Debbie Sarmento

Debbie Sarmento

Family Resource Center’s Network of California Coordinator

Debbie Sarmento’s experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with her very premature twin daughters were a catalyst to joining with other parents to create a community-based NICU support group that was active for over 25 years. This grew into work with the Family Resources Centers Network of California, the California Association of Family Empowerment Centers, Partners in Policymaking, and numerous boards and committees. Becoming the grandparent of an Early Start services recipient has provided a bookend to her parenting experience and renewed her commitment to the importance of family support.