager at +1 (785)294-1607. Hope is also available to be contacted on WhatsApp.

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