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"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."
"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... (Read more)
Published Apr 17, 2019
"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."
"I believe easier access to a centralized resource information source would be beneficial. Many times we caregivers have no idea what resources may be available and no easy place to... (Read more)
Published Apr 12, 2019
Family Voices United member, Tecoria Jones, spoke at South Carolina's Kinship Day at the Capitol in March. In front of the 200+ attendees, she reflected on the importance of solidarity... (Read more)
Published Apr 10, 2019
Colorado's Office of Youth, Children, & Families surveyed constituents - youth/alumni, parents/family members, kinship providers, and foster parents - to learn their concerns and barriers to engagement. From that survey,... (Read more)
Published Mar 15, 2019
"...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 and alumni from Louisiana's foster care system are asking legislators to extend foster care to the age of 21. One advocate, Spearman, shared why he believes foster care should... (Read more)
Published Feb 25, 2019
Family Voices United would like to hear directly from constituents - youth and alumni, parents and relatives/kinship caregivers - to ensure state and county leaders and legislators know how to... (Read more)
Published Feb 15, 2019
As a kinship grandparent of an 11-year-old granddaughter and a 13-year-old grandson, life has changed for both the grandchildren and grandparents. Due to the addiction of their parents (one being... (Read more)
Published Feb 15, 2019
"...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."
One of the most distressing situations my daughter had to deal with in her struggles to try and recover from substance use disorder and her heroin addiction was the lack... (Read more)
Published Jan 30, 2019
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QUESTION OF THE MONTH:
What supports could help families reunite FASTER?
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!
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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.