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Mission, Vision, and Principles

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The National Federation, a national family-run organization serves to:

  • Provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families
  • Provide leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations
  • Collaborate with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America


Through a family and youth-driven approach, children and youth emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential.


Have strengths and make valuable contributions to their families:

  • Are people first and deserve the same love, care, and attention as any other person
  • Have a right to safely participate in community life, live with their families, and attend school
  • Come from diverse backgrounds and must be treated with dignity and respect
  • Must receive all the services and supports necessary to achieve their potential