BENEFITS of MEMBERSHIP
Members of Rainbow Families have access to our Member Directory. This directory is a great way to connect with families whom you have met at events, but may have not exchanged contact information. Only logged-in members have access to this directory. Members have control of their privacy settings and the information available to other members. In order to access the directory, you must first log in to your account then click Member Directory.
Rainbow Families Members have access to our ever-growing list of LGBTQ+ friendly service providers and practitioners.
Rainbow Families provides this list in the hopes of connecting our individual community members with access to community resources. Rainbow Families has a desire to support queer (and queer-supportive) communities, businesses and resources. Often, queer individuals seek out care from other queer individuals who may better understand their lived experiences; this directory allows providers to identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
DISCLAIMER Our community resources are compiled through the feedback of many lived experiences of hundreds of individuals with varied and diverse backgrounds. Rainbow Families recognizes that every person has their own unique needs and experiences with providers and this does not represent the entire list of possible resources. The inclusion of organizations and individuals in this list does not in any way equate an endorsement from Rainbow Families. You should always conduct your own research to identify businesses and service providers that best suit your needs. We also recognize the complexities in seeking out ways to appropriately screen organizations and individuals in regards to their inclusive practices. While there is no perfect measure of community competency, Rainbow Families has conducted a screening questionnaire with all entities on our resource list in hopes of continuing the trend of increased competence in caring for the LGBTQ+ population.
Rainbow Families never sells space on our directory. We have proposed a small annual contribution from providers to assist us with managing the project and database. This is completely at their discretion.
Members-Only Facebook Group
Community, connection, and information sharing are fundamental to fulfilling our mission at Rainbow Families. Members have access to our closed Facebook group. Here, members can ask questions, seek advice, get support, and share parenting stories.
PLAYGROUPS - As a volunteer-driven organization, why not volunteer to organize a playgroup in your area? It's a great way to make connections in your local community. We are always looking for volunteers to help initiate playgroups throughout the DMV. Volunteers serve as the playgroup coordinator and help to welcome families who attend. As a volunteer, you determine the playgroup's date, time and location that works best for you, and we’ll help spread the word to families in your area. One-time commitments are always welcome!
If you are interested, post a playgroup on our Closed Facebook page, or e-mail Rainbow Families with "Playgroup" in the subject line.
Programs & Events
Rainbow Families offers several programs and organizes numerous events throughout the year for LGBTQ families and prospective parents. Programs include our Maybe Baby Class, Support Groups, Annual Family Conference and much more.
This level of membership exemplifies your support of and commitment to the mission, vision, and work of Rainbow Families. This level is typically comprised of parents, co-parents, guardians, caregivers, grandparents, and adult children of LGBTQ-headed families and prospective LGBTQ parents. However, anyone and everyone is welcome to join at this level.
This level of membership shows your support of LGBTQ-headed families in the DMV. This level is typically comprised of community members, service providers, educators, and teachers who are welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ-headed families. It also includes prospective LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ parents who are not yet ready for a full membership.
Lifetime ($500/One Time):
This level of membership demonstrates your long-term commitment to the mission, vision, and work of Rainbow Families. A commitment at this level enables the long-term viability of Rainbow Families to continue to serve as an indispensable resource for LGBTQ-headed families and prospective LGBTQ parents.