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.

Colorado engages constituents in Family First Prevention Services Act planning!

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

Family Voices United wants to hear from YOU!

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 Mar 8, 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

Share your perspective through the Family Voices United campaign!

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

Kinship grandparent shares her experience with mental health supports and navigating the system

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

"...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..."

"Growing up, ever since my early years, I knew that my mother had some type of mental issues. As time went on, it had become so stressful but, at the... (Read more)

Published Jan 29, 2019

"...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..."

"During the time that my 4-year-old child was in out of home care due to my substance use disorder (SUD), I knew I was also dealing with an undiagnosed mental... (Read more)

Published Jan 25, 2019

"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."

"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." Family Voices... (Read more)

Published Jan 24, 2019

"...Having access to support groups and information through groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helped our family understand the illness..."

"As the parent of an adult who developed bipolar at 22, having access to support groups and information through groups like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) helped our... (Read more)

Published Jan 22, 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!

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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