ENGAGE Transition Tool Kit for Families
If you are reading this, you are likely helping a teen or young adult transition to independence. You are likely one of us—a parent, family member, partner, or youth. You don’t have to do this alone! There are professionals and family members willing to help. Please take time to search www.redtreehouse.org for services, support groups and trainings that will help you along the way. Family and Children First Council (FCFC) is a wonderful resource that can help you find resources in your own county. You can find your Council at http://www.fcf.ohio.gov/ The information contained here comes from experience and research—it is not legal advice. We are not legal experts. This comes from our desire to help you avoid some of the problems we’ve encountered as we’ve helped our kids move into adulthood. This is current as of September, 2016. We’ve done our best to give you links so you can verify and find updated material since things do change over time. It is our hope that this toolkit saves you time and frustration in your journey.
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)
FREDLA’s mission is to empower and strengthen executive leaders of family-run organizations focused on the well-being of children and youth with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges and their families. The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors, and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations. FREDLA informs its members on current and emerging policy issues, provides education on research and other program findings and best practices, provides or facilitates professional development opportunities and other consultation and technical assistance, collaborate with stakeholders and facilitates peer-to-peer sharing across member family-run organizations.
National Federation for Children’s Mental Health
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. 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. Members of the National Federation come from all walks of life. Emotional, behavioral or mental health needs cut across all income, educational, geographical, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. They are found among single parents and two-parent families and in birth, adoptive, and foster families. 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 children with mental health needs and their families.
The National Directory of Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations for Children’s Behavioral Health
The directory lists family-run and youth-guided organizations and support groups throughout the United States, US Territories and Tribal Nations. You can search our database to find organizations across the country run by families or youth consumers that are working to support families who have children and adolescents with behavioral health challenges and to improve behavioral health services and supports. Behavioral health services include mental health and substance abuse services. The Directory provides contact information for family and youth organizations and support groups seeking to connect with other family and youth organizations; assists families and youth in locating other organizations’ websites; helps families, system of care planners, and practitioners to identify existing family-run and youth-guided organizations and the types of services and supports provided; and, provides the latest and most accurate information on family-run and youth-guided organizations whose focus is on children’s behavioral health issues
Quick Guide for Self-Assessment for Family-Run Organizations in Systems of Care
The Quick Guide is for use by family-run organizations. The guide is divided into nine sections addressing important elements of family-run organization development and sustainability. Each section represents several components or characteristics of effective family-run organizations in a system of care. A brief description of the element and its components and characteristics is presented at the beginning of each section. The description is followed by exercises designed to help you, as a family-run organization representative or team, begin your self-assessment and planning in that area.
Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. The members of Youth M.O.V.E. National work as a diverse collective to unite the voices and causes of youth while raising awareness around youth issues. We will advocate for youth rights and voice in mental health and the other systems that serve them, for the purpose of empowering youth to be equal partners in the process of change.
Youth M.O.V.E Ohio
YouthMOVE Ohio is a youth led organization devoted to improving services and systems to support youth inclusion, mental wellness, positive supports and healthy transition. YouthMOVE Ohio empowers youth to advocate for themselves and live healthy, meaningful lives. Our vision is a world where youth are respected for their experience and given the tools and supports they need to succeed. YouthMOVE Ohio advocates for youth rights and youth voices at a national, state and local level. We empower youth to be equal partners in the processes that impact them and offer support and guidance.
The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women, and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home. Their tagline is “Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be You. Beautiful.” It focuses on the idea that being yourself—finding what makes you smile and how to live well—is what makes you “you.” And that is beautiful.