Support and Resources for

LGBTQ+ Parents, Prospective Parents &

Family Building Professionals

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Creating Kin 

Mission: Increasing access to inclusive support and resources for LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents and family building providers to promote better outcomes for LGBTQ+ families.

 

We do this by offering support groups during this major life transformation to reduce health disparities, feelings of isolation and allow a space to connect with local resources.

 

We are dedicated to creating a network of family building providers, committed to offering evidence-based information, financially accessible services and culturally competent, affirming support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer parents and prospective parents.

 

We organize provider trainings and host networking/community events to foster accountability and connection.

 

Vision: A world where all LGBTQ+ families are seen, heard and supported.

 

We imagine a community which recognizes, protects, and values every person wishing to become a parent, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, origin, socioeconomic status, capacity or intersection of multiple marginalized identities.

 

We see a future where every parenting path; assisted reproduction, surrogacy, adoption, foster care or any other means is met with supportive providers to ensure families experience better outcomes in areas of mental, emotional and physical health, thereby creating a positive impact on the next generation and society as a whole. 

A recent Family Equality Council (FEC), LGBTQ Family Building Survey, found that the number LGBTQ millennials considering/actively trying to grow their families has increased by 44% yet inclusive support is still challenging to find. Creating Kin increases this access in multiple ways. As members of FEC’s National Network of LGBTQ+ Family Groups, we partnered with The San Diego LGBT Community Center to offer two monthly Support Groups for LGBTQ parents/prospective parents.

 

Support Groups

 

1st Monday Group: is a processing group peer led but guided by licensed marriage and family therapists who specialize in LGBTQ+ family building. The path to parenthood isn't always straight. Sometimes plans change, or we experience grief and loss along the way. This group focuses on the deeper challenges that may arise and is a brave space to express and share in a supportive and inclusive environment. 

FREE | 530pm- 6:30pm

Drop in group (RSVP encouraged)

Peer Led 

Co-Facilitated by:

Kristen Carvajal-Witek, LMFT

Ashley Saverino, Doula + Educator

and other psychologists, clinicians from our community!

 

4th Monday Group: focuses on education, information, resources and community building. We invite inclusive providers in as guest speakers to share information and answer questions.

We also discuss topics that apply to all paths to parenthood and all parts of the parenting journey and encourage attending groups whether topics relate to your specific path or not ​to foster learning, and peer support. 

FREE | 5:30-630pm

Drop in group (RSVP encouraged)

Co-Facilitated by:

Ashley Saverino, Doula + Educator

Kristen Carvajal-Witek, LMFT

*Some Topics Include (not limited to)

  • Self Care for your path to parenthood

  • Communicating with family and friends about your parenting journey

  • Tips for making important decisions

  • Integrative support and alternatives

  • Steps to choosing inclusive care-providers

  • Nurturing relationships and reconnecting with your partner(s)

  • Adoption

  • Foster Care

  • Acupuncture and Naturopathic Medicine for Fertility

  • Doula Support ~ before, during + after ~ 

  • Surrogacy

  • Legal rights and protections

  • Trans fertility and birth

  • Childbirth Education

  • Midwifery Care 

  • Nursing and postpartum considerations for trans and gender non conforming gestational parents

  • Postpartum and new parenthood considerations and support 

  • Parent Leave and work related concerns

Co-Facilitated by:

Ashley is an educator, doula and holistic health practitioner who has been working in the fertility, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting world for over 8 years. 

Kristen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is also very passionate about supporting people on their path to parenthood.

 

Their personal journeys have been different but one thing was very similar, their need for more support and resources from the very beginning and each step of their process. Searching the internet far too often felt overwhelming.

 

We know we have so much to learn from all of you and we hope to connect you with amazing resources and inclusive providers to support your journeys and hopefully make some lasting friendships along the way.

Creating Kin Collective

Creating Kin Collective Membership

(LGBTQIA+ Family Building Providers)

$0-$10 (per month)

We ask that you contribute what you can. If able to pay the max ($10), this helps us offer this membership free for QTPOC and not turn anyone away for lack of funds)

Collective Membership Includes:

  • Access to monthly (online) C.K Collective peer support meeting

  • Profile Highlighted on our Social Media

  • Listing on C.K online directory

  • Discount code for Family Equality’s online inclusivity training

  • Access to scholarships for trainings/continued education opportunities

organized/hosted by Creating Kin

  • Speaking and panel opportunities for Creating Kin Events (Resource Fairs/Resource Groups etc.)

  • Free entrance fee for Resource Fairs

  • Access to private C.K. Collective FB group, closed for queer and trans providers in San Diego

  • Access to private, expanding FB community and closed IPN group for Family Building Providers

  • Includes IPN membership and ongoing networking events

 

Inclusive Provider Network (IPN)

(NON LGBTQIA+ Family Building Providers)

$5-$15 (per month)

We ask that you contribute what you can. If able to pay the max ($15), this helps us offer collective memberships free for QTBIPOC and IPN memberships free for BIPOC)

IPN Membership Includes:

  • Access to expanding community of local family building providers and ongoing networking events (encourages accountability and an inclusive, brave learning/unlearning environment

  • Access to private/closed IPN group for IPN Family Building Professionals

  • Listing on C.K. online directory

  • Discount code for Family Equality’s online inclusivity training

(We highly encourage folks to take this training before being listed on C.K. directory if they have not received current inclusivity training. By taking their course, folks will also be listed on Family Equality’s online national directory)

  • Access to trainings/continued education opportunities

organized/hosted by Creating Kin (scholarship opportunities available for queer, trans, gender non-conforming, and/or people of color)

  • Guest Speaker opportunities (for C.K. Resource Groups, Events and Resource Fairs etc.)

  • Discounted fee for C.K. Resource Fairs

Provider Networking Events: 

 

Our provider networking events are held every other month on Wednesday evenings. This is a fun way to meet and connect with other providers and the best way to learn more about becoming a member or getting involved with Creating Kin. 

Supporter/Sponsor Membership

Anyone who wants to contribute to the LGBTQ+ community and to Creating Kin

$5-$25 (per month)

Sponsorship Supports:

  • Website improvements and maintenance

  • Community outreach

  • Continuing education for family building professionals who are dedicated and passionate about providing LGBTQ+ affirming, competent, inclusive care.

  • Increases access to support and resources for the LGBTQ+ community that directly impacts experiences during the family building/growing journey


Add your name and email to our list to receive Creating Kin updates, become a member, and/or

sign up for support groups: 

 

Fertility

We offer fertility doula support and wellness sessions for those trying to conceive and anyone (partners, co-parents and intended parents included) moving through the ins and outs of the trying to conceive process. Learn more about fertility doulas, massage, reiki sessions, fertility wellness classes, and support groups!

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Birth

Our Childbirth Education Classes help you prepare for birth and parenthood! We offer a complete Cornerstone approach to birth education that is inclusive of all birthing people and all parenting paths.  

Learn more about our most popular treatment, birth prep massage session  and more about our unique birth support such, as day of birth, labor massage and birth doula support.  

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Pre-Parenting

We recognize that there are many

paths to parenthood! We provide inclusive, affirming care for prospective parents on assisted reproduction paths, surrogacy journeys or those planning for foster care or adoption. We hope to be a space to recharge and retreat to during this process, while also, finding resources and support along the way.

Learn more about Creating Kin!

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Postpartum 

We offer postpartum doula support and postpartum prep classes for families settling in to the first 6 weeks with a new baby(ies).

We also offer treatments after birth (or for anyone navigating early parenthood) as a way to encourage you to nourish your whole self as you care for your little one(s). Learn more about infant massage classes and all the support options and resources we offer. 

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Pregnancy

Our highly experienced certified perinatal massage therapists specialize in the full spectrum of perinatal wellness.  

Our hatch package allows you to schedule your perinatal massage sessions based around your estimated "due" date and individual needs at a discounted rate so that you can come in more often throughout this transitional time. 

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Parenthood 

We know the postpartum period (or early months/first year with a new babe) can be quite the transition. Hopefully, it's filled with a lot of support but it's often after the new normal has settled in, we find we still need that support and community. We offer ongoing wellness sessions for parents, as well as, support groups and community events to encourage us all to find our support systems. 

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"If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it-through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated."

-Victoria Moran

We offer a diverse list of support for every stage; preparing for parenthood, becoming parents for the first time or doing it all over again.

We hope you find a space here to pause + recenter so you can go back out, experience wonder and spread your joy. 

 Contact Us

8080 La Mesa Blvd

Suite 113

La Mesa, Ca 91942

 

SD Family Wellness is located on the corner of Acacia St.

& La Mesa Blvd.

 

Parking lot

behind our building (off Acacia St.) for you to park in any space without a #.

 

Once you walk into courtyard, you'll see us on first floor. 

Please contact each individual practitioner to make an appointment or set up a free consultation: 

Our Team

 

For general info, please fill out this form or call: 

Office Tel: 619- 770 - 8692

Nothing on this site should be taken or seen as medical advice. Please consult you doctor if you have any medical related concerns.