The Midwest Alternative Family Alliance (MAFA) brings together GLBT parents and families in the Kansas City area for networking and social events. MAFA held its first family picnic in 2007. It was so successful that the group now hosts two picnics per year. It’s a chance for the adults to get together in small groups while someone else babysits. Other activities have included Parents’ Night Out, bowling, skating, trips to the zoo, sporting events and play dates. As a social network, MAFA helps parents find playmates for the children and new friendships among the adults. Sometimes referred to as KCMAFA, the group includes members from the Kansas City metropolitan area and outlying towns and cities in Missouri and Kansas. Starting as a very small group 10 years ago, it later became a 501(c)3 organization, primarily based on social and support needs.