Young people + birth parents + relative caregivers

= working together to drive change in foster care.


We are the constituents of the child welfare system. Our campaign is dedicated to ensuring the voices of those with first-hand experience are heard. 

Join the movement!

If you believe the voices of youth, birth parents, and relative caregivers must inform child welfare policies, join us! You'll receive updates about Family Voices United, including regular opportunities to share your perspective.

Share Your Perspective: Discrimination in the Child Welfare System

Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! If you are a current or former foster youth, parent, or relative/kinship caregiver - share your voice - and you could... (Read more)

Published Oct 8, 2020

Family Voices on Discrimination in the Child Welfare System

Listen as Family Voices United members share their experiences with racism and discrimination in the child welfare system, their vision of an anti-racist system. Click here to listen... (Read more)

Published Sep 22, 2020

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“What is needed to ensure school reopenings are safe and equitable for children and families who are most impacted by COVID-19?”

Family Voices United asked current and former foster youth, parents, and kinship and relative caregivers: What is needed to ensure school reopenings are safe and equitable for children... (Read more)

Published Sep 10, 2020

Podcast: Family Voices on School Reopening

Listen as Family Voices United members share their concerns, supports needed, and suggestions on school reopening. Click here to listen ! Podcast Features: Natalie Clark, FosterClub Young... (Read more)

Published Aug 17, 2020

What is needed to ensure school reopenings are safe

Share Your Perspective: Supports for families during school reopenings

Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! If you are a current or former foster youth, parent, or relative/kinship caregiver - share your voice - and you could... (Read more)

Published Aug 11, 2020

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“As states move towards reopening, what supports would help you and your family make that transition most successful?”

As states move towards reopening, what supports would help you and your family make that transition most successful? Family Voices United asked current and former foster youth, parents, and kinship... (Read more)

Published Jul 9, 2020

New Resource for Birth and Foster Parents

New Practice and Policy Tools to Improve and Encourage Birth and Foster Parent Relationships! The Children's Trust Fund Alliance is introducing two resource tools: The Birth and Foster Parent Partnership:... (Read more)

Published Jul 2, 2020

Family Voices United Constituent Voice Assessment Toolkit

Now more than ever it’s essential for organizations, and agencies to create a continuous opportunity for the voices of young people and families involved in/with the child welfare (and prevention)... (Read more)

Published Jul 2, 2020

Podcast: Family Voices on Self-Care During a Crisis

Listen as Family Voices United members share self-care lessons and practices. Learn how constituents are taking surviving, prioritizing self-care, and supporting eachother during a crisis. Click here to listen!... (Read more)

Published Jun 15, 2020

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Share Your Perspective: Supports for families during COVID-19 state reopening

Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! If you are a current or former foster youth, parent or relative/kinship caregiver - share your voice - and you could... (Read more)

Published Jun 3, 2020

Title Constituent Role Topic Location Published
Share Your Perspective: Discrimination in the Child Welfare System Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Prevention 10/08/20
Family Voices on Discrimination in the Child Welfare System Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth 09/22/20
“What is needed to ensure school reopenings are safe and equitable for children and families who are most impacted by COVID-19?” Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Kinship, Mental Health, Older Youth 09/10/20
Podcast: Family Voices on School Reopening Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Pregnant & Parenting Youth, Prevention 08/17/20
Share Your Perspective: Supports for families during school reopenings Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent Pregnant & Parenting Youth, Prevention 08/11/20
“As states move towards reopening, what supports would help you and your family make that transition most successful?” Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 07/09/20
New Resource for Birth and Foster Parents Birth Parent, Foster Parent 07/02/20
Family Voices United Constituent Voice Assessment Toolkit Organization/Advocate Prevention 07/02/20
Podcast: Family Voices on Self-Care During a Crisis Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Organization/Advocate Prevention 06/15/20
Share Your Perspective: Supports for families during COVID-19 state reopening Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Prevention 06/03/20
“When a youth leaves a foster care facility or institutional care (like a treatment center), what supports will be most helpful for them to integrate back into a family setting?” Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Congregate Care, Prevention 05/29/20
“What are the EARLY warning signs that a family might be approaching a crisis?" Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 05/22/20
FosterClub Press Release: Young People from Foster Care Hit Hard by COVID-19, Lack Resources and Connections to Weather this Storm Youth/Alumni, Organization/Advocate Older Youth 05/13/20
Share Your Perspective: Crisis support for families Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 05/05/20
Birth Parent National Network Webinars Birth Parent Mental Health 04/24/20
What are the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting you and/or your family? Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate 04/14/20
Podcast: Family Voices on COVID19 Crisis Impact & Resources Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth 04/06/20
FosterClub Press Release: Youth from Foster Care Thrown into Crisis During Pandemic Youth/Alumni, Organization/Advocate Older Youth 03/28/20
COVID-19 RESOURCES & GUIDANCE Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 03/27/20
Share your perspective: What are the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting you and/or your family? Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 03/26/20
What do attorneys representing families in court proceedings need to know to keep families together? Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver 03/20/20
What's needed to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for the children they are raising? Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Organization/Advocate Kinship 03/05/20
Share Your Perspective: Supporting young people and families involved in juvenile justice and child welfare Organization/Advocate Older Youth 02/26/20
Share Your Perspective: Parent Partners Organization/Advocate 02/06/20
Podcast: Family Voices on Constituent Engagement Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver 01/05/20
Podcast: Family Voices on Strengthening Families & Keeping Kids out of Foster Care Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Kinship, Mental Health, Older Youth, Prevention 01/03/20
Podcast: Family Voices on Legal Representation for Families Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 11/11/19
Podcast: Family Voices on Supporting Kinship Families Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Kinship 10/30/19
Administration Issues Memo Regarding Constituent Voice Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate 10/07/19
Share Your Perspective through the Family Voices United Campaign! Organization/Advocate Congregate Care 09/19/19
Ohio Grandparent Advocates for Fellow Grandparents Kinship Caregiver Kinship 08/12/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Prevention 07/31/19
Family Voices United - A Podcast on Mental Health Supports Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Mental Health 06/26/19
Family Voices on Mental Health Supports Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Mental Health 06/26/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Prevention 05/28/19
Join us for a Podcast Production on Mental Health Supports May 29th at 5pm (ET) Organization/Advocate Mental Health 05/24/19
From being served by the system to influencing it: Rynn Bell helps human services agencies reshape how they provide services Birth Parent Pregnant & Parenting Youth 05/16/19
"...The more support relative caregivers receive, the more likely relatives will step up to care for their family members. This will help to lower the number of foster homes needed and decrease the number of children in foster care..." Youth/Alumni Kinship 05/07/19
"...Apply wrap-around care that coordinates efforts from one location for all available services and resources with attention given to specific needs and circumstances..." Birth Parent Kinship 04/30/19
"...Be willing to go above and beyond your duties to assist caregivers goes a long way - helping them fill out applications and connecting them directly to a resource rather than just handing them a pamphlet helps to make referrals successful..." Organization/Advocate Kinship 04/29/19
Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! Organization/Advocate 04/15/19
"As a grandmother raising a baby, I wanted to connect with other relative caregivers in similar situations. There wasn't a resource, so I started the local Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group." Kinship Caregiver Kinship 04/12/19
"...I would have liked them to go through a training to understand their role for me and understand the trauma I was still experiencing, instead of them telling me I should be grateful to be with them instead of a "random family"..." Youth/Alumni Kinship 04/10/19
Family Voices United member, Tecoria Jones, spoke at South Carolina's Kinship Day at the Capitol Kinship Caregiver Kinship 04/10/19
"...A contact person for every family - to answer the caregivers' questions about how to navigate the system and be able to share what services are and aren't available..." Kinship Caregiver Kinship 04/10/19
"I would like to see more opportunities for kinship and foster families (parents and kids) to connect. It's most helpful to learn about resources from peers that have been through it." Kinship Caregiver Kinship 03/30/19
Colorado engages constituents in Family First Prevention Services Act planning! Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth 03/15/19
Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! Organization/Advocate Kinship 03/08/19
"...It just seemed to me that legislators might want to hear the voice of someone who’s impacted by a bill that’s on the table..." Youth/Alumni Older Youth 02/25/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Prevention 02/15/19

QUESTION OF THE MONTH:

 How has discrimination within the child welfare system impacted you?

**your answer can also include the impact of discrimination on the families you serve and support.  

*Submit by Nov 13 for a chance to win $50!

If you are a current or former foster youth, a birth parent, a kinship or relative caregiver, or a foster or adoptive parent, share your perspective with Family Voices United... Your story could be featured on the Campaign!

Help Spread the Word!

Know a youth or alumni of foster care who would want to get involved? How about a birth parent or relative caregiver that is interested in advocacy? Download and share the Family Voices United recruitment flyer.

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