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Happy Holidays from our families to yours!

T A K E A C T I O N N O W

Last week, we and 45 other organizations sent a letter to the Governor urging him to halt all planned cuts to children's behavioral health services. Now we need hundreds of families and young people to back us up!

We have until December 31 to prevent rate reductions to the new Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS).

CLICK HERE to send a pre-drafted letter to stop cuts to Children's Mental Health Services.

Youth Justice
Advocacy Day


YOUTH AND THEIR ADULT ALLIES WILL RALLY AND MEET WITH LEGISLATORS TO FIGHT FOR A MORE
EQUITABLE JUSTICE SYSTEM!



To Sign Up Contact:
Laura Jankstrom at LJankstrom@cccnewyork.org
Dear Birth, Foster or Adoptive Parent, and Kinship Caregiver:

The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is developing a Parent Advisory Board (PAB) consisting of birth, foster (kin and non-relative) and adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers. We hope to hold our first meeting in February 2020.

The purpose of the OCFS Parent Advisory Board is to give a voice to:
• Parents/caregivers who are involved in the child welfare system
• Foster parents (kin and non-relative) who are supporting and caring for a child in foster care
• Adoptive parents who have adopted a child who was in foster care
• Kinship caregivers who are caring for a relative’s child

The goal is for members to provide feedback on their experiences with the child welfare system and make recommendations to the Office of Children and Family Services for improving the system, and implementing state and federal initiatives to improve safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families.

CLICK HERE for the application to apply. Then submit the application and a cover letter to: Renee Hallock at (518) 474-4726, or by email at Renee.Hallock@ocfs.ny.gov
FREDLA is asking for your help in recruiting family members and young adults to complete this survey to identify what young adults need in the way of support during their transition years (ages 16 to 25). 
 
The information you provide will help youth- and family-run organizations, policy makers and service providers better understand and respond to the needs and preferences of young adults and their families.

We are seeking survey participants who are:

1) family members/other allies who provided support to young adults with behavioral health challenges during their transition years (16 to 25 years old); OR
2) young adults who are currently at least 18 years old who experienced behavioral health challenges during their transition years and receive or have received support from a family member or other ally.

If one of these categories describes you, we welcome you to participate by visiting the appropriate link below:

Family member/adult ally: CLICK HERE

Young adult: CLICK HERE
CDC Report: Childhood Trauma Major Cause of Health Issues in Adults

"...The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least five of the top 10 causes of death are associated with ACEs - negative experiences such as abuse, neglect or serious family dysfunction that can potentially be traumatic. The CDC also found ACEs contribute to 44% of depression cases, as well as 33% of smoking and even 24% of asthma cases..."  CLICK HERE for full article.
"...Christina Hauptman knows that if her son, Cody, doesn’t get help soon, he’ll end up back in the hospital—or worse..." 

Click here to read the full article