About WAM & Fam

WAM & Fam has existed in some capacity for more than 20 years.

We initially started out as part of the Silver Spring chapter of the international MOMS Club for stay-at-home moms. After operating for several years, the MOMS Club decided the chapter had grown too large and in 2005 divided us into 4 smaller, separate groups.

Renamed the Silver Spring­–West chapter, our group continued to grow over the next few years. And after 2 of the other Silver Spring chapters closed, we began to receive membership requests from mothers, as well as fathers, within those regions and beyond. We wanted to open our doors to all part- and full-time stay-at-home parents and not limit membership to a small geographic location. 

To accomplish this new mission, our board and members unanimously agreed to dissolve the Silver Spring–West chapter, say farewell to the MOMS Club, and immediately form our own independent, private group in 2009. At the time, the majority of our members lived in or near Wheaton; thus, they voted to rename our group Wheaton Area Moms (WAM).

Today, while our members live primarily in Silver Spring, we also have plenty of mothers and fathers from Bethesda, Olney, Laurel, Takoma Park, etc. In addition, our membership has grown to include parents who work part or full time, as our group welcomes any parent looking for support.

To continue our mission of welcoming all families and family members, our membership voted in 2021 to change the name of our group to WAM & Fam.