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Welcome to the National Federation of Families!
About the Federation 


Who We Are

The National Federation of Families is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 affiliates and partners focused on the issues of families whose children – of any age – experience mental health and/or substance use challenges during their lifetime. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works.

Where We Come From

Members of the National Federation come from all walks of life. Mental health and substance use challenges cut across all income, educational, geographical, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. They are found among all families – single and two-parent households, birth, adoptive, kinship and foster.

What We Do

The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services, and supports for their children across the lifespan.

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