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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“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

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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

Title Constituent Role Topic Location Published
"...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
"...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
"...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
"...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
"...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
"...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
"...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
"...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
"...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 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
"...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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
"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
Administration Issues Memo Regarding Constituent Voice Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Organization/Advocate 10/07/19
Birth Parent National Network Webinars Birth Parent Mental Health 04/24/20
Colorado engages constituents in Family First Prevention Services Act planning! Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth 03/15/19
COVID-19 RESOURCES & GUIDANCE Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 03/27/20
Family Voices on Mental Health Supports Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Mental Health 06/26/19
Family Voices United - A Podcast on Mental Health Supports Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Mental Health 06/26/19
Family Voices United Constituent Voice Assessment Toolkit Organization/Advocate Prevention 07/02/20
Family Voices United member, Tecoria Jones, spoke at South Carolina's Kinship Day at the Capitol Kinship Caregiver Kinship 04/10/19
Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! Organization/Advocate Kinship 03/08/19
Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU! Organization/Advocate 04/15/19
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
FosterClub Press Release: Youth from Foster Care Thrown into Crisis During Pandemic Youth/Alumni, Organization/Advocate Older Youth 03/28/20
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
Join us for a Podcast Production on Mental Health Supports May 29th at 5pm (ET) Organization/Advocate Mental Health 05/24/19
Kinship grandparent shares her experience with mental health supports and navigating the system Kinship Caregiver Kinship, Mental Health 02/15/19
New Resource for Birth and Foster Parents Birth Parent, Foster Parent 07/02/20
Ohio Grandparent Advocates for Fellow Grandparents Kinship Caregiver Kinship 08/12/19
Ohio's Kinship Day at the Capitol: GrandRally Giving Voice to Kinship Families Organization/Advocate Kinship 11/13/18
Podcast: Family Voices on Constituent Engagement Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver 01/05/20
Podcast: Family Voices on COVID19 Crisis Impact & Resources Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth 04/06/20
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 Self-Care During a Crisis Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver, Organization/Advocate Prevention 06/15/20
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 Supporting Kinship Families Birth Parent, Youth/Alumni, Kinship Caregiver Kinship 10/30/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Mental Health 11/14/18
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Prevention 02/15/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Prevention 05/28/19
Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign! Organization/Advocate Prevention 07/31/19
Share Your Perspective through the Family Voices United Campaign! Organization/Advocate Congregate Care 09/19/19
Share Your Perspective: Crisis support for families Organization/Advocate Kinship, Older Youth, Prevention 05/05/20
Share Your Perspective: Parent Partners Organization/Advocate 02/06/20

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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