our mission

Well Baby Center believes that every family deserves a place to feel supported, especially in the beginning.

By strengthening family connections, healing past traumas, and providing social support, we help families and communities thrive.

our core values

Well Baby Center is built on the belief that prevention and early intervention services provide the most effective path to transforming dysfunctional family systems. Unmitigated mental health challenges have far-reaching adverse effects on the family, particularly on the mother-infant relationship. 

Psychoanalyst and pediatrician Dr. Donald Winnicott famously stated that “there is no such thing as a baby. If you show me a baby, you certainly show me also someone caring for the baby.” Following this philosophy, we believe that early developmental support for the child must always include supporting parents during their transition to parenthood.


what’s at stake?

Untreated mental health issues can lead to long-term consequences

needs assessment

Over the last decade, Well Baby Center has established itself as a reliable community resource and since COVID-19, we have expanded our reach to provide online services for all Los Angeles residents.  We now provide full and partial scholarships to those in need, regardless of documented status, in both English and Spanish. Thanks to a generous grant from the Cedars-Sinai Community Benefit Giving Office we are able to continue providing free services to those most in need.

expanding our mission: the marian place project

After more than a decade of service to low and middle-income families, we are expanding our mission to include helping the most vulnerable families living in our city. Well Baby Center and Venice Community Housing Corp. have partnered to create a world-class pilot project to provide permanent supportive housing, including onsite clinical and parenting services, all at no cost to the families living there.

This child-friendly, community-based living arrangement will provide permanent housing and supportive services for approximately 20 resident women and children. Marian Place will be the model for other integrated, holistic affordable housing projects that will be replicated throughout Los Angeles. 

Having a passion both for conserving Los Angeles’ historic courtyard bungalows, and the repurposing of these iconic properties into healing living spaces, Well Baby Center’s founder and CEO, Dr. Deborah Groening-Rother, donated the Marian Place property to Venice Community Housing Corporation. Dr. Groening-Rother proposes that families who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, and other life challenges need a special environment to achieve recovery, resilience, and restoration.

Venice Community Housing will manage all aspects of the project, while Well Baby Center will provide all parenting and counseling services. Renovations for Marian Place and the Well Baby Center Annex will begin in 2021.

The Marian Place property as it is now, at the corner of Marian Place and Venice Boulevard South.

Site plan of proposed Marian Place project, preserving the footprint and character of existing bungalow residences while providing supportive housing for nine families. 

support our vision

By The Numbers

“We have the ability to make our community a better place and knowing that we are in it together helps keep us all going.” — Dr. Robert J. Watkins IV, Donor, Surgeon, Father

“You have created a really wonderful place for parents.” — Ed Tronick, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology, UMass Boston

In the next few years we envision shepherding more supportive, affordable housing communities with support from individual and major gifts from like-minded partners like you.

Due to the ever-increasing competition for public dollars, preventative services for families bear the brunt of financial cuts. As a society, we need to do much more to ensure that low income families with young children have a fair shot at a meaningful and healthy life.

By investing in Well Baby Center, you are putting your commitment to social responsibility into direct action. Your contribution will have an immediate and long-lasting impact on hundreds of families across the city.

You care deeply about promoting a more inclusive, healthy society and we have a proven track record of serving families toward this end. Together we can make history.

Our Financial Report is available upon request.