2024 Family Gathering

Save the Date for the 2024 Family Gathering in Denver, Colorado

We are excited to announce that the 2024 FOP Family Gathering will be held November 7-9 in Denver, Colorado

The Family Gathering rotates around the country to minimize the travel distance for FOP families across the US. This year, we are excited to bring it to Denver, Colorado for the first time! We look forward to seeing the FIVE FOP families who live in the Denver area and welcoming many more families from across the US who we hope will join us. 

Family Gathering Agenda

Thursday, November 7 – The Family Gathering will begin on Thursday evening with a dinner that includes a welcome presentation from the IFOPA staff.

Friday, November 8 – We’ll have a full day with presentations in the morning and interactive discussion groups and workshops in the afternoon. Ask a Doctor and Ask a Dentist meetings will also take place on Friday afternoon.

Saturday, November 9 – Saturday will be the last day of general sessions in the morning followed by a special afternoon community event. Ask a Doctor and Ask a Dentist meetings will also take place on Saturday morning.

Sunday, November 10 – Sunday will be an additional day of Ask A Doctor and Ask A Dentists meetings (if necessary.) Families who are traveling by air will be prioritized to be seen on Friday or Saturday.

The Fun Zone (our designated child-care space) and the Teen Zone (for participants between the ages of 13 and 18) are open to our youth participants during Friday and Saturday sessions and activities.

Throughout the weekend participants will have the chance to participate in a variety of community activities such as participating in the IFOPA Biobank, exploring the Ability Toolbox display, shopping at the IFOPA store and having your photo taken by a professional photographer. 

Registration Timeline and Registration Rates

Registration will open on Wednesday, May 1.

The deadline for registration refunds is Monday, October 28. After this date, the IFOPA will not be able to make changes to food and beverage orders at the hotel. Registration fees are applied to those costs.

We seek the support of generous sponsors and donors to make the Family Gathering as affordable as possible. 

  • Person with FOP – Complimentary registration
  • 1st family, friend or caregiver – $100
  • All other guests 16+ – $150 per person
  • All other guests 5 to 15 – $75 per person

Wheelchair Accessible Airport Shuttle

During registration, you will be asked to share if you need assistance traveling between the Denver International Airport and the conference hotel. The IFOPA will offer airport transportation (to and from the airport) for families free of charge. Individuals who will be traveling with a wheelchair will receive priority. We cannot guarantee that non-wheelchair users will be accommodated as there are other transportation options (Uber, Lyft, taxi services) available to those attendees. 

Hotel

The IFOPA will offer a special room block at the event hotel at the rate of $129/night. After completing registration you will receive an email with a link to an IFOPA-specific web page where you can book hotel accommodations under our room block. Reservations must be made by October 15 to get this rate

Virtual Participation

We have LOVED having community members from the US and abroad join us as virtual attendees for the US Family Gathering over the past four years. However, due to a significant decline in live participation in the virtual Family Gathering, this year's event will not be streamed live for virtual attendees. Instead, we plan to offer some new virtual events in mid-November and/or early December. If you have suggestions, please email us at [email protected].

In addition, and pending permission from presenters, we will post sessions from the Family Gathering on the IFOPA’s YouTube channel following the event so that FOP community members from around the world can watch at the most convenient time for them, as well as access YouTube-provided translation services. There will be opportunities for those who can’t attend in person to submit questions that may be asked during the live event.  

Travel and Lodging Stipends

The window to apply for a travel and/or lodging stipend has closed. If additional funds become available, the IFOPA will update the FOP community and encourage all eligible applicants to apply.

Curious to See What a Family Gathering Looks Like? Check Out the 2023 Highlights Video!

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