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 whom or where are you most likely to turn for support.”
Some key themes that came out of the responses we received to this question:
- Changes in behavior and isolation is a major sign that a family is approaching a crisis.
- Stress from lack of employment, housing, and financial support can lead a family into a crisis.
- Families need compassionate, and non-judgemental support services.
- Families often turn to family, friends, mentors, mental health providers, and school counselors for support.
How to use this paper
Our hope is as COVID-19 continues to impact the lives and wellbeing of families across the world, it’s critical for leaders to understand the warning signs of families that may be experiencing a crisis, and policymakers as well as as other stakeholders will use this document to inform what services can be provided to current and former foster youth, parents and/or relative caregivers of children at imminent risk to address, prevent and support them during and approaching a crisis. If you are interested in using the quotes or perspective contained in this document or if you would like to bring young people, parents and relative caregivers to your event or project, email the Family Voices United team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503.717.1552.