MOMSQUAD NAPA VALLEY
WE SUPPORT ALL FAMILIES
We acknowledge and celebrate that families are diverse. Families are made up of individuals with different races, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, histories of trauma, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc. Each family is unique and we recognize and celebrate our differences. By embracing all hearts and minds to enhance the parenthood experience, we serve the Napa community and our next generation of helpers and leaders. Our children are nurtured by parents, grandparents, stepparents, foster parents, partners and carers. The hope and realization of parenthood presents itself in different ways, including through loss, assisted reproductive technologies, adoption and surrogacy.
We see you.
We serve you.
We welcome your feedback.
Rainbow Play Dates
Rainbow Play Dates in Napa County are regular play dates for LGBTQ families, families of color, families with diverse family structures and allies to connect. Rainbow Play Dates happen on a regular basis at a local park on Sunday mornings and include LGBTQ inclusive story time, a craft, and snacks. All families are welcome. Please contact Anne Sutkowi-Hemstreet or join the closed Facebook group, Napa Valley LGBTQI Families and Allies.
Queer Parent Support and Advocacy
Family Equality Council's mission is to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. There are many good resources at this website, including personal stories, videos, and research articles about LGBTQ family building, information and stories about adoption to assisted reproductive technologies, and information about the laws that affect LGBTQ families.
COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents and caregivers into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.
Our Family Coalition aims to advance equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) families with children through support, education, and advocacy. Our Family Coalition Calendar of Support Groups, Education Workshops, and Play Dates for Bay Area LGBTQ parents and their kids.
Adoptive Parents of Children of Color
Pact, An Adoption Alliance is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve adopted children of color. In every case, the child is always our primary client. In order to best serve children's needs, we provide not only adoptive placement but lifelong education, support, and community for adoptees and their families on issues of adoption and race. Their calendar of events has many webinars, educational workshops, and support groups specific for families who adopt children of color or parents of color who adopt.
Black Maternal Health Rights
Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. We center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance was sparked by a partnership project between the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (SisterSong) that began in 2013. The two organizations collaborated on story collection on the obstacles that Southern Black women face in accessing maternal health care, leading to poor maternal health outcomes and persistent racial disparities. These findings were included in a joint report – “Reproductive Injustice: Gender and Racial Discrimination in U.S. Health Care” – submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
Listening to Latina Mothers in California
California has a larger Latinx population than any other state. It is home to more than 7 million Latinas, and Latinas accounted for nearly 50 percent of births in California in 2015.6 In addition to guiding state-level policymaking and practice, the Listening to Mothers in California survey results have implications for better serving pregnant and parenting Latinas.
Local Support for Latinx Families
Puertas Abiertas works hand in hand with Latinos to inspire and achieve healthy living, self-sufficiency, and opportunities for leadership and community engagement. Puertas Abiertas provides direct support as well as guided referrals and access to healthcare and social service providers, connecting clients to local nonprofit and government organizations that provide medical, dental and mental health services.
Medi-Cal application assistance
Women's Support Group
Couple's Support Group
Self care workshops
Individual Counseling Service
Parenting After Infertility or Loss
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, is dedicated to ensuring that all people challenged in their family building journey reach resolution through being empowered by knowledge, supported by community, united by advocacy, and inspired to act. Resolve has a great database of peer led support groups on topics related to infertility, parenting after infertility, adoption, etc.
Interested in starting a support group?
If you are an LGBTQ parent, adoptive parent, parent who has experienced infertility or loss, or have a family of color and are interested in starting a local support group, please contact Anne Sutkowi-Hemstreet.