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.
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What are the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting you and/or your family?

Family Voices United asked current and former foster youth, parents and kinship and relative caregivers: “What are the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting you and/or your family?” Some... (Read more)

Published Apr 14, 2020

Podcast: Family Voices on COVID19 Crisis Impact & Resources

Listen as Family Voices United members share their perspectives about how the current COVID19 crisis affects the everyday lives of families and constituents connected to the child welfare system! Click here to listen !(Read more)

Published Apr 6, 2020

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FosterClub Press Release: Youth from Foster Care Thrown into Crisis During Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mar 27, 2020 (Washington, DC) In a poll of young people from foster care conducted online via Facebook and Email March 21-24, 2020, FosterClub, the national network... (Read more)

Published Mar 28, 2020

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COVID-19 RESOURCES & GUIDANCE

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Crisis Resources and Guidance for birth parents, youth & alumni, and kinship caregivers. We recongize the the Impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the child welfare system... (Read more)

Published Mar 27, 2020

Share your perspective: What are the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting you and/or your family?

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 Mar 26, 2020

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What do attorneys representing families in court proceedings need to know to keep families together?

Family Voices United asked current and former foster youth, parents and kinship and relative caregivers: “What do attorneys representing families in court proceedings need to know to keep families together?”... (Read more)

Published Mar 20, 2020

Family Voices United What's needed to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for the children they are raising?

What's needed to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for the children they are raising?

Family Voices United asked kinship and relative caregivers, parents and current and former foster youth: What's needed to help relative caregivers navigate supports and services for the children they are... (Read more)

Published Mar 5, 2020

Share Your Perspective: Supporting young people and families involved in juvenile justice and child welfare

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 Feb 26, 2020

Share Your Perspective: Parent Partners

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

Published Feb 6, 2020

Podcast: Family Voices on Constituent Engagement

Listen as Family Voices United members share best practices in constituent engagement. Learn how constituents are taking action, getting involved, and building the movement! Click here to listen! Podcast Features:... (Read more)

Published Jan 5, 2020

Title Constituent Role Topic Location Published
"...Having access to support groups and information through groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helped our family understand the illness..." Kinship Caregiver, Organization/Advocate Mental Health 01/22/19
"...While my mother was given services for substance abuse, housing, and employment, she did not receive any or adequate mental health services. I truly believe if she had mental health support/services I would have been reunified with her." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/22/19
"...My parents didn't have support to access or understand how necessary mental health services were for them to keep their children..." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/17/19
"The services in place weren't addressing my issue specifically. Things I said in confidence were repeated in family therapy, which made things worse. I felt like I had no one." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/14/19
"Mental health services could have created stability, a safer living environment, and most importantly, I wouldn’t have ended in the foster system." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/10/19
"Behavioral health services could have helped my mother... No one told her that her decision could impact our family for the rest of our lives... If someone had, I believe my family’s story would be different." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/07/19
"I’ve gone through 15 years of abuse and actually talking to people that care to listen really helped me feel like I wasn’t alone. Everywhere I looked I saw everyone that supported me through my journey." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/04/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Mental Health 11/14/18
Ohio's Kinship Day at the Capitol: GrandRally Giving Voice to Kinship Families Organization/Advocate Kinship 11/13/18

QUESTION OF THE MONTH:

Sometimes young people are involved in BOTH the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. How can those young people and their families be best supported?

*Submit by Mar 16 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 the 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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