Our Mission, Vision and Values
The National Federation of Families, a national family-run organization, serves as the national voice for families of children who experience mental health and/or substance use challenges - across the lifespan. We:
Advocate at the national level for the inclusion of family voice in all aspects of services and supports across clinical, educational and community settings
Promote effective partnerships among families, professionals, and policymakers at the local, state, and national level
Advance the value of lived experience and the family peer workforce to support families
Collaborate with family-run and mission-aligned organizations to transform family-serving systems and health care in America
Family-serving systems that recognize the importance of family voice and embrace the full inclusion of all families who reflect the diverse cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our country.
The National Federation believes that families:
Possess unique expertise regarding the challenges that their children experience
Often need support throughout the lifespan of their children
Should not experience bias or discrimination as a result of their child(ren)’s mental health and/or substance use challenge(s)
Reflect diverse backgrounds and cultures and must be treated with dignity and respect
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.
Adapted from Adler University (2023)