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A NATIONWIDE ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION
WITH FAMILIES AS ITS SOLE FOCUS

Bringing Lived Experience to Family Support

The National Federation of Families supports families across the lifespan. Families whose children – of any age – experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime. We believe our children are our children for life and parents and caregivers are the experts on what their families need. Through our network of affiliates and partners we connect families to family peer support. Support that is rooted in the lived experience of others who have navigated a similar path and are trained to walk beside families in their journey. We champion social justice for all families through acceptance, advocacy, and action – to lift all members of society and strengthen families, communities, and our nation as a whole. We are the National Federation. We are the voice of families. Welcome home.

WHAT WE DO

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ADVOCATE

Advocate at the national level for the rights of families whose children – of any age –experience mental health and/or

substance use challenges.

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Provide leadership and technical assistance to a nationwide network of family-run organizations.

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COLLABORATE

Collaborate with family-run and other family-serving organizations to transform health care in America.

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FAMILY-DRIVEN APPROACH

Represent family voice and interests in the formation of national legislation, policy, services, and supports.

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LEGISLATION & POLICY

Develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families.

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SUPPORT & RESOURCES

Provide resources to ensure the wellness of families impacted by mental health and/or substance use challenges.

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THE NATIONAL FAMILY SUPPORT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER (NFSTAC)

For technical assistance and training needs, please click the link below or email info@nfstac.org.

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NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

Provide the only national certification for a family/parent peer workforce, known as Certified Family Peer Specialists™, to provide support to other families.

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ANNUAL FAMILY CONFERENCE

Our Annual Conference brings families, advocates, youth, and the family peer workforce together to leverage lived experience in support of families.

Mental Health, Substance Use, and Family Peer Support News

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Office of Recovery is excited to announce the 2024 Art of Recovery project, which aims to highlight the transformative impact of art on mental health and substance use recovery. Through creative expression, individuals can find connection, healing, and empowerment. By promoting artistic avenues as viable tools for coping, self-discovery, and expression, this project aspires to break down societal stigma surrounding mental health conditions and substance use, fostering understanding and support for those on their journey to wellness.  

 

The Office of Recovery will solicit submissions May 7 – June 28, 2024, for the 2024 Art of Recovery project from artists with lived or living experience.  Details can be found at https://www.samhsa.gov/recoveryart.  

 

Feel free to share with your constituents, partners, and other stakeholders vested in advancing recovery supports and services.

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All Hands In

Our Commitment to Social Change

At the National Federation of Families, we believe that we must rediscover our capacity for lifting up all members of our society, no matter their lived experiences, challenges, or personal traumas. By focusing on peoples’ potential – rather than their differences – we can begin to build stronger and more inclusive neighborhoods. We believe that true equity is the result of vibrant communities and responsive systems that promote self-reliance and interdependence and that celebrate diversity. Learn more here.

Adapted from Adler University (2023)

The National Federation of Families and
National Family Support Technical Assistance Center Events

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