Nearly half a million children are currently in foster care. After years of decline in numbers of children in foster care, the number has risen steadily since 2012, with anecdotal evidence and expert opinion linking this increase to the parallel rise in opioid addiction and overdoses.
By elevating the voice of constituents, the Family Voices United Campaign seeks to:
ensure key child welfare stakeholders understand the experiences and needs of families at risk or involved with child welfare
identify supports families need to remain safely together and prevent maltreatment and unnecessary foster care entry
identify policy barriers preventing families at risk of child welfare involvement from getting the services they need.
Our National Campaign Partners
Family Voices United is a collaborative project. We are working closely with partners in multiple states and jurisdictions to elevate the voice and perspective of young people, parents, and kinship providers. We invite you to learn more about how you can get involved. The Family Voices United team is a partnership including
FosterClub is the national network of young people in foster care. Our mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to better outcomes for their peers. www.fosterclub.org
Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies is a leading voice for families headed by grandparents, other relatives and close family friends. Through the Center, Generations United leads an advisory group of organizations, caregivers and youth that sets the national agenda to advance public will in support of these families. Learn more at www.gu.org and www.grandfamilies.org.
One of the primary focuses of the work of the Alliance is to promote and elevate the voices of parents whose life experience and expertise provides critical knowledge and perspectives to help inform policy and practice in all areas related to children and their families. www.ctfalliance.org
Casey Family Programs is the nation's largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, we work in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and two territories and with more than a dozen tribal nations to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live. www.casey.org