Our History

The Midwest Alternative Family Alliance was founded in 2002 by a small group of people to act as a catalyst for social action on behalf of LGBT families.  Since then, the organization has been celebrating gay and lesbian parents, prospective parents and those who support them.  In 2005, MAFA became a 501c3 non-profit organization with a goal of providing a presence, a voice, and a way to connect with each other.  

Our Mission: 

To support LGBT parents in the greater Kansas City area and beyond to build families and raise children in a community that is respectful, encouraging and inclusive.  

Midwest Alternative Family Alliance

Our Members

MAFA families contain kids of all ages, from babies to toddlers to pre-schoolers to elementary schoolers to teenagers. Some MAFA parents are single and some are in permanent partnerships. Some are in the planning stages and preparing to start their families through adoption. Others are creating their families through donor insemination or surrogacy. Some have children from prior or current heterosexual relationships. Others are non-custodial parents who have regular visitation with their children. We come from the Kansas City metro region and from other cities and towns in the bi-state area, including St. Joseph, Springfield, Joplin, Lawrence, Topeka, and Wichita. MAFA welcomes extended family members,  friends, professionals from the community, and others who want to participate in events, contribute to the organization, or learn more. 

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