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.

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

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“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?”

Family Voices United asked current and former foster youth, parents and kinship and relative caregivers: When a youth leaves a foster care facility or institutional care (like a... (Read more)

Published May 29, 2020

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“What are the EARLY warning signs that a family might be approaching a crisis?"

Family Voices United asked current and former foster youth, parents and kinship and relative caregivers: “What are the EARLY warning signs that a family might be approaching a crisis? To... (Read more)

Published May 22, 2020

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FosterClub Press Release: Young People from Foster Care Hit Hard by COVID-19, Lack Resources and Connections to Weather this Storm

(Washington D.C.) A second in a series of polls of young people from foster care has been conducted by FosterClub, the national network for young people from foster care, revealing... (Read more)

Published May 13, 2020

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Share Your Perspective: Crisis support for families

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 May 5, 2020

Birth Parent National Network Webinars

Birth Parent National Network Webinars

SAVE THE DATE! CARING CONVERSATIONS Monday's 10 AM PT • 11 AM MT • 12 PM CT • 1 PM ET Children’s Trust Fund Alliance is building a better normal... (Read more)

Published Apr 24, 2020

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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

Title Constituent Role Topic Location Published
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
Kinship grandparent shares her experience with mental health supports and navigating the system Kinship Caregiver Kinship, Mental Health 02/15/19
"...I cannot help but think that if she had access to mental health treatment, she might not have relapsed and died at age 22 almost one year clean, leaving behind her 9-month-old daughter." Kinship Caregiver Mental Health 01/30/19
"...Growing up, I knew my mom had some challenges. I firmly believe mental health services would have helped my mom and helped me figure out how to support her..." Youth/Alumni Mental Health 01/29/19
"...I wish I would have felt supported to address *all* of the major barriers and needs to quality parenting during the life of my case. Instead, I reacted with fear and stigma..." Birth Parent Mental Health 01/25/19
"As a parent who is a trauma survivor — knowing what's available could have led to receiving help for trauma and mental health issues. Understanding helps families heal." Birth Parent 01/24/19
"...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 a parent's mental or behavioral health (including addiction) leads to a child entering foster care. What specific type of supportive services could be provided to families to better help them remain together?


*Submit by May 9th 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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