Who is this for?
This fund centers Black parents/caregivers. We hold “Black” and “parent/caregiver” expansively. “Black” from across the African-diaspora (African from the continent, African American/US-born, Afro-Latinx, from the Caribbean, mixed race, etc). “Parent/Caregiver” includes those who play a primary caregiving, childrearing, raising, and nurturing role to Black children (both biological and non-biological). Given this context please describe your identity as a “Black parent/caregiver.”
How do I select my healing practitioner?
Complete the short application, ranking your top 3 healing preferences. While every attempt will be made to match you to your top choice, slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
How will I connect with the healing practitioner?
Once you are matched, Parenting for Liberation will connect you with your practitioner to schedule your session.
Do I have to pay for this session?
Costs of sessions have already been arranged directly between Parenting for Liberation and the healing practitioner.
How long will my session take? How do I prepare?
While each practitioner has their own practice protocols, healing sessions generally average 60 minutes. Similarly prep for each practitioner will be different. If your practitioner is using a platform that you are not familiar with, download and practice before your session. Please ensure you are in a safe space where you feel comfortable being open and sharing. If possible seek a place with some privacy for your session.
After I complete my session, what do I do?
Following your session, Parenting for Liberation would love to receive your feedback about your experience. We can schedule a short 10 minute phone call or you can complete a short online form.
I liked the healer and I’d like additional sessions. Can I sign up again?
We hope to support as many parents as possible and therefore can only commit to one session per person. However, you are welcome to work directly with the healing practitioners to discuss their rates and the possibility of continuing your work with them.
Why a focus on healing work?
The late great Black queer feminist mama, Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” We believe that Black parents/caregivers creating space in their day to explore their own healing and self-care is an act of political warfare against a society that attempts to strip away at our humanity and the life of our children daily.
Parenting for Liberation’s focus on healing justice as an investment in Black families and our liberation. We intentionally brought together Black healing practitioners who offer expansive modalities (re)connecting Black parents/caregivers to healing practices that are rooted in returning to community, ancestral care, movement and body.
Also data collected by BEAM reveal that Black people are 7 times more likely to live in areas with limited access to mental health care and there is a shortage of black mental health providers, and only a third of Black people who need mental health services receive treatment.