BENEFITS of MEMBERSHIP
As a member of Rainbow Families, you can access a directory of members. This directory is a great way to connect with families whom you have met at events, but with whom you did not have the chance to exchange 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 and then click on Member Directory.
Rainbow Families Members have access to our ever-growing list of LGBTQ+ friendly service providers and practitioners.
Rainbow Families provides a referral 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
coordinates with members to organize regional playgroups throughout the
DMV. We are always looking for members to volunteer to help organize a
playgroup. In an effort to help families connect in between playgroups,
we have online playgroup forums. Be sure to "subscribe" to the
playgroup forum thread so you can stay on top of the latest in your
area! In order to access the playgroup forums, you must first log in to
your account. Learn more by clicking on Support & Playgroups
Community, connection, and information sharing are fundamental to fulfilling our mission at Rainbow Families. Therefore, members have access to forums where they can ask questions, seek advice, get support, and share parenting stories. These forums provide a local, safe, supportive, and welcoming online environment for our members. You must first log in to your account then click "Forum" to start connecting with other Rainbow Families members.
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.