Our first FOCS group gatherings.

06/29/2013
here is a collection of photos that tell our story from the beginning of our first FOCS gatherings in April 2013 with 14 new moms and our families.  we found there was such an immediate and resonating interest in local families of color to connect with other moms and create our space in a shared transformative journey of new experiences with our newborn babies and waddlers.

“Baby J is Filipina, African American, White & Native.  She’s strong & beautiful.  She has fire from both our sides and cultures.”

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weekly gatherings of seven newborns babies as big braddah cuddles & fawns over them.

“my grandmother helped raise me with manners and southern black culture, as my son will be raised by her also and learn the traditions I learned.”

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gatherings at columbia city farmers market grassy area. look for the dark haired group of moms and babies.

“it’s so important for our babies to be around other babies of color and multiracial, multicultural families.”

“my parents live near, so we have a multi-generational home Filipino American culture and their help and support is so essential as we start our family.  i was an non-profit ED and motherhood is a whole new world to learn.  It’s nice to know other mothers in a similar space.”

“we’re from the eastcoast, so our parents are all back home.  i’m so grateful that we can have our baby grow up with other babies of color and talk about race, culture & spirituality and have other families of color to raise baby S. with.”

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ALL FOCS potluck bbq. and did we throw down: turkish grilled meatballs, Korean chap-chae noodles, gramma’s fruit salad, Korean spicy pork, squash quinoa, MOJITOS, banana chocolate chip muffins, gorgeous poundcake, beer bread, grilled chicken… this is how we do!
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connecting transplant African American professional moms living in south seattle.
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Sri Lankan, Vietnamese and Black FOCS.
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multi-racial Asian toddlers.
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we have many JD & Ph.D families, like our Dominican dad and his partner, who is a Korean & Black MSW researcher.
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remember your best friend from childhood? the beginning of something remarkable.
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each one teach one.
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grilling flatbread & beets with honey.
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ten different races & ethnicities reflected in this little bundle of joy.
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uw professors & new parents holding their 9 month daughter.
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power lawyer couple and multiracial two month old daughter, who is Sri-Lankan and Turkish.
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mixed African American baby A. who joined FOCS at 8 weeks old.
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African American southend moms; vegan bakery business owner, elementary ed. teacher & civil engineer.
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baby massage workshop led by one of our moms as we enjoyed a backyard picnic gathering in Beacon Hill.
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Baby V, Vietnamese, Black & White joined FOCS at TWO weeks old!
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African American, White, Indian, Columbian, Sri Lankan, Turkish and Vietnamese multiethnic, multiracial babies.
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new best buddies at 17m & 21m.
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beautiful poster of an expecting mother of color at Essential Birth & Family Center in Seward Park.
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baby development and motor skills workshop with our friend and mid-wife, Jodilyn Owen, director and owner of Essential Birth & Family Center, Seward Park.
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“walking story,” healthy gatherings at Seward Park of moms talking about babies, family life, work, seattle and community happenings.

“I work from home as a consultant and finding the right balance between caring for my baby and doing my job right is a challenge, but it’s very meaningful and where we are.  I’m so thankful to have found the FOCS community to connect with other moms and talk about race & culture, anti-bias schools and find community.”

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from dragging & waddling to crawling & running together!
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17 months, 13 months, and 9 months waddling friends.
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Vitamin D finally for our brown babies.
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a rare moment of most awake and present.
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making first foods together; organic peas, carrots, yams, pear & apple sauce to eat fresh and freeze for our growing babies.
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Girls Night Out! last formal gathering of our 10 week-long group having a great night in Capitol Hill with fresh drinks, spicy food and sisterhood.
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as we wrap up our first FOCS group, moms are feeling empowered, loved and connected. they continue to gather for playdates and “walking story.” they now are our street team to continue growing FOCS and creating a buzz.
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connect with us and our growing community! photo by Meron Photography
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new mom groups starting in August, 2013. connect with us and other new moms.