When you find your forever family... . . . ❤️ On Friday, @kidalliance hosted the third Adoption Day of this year, celebrating 150+ adoptions and children finding their forever families. As always, it was a very special day! . . . #AdoptionDay #ForeverFamily
#MomTipMonday sensory play is critical for babies’ brain development, and they also love to explore new textures and movements with their heightened senses. @redtricycle recommends filling up a plastic container with water, duplo bricks, baby wash, and sponges to let your child discover new tactile experiences. Or, make small containers of jello, and insert little toys, beans or rice into the mixture. Then, have your baby explore the textures and separate the objects from jello. We’d love to hear your sensory exploration tips, too! . . . 📸 @mskateegrace
This #SummerFunFriday, we’re featuring @californiasciencecenter. With free admission to the educational permanent exhibitions such as Air & Space and Ecosystems, and discovery rooms for young learners, the California Science Center is a hit for all ages. Check it out if you have the chance!
This week’s #SummerFunFriday features @thelastbookstorela. Located in DTLA, The Last Bookstore is a wonderful place for both adults and kids to rediscover the magic of books. The store also contains the Spring Arts Collective gallery shops, loads of vinyl records, graphic novels and rare art books. It’s a perfect place for the whole family to explore and enjoy! . . . 📸 @tom_bricker
AOM Co-Founder @julesleyser recently chatted with @jennaabdou1 of 33 Voices on how to identify and change patterns in your life that are no longer serving you. Give this episode a listen using the link in our bio. Thanks for hosting, Jenna! . . . #repost @jennaabdou1 ・・・ .@allianceofmoms Co-founder @julesleyser has a remarkable way of making the often daunting process of change feel not just approachable & attainable but actually inviting. From the power of a pure apology to breaking the habits that are holding you back, I’ve continued to reflect on her insights since our podcast & am so grateful to share it today! Interview highlights in my stories & podcast/recap link in bio ⬆️
#SummerFunFriday featuring a cost-free Build a Beast workshop at the Getty Center complementing the exhibition Book of Beasts. This Sunday, July 14th, take your little ones to create their own medieval beast in the Museum Courtyard with artists from the Mobile Arts Platform. Check out the link in our bio for additional workshop dates. . . . #repost @gettymuseum ・・・ Happy #InternationalMuseumDay! 🎨✨Celebrate by visiting the Getty Center this weekend and experience our latest exhibitions “Book of Beasts,” “Leonardo da Vinci,” and “The Wondrous Cosmos;" plus @sasamiashworth‘s outdoor concert for FREE 🎸🎶⠀ ⠀ We would also love to know all about YOUR memorable moments at the #GettyCenter—comment and share your Getty experiences below! 👇🏼⠀ ⠀ _____⠀ 📷 by @holidecks in the Getty Center’s Central Garden, designed by artist Robert Irwin | #gettyinspired #gettycenter #gettymuseum
#MomTipMonday picky eating is often a step in your child’s growing independence. @cdcgov recommends these tips to help navigate the pickiness. At the grocery store, let your kiddo pick a few produce items. Before making dinner, try giving your child some different options to choose from. Then, have your child help prepare dinner with you, and make sure the whole family eats the same meal. Do you have any strategies that have helped you?
Happy 4th of July from Alliance of Moms! Albert Camus once said, “Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” We hope you will join us as we work to make life better for expectant and parenting youth in foster care. #happyfourthofjuly
#MomTipMonday True cooperation is a shared effort—a give and take that is mutually satisfying. To develop a cooperative spirit in children, we can show them how our requests and rules help everyone. Let your child grow up experiencing the benefits of cooperation. Together you can set the table, play with and share toys, or wash the car. Point out the advantages of cooperating: “Look how fast we set the table. Now we have time to read a book before dinner” or “Didn’t you have so much fun playing with your friends? You were so great at sharing your toys!” ( @zerotothree)
Lanny Wilson led a father-centric workshop at A Day of Wellness, where the dads discussed connections between the way they were parented and the way they parent their children. Exercises in self-reflection and identifying certain emotions also helped fathers deepen their connection to themselves and their little ones. Lanny, we are so grateful we were able to work with you! . . . 📸 @mskateegrace
#MomTipMonday modeling gratitude helps little ones understand and begin to show appreciation in their lives. Try to show appreciation for your children, use the word grateful frequently, and share stories of gratitude and appreciation. Being grateful can help you see the best in your kids, and the world, ultimately teaching them to do the same @kinedu . . . 📸 @mskateegrace
#ICYMI our #RaisingFoodies this month was so much fun! Chef Courtney Storer showed us how to make a delicious dinner of roasted chicken, market vegetables, Japanese sweet potatoes with coconut glaze, arugula salad, and French yellow green beans with dijon mustard - with all ingredients donated by @grubmarket. At dinner, our clients and volunteers shared true tales of parenting trial and error, and the great feeling of hitting on something that works.
We are grateful for @ericachidicohen. She has lent so much of her expertise and time to create fantastic workshops for the expectant and parenting foster youth we serve. As the author of @thenurturebook, Erica creates the Nurture course online, an empowering guide to pregnancy, birth, and transition into motherhood. Now, Erica has made it possible to donate the online Nurture course to a new parent in need. Learn more in the link in our bio.
#MomTipMonday Get stARTed! From an early age, children learn hand eye coordination, movement and more based on the lines and scribbles they make and see on a page. To encourage your children to write and draw, make art a regular part of playtime, experimenting with a variety of materials. When they’re done with their piece, display their art on the wall, helping them to feel valued and important. ( @zerotothree)
At A Day of Wellness, Lashea Brown of @bwwla covered all different types of contraception in her Reproductive Health workshop. Clients did an exercise in thinking about their life goals and what they envisioned for themselves from a family, work and personal perspective. Thank you, Lashea, for leading such an empowering workshop! . . . 📸 @mskateegrace
There are so many benefits that come with reading rhyming books with your children: practicing patterns, recognizing rhythms, and improving memorization skills among others! Some of our faves: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket (Dr. Seuss), Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Eric Carle), Hush! (Minfong Ho), and The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson). Happy summer reading! #MomTipMonday ( @pbskids)
Our thanks to BGL Photobooths for giving their time at our Mommy & Me event at The Palisades Village. Not only did they take some adorable pics — they’re also former @kidalliance clients, and show up for all of our AOM events in support of our work. We’re excited to see @bgl_photobooths grow! For more information on their company, see the link in our bio. . . 📸 @mskateegrace
Last night, we hosted our second Raising Foodies event of the year. Our clients and volunteers cooked a wonderful meal with Courtney Storer of Jon & Vinny’s. Thank you @grubmarket for donating the ingredients to make this night possible!
We are so thankful for the tremendous support we received from our Day of Wellness sponsors: @tacomell and @smakkd_ catered delicious tacos, burritos, and juice; @bumpinblends provided smoothies and cookies; @snacknation donated wonderful snack boxes; @lovingme prepared beautiful love boxes for our clients, and @hopeinasuitcase put together amazing personalized gift bags for moms, dads and their children. Day of Wellness was a truly successful experience because of you all - thank you!
We hope you can join this group of lovely ladies @kodi_kitchen_berg @sparklepopmama @daniv24 @kiranasrat @erinyari for a morning of wellness on the beach in Malibu. There will be a workout, crystal readings, and a panel on how to bring more wellness into your daily life. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Alliance. Link in bio to RSVP!
At A Day of Wellness, @rhondasmithlcsw led a fantastic workshop discussing healthy relationships with the expectant and parenting foster youth who attended. In her workshop, Rhonda emphasized the importance of setting boundaries in all types of relationships. Rhonda, you are amazing, and we appreciate your support and expertise! . . . 📸: @mskateegrace
Balthazar & Rose is a social enterprise that strives to bring beautiful, useful gifts from the East to the West, bridging cultural divides with products that are socially responsible and embody powerful significance. For the month of May, Balthazar & Rose will be generously donating 25% of all sales to Alliance of Moms. Find the link to Balthazar & Rose in our bio and use code AOM at checkout.
We are loving these gorgeous photos of mentor and AOM member @shannondelaat and her mentee Aaniyah in their @smashtess “With Heart” Rompers. The two connected through our mentorship program with @imaginela. For information on how to become a mentor, email info @allianceofmoms.org . . . #repost @thevirtueproject ・・・ With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we couldn’t think of a better time to spread the love for one of our favorite non-profits, @allianceofmoms. These “With Heart” rompers worn here by our founder @shannondelaat and her young mentee (via AOM + @imagine.la’s mentorship program to support foster youth) can be purchased @smashtess. 100% of the profits will be donated to the alliance, who work to support and empower expectant and parenting youth in foster care. All mothers deserve to be loved ♥️ #mothersday 📸 @mskateegrace
We had an amazing weekend hosting our first Day of Wellness at @cocosouthla! Expectant and parenting mothers in foster care attended workshops addressing healthy relationships and reproductive health, while fathers attended workshops with an emphasis on self reflection. The youth left the day armed with self-care strategies and fantastic goody bags provided by The Book Foundation and @hopeinasuitcase. We are so grateful to our workshop leaders @rhondasmithlcsw Lashea Brown of @bwwla and Lanny Wilson of @repairfamily who lent their expertise to the youth and for our members who volunteered their time to make this day possible. . . . 📸: @mskateegrace
We are counting down the hours until A Day of Wellness at @cocosouthla! We are so grateful to our sponsors: @hellobello, @hopeinasuitcase, @tmclakewoodcenter, @smakkd_, @lovingmeunconditionally, @snacknationofficial, @bumpinblends, and #thebookfoundation. A Day of Wellness will be amazing thanks to your generosity!
#ThoughtsThursday ♥️ #RBG
@christinaperri is celebrating motherhood in our @smashtess “With Heart” Romper! 100% of the profits made from this campaign will be donated to Alliance of Moms to support expectant and parenting foster youth. Link in bio to purchase! ・・・ #repost @christinaperri ・・・ mamas!! may is national foster care month & mother's day. 100% of the profits from this "with heart" romper will be donated to @allianceofmoms who work to support and empower expectant and parenting youth in foster care. just in time for mother’s day, get your own @smashtess "with heart" romper (link in bio!!) because all mothers deserve to be loved!
This Saturday, we are introducing our first Day of Wellness for expectant and parenting moms and dads in foster care. @rhondasmithlcsw will lead the youth in workshops addressing healthy relationships and Lashea Brown from @bwwla will be discussing reproductive health issues. Lanny Wilson of @repairfamily will be leading workshops for young dads. Alliance of Moms members will volunteer, making sure the youth feel supported throughout the day. If you are a member and would like to attend, please DM us.
Alliance of Moms wishes all women a Happy Mother’s Day today and always #RaisingBaby
May is for celebrating mothers! It is also Foster Care Awareness Month. Thank you @goop for featuring us as your #GivingTuesday partner and raising awareness for expectant and parenting foster youth! . . . #repost @goop ・・・ This weekend may be Mother’s Day, but May is also Foster Care Awareness Month. So, for #GivingTuesday this week, we’re highlighting @allianceofmoms—a nonprofit within the Alliance for Children’s Rights that supports expectant and young parents with the Los Angeles foster care system. About 58 percent of young women in foster care experience at least one pregnancy by the age of 19 and in turn, their children have a higher chance of entering the foster care system themselves. Knowing that, Alliance of Moms aims to end the intergenerational cycle of foster care via several educational programs. One of which is called Raising Baby: A day of workshops with a focused curriculum on early brain development. Meanwhile, Raising Foodies includes healthy cooking classes along with easy, inexpensive ways to feed themselves and their children nutritious foods. We are so inspired by the groundbreaking work done by this organization. To learn more about the Alliance of Moms, follow the link in bio.
This Saturday, celebrate yourself and the mothers around you for a day of shopping at @fredsegalmalibu. 10% of all profits will be donated to Alliance of Moms. DM is to RSVP! Hope you can make it!
Clients of @kidalliance’s Healthy Teen Families program recently founded @photolicious_photobooths. Last week, Photolicious provided photos to attendees at our Palisades Village Mommy & Me event. Their adorable photo booth pics are fun and high-quality! For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so excited and proud of their endeavors!
Give this romper for Mother's Day and support young women and men in foster care who are navigating parenthood. 100% of proceeds from this @smashandtess romper support @allianceofmoms and empower Los Angeles's foster youth. . . . #repost @chudneylross ・・・ May is National Foster Care Month and Mother's Day! Callaway and I starting the snuggles and celebrating mothers everywhere in our matching @smashtess rompers and guess what? You can give back while getting cozy, too! 100% of the profits from this "With Heart" romper will be donated to @allianceofmoms who work to support and empower expectant and parenting youth in foster care. Just in time for Mother’s Day, get your own "With Heart" Romper (link in profile) because all mothers deserve to be loved! #giveback #allianceofmoms #smashandtess #mothersday #nationalfostercaremonth #momstagram #momssupportingmoms #dogoodbegood #mommyandme
Yesterday, we had so much fun celebrating the launch of our Spring Campaign @palisadesvillage! In the @coast_lounge we had our @smashtess “With Heart” Romper and @thelittlemarket Mombshell Purposefull tote. Our Spring Campaign is still in full swing, with 100% of profits from our rompers being donated to expectant and parenting foster youth. Link in bio to purchase! . . 📸: @mskateegrace
@odetteannable is romping our @smashtess ”With Heart” Romper, launching just in time for you to celebrate yourself, and the mamas around you for Mother’s Day! 100% of the profits from our rompers will be donated to Alliance of Moms to support expectant and parenting youth in foster care. #repost @odetteannable
We are so excited to announce the launch of our Spring Campaign! This year, we have teamed up with @smashtess to create the limited edition “With Heart” Romper. Your purchase will help support Raising Baby and the youth we serve in foster care. Link in bio for more info!