Family Exchange: Monthly Peer Networking Group for Family Leaders Who Foster and Support Family Engagement

January Topic: Family Voice in the Ever-Changing Environment

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Next Session: Wednesday, January 25

3:00-4:30 p.m. ET / 2:00-3:30 p.m. CT / 1:00-2:30 p.m. MT / 12:00-1:30 p.m. PT / 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. AKT / 10:00-11:30 a.m. HT (view your time zone)


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Are you a family leader with lived experience as a primary caregiver of a child, youth, or young adult with mental health or substance use need? Are you working in a role that fosters and supports family engagement in agency practice and policy decisions?

Are you interested in connecting with other family leaders working in similar roles to expand and enhance your skills and knowledge?

Whether you are new to your role or you have been in the family movement for many years, the Family Exchange is for you!

This series is a peer networking group to share experiences, innovative and effective practices, skills and knowledge, solution to barriers and challenges, and key information supporting your role as family leaders.

The group is facilitated by experienced family leaders from the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) who foster peer connections; provide access to resources and technical assistance; and support participants to further family engagement within their agency, community, or state.


In today’s climate, there are multiple opportunities for families to share their voice of experience. During this session, we will have an interactive discussion around strategies to engage and incorporate family voice and experience to effect or support policy and program changes. Participants will explore how to incorporate these strategies into their current efforts and learn the importance of family voice at all levels of programmatic, policy, and practice changes.


Meet the Guest Presenter

Stacy Morgan is the parent of an adoptive child and young adults with special needs and a consumer supporter/advocate with over 20 years' experience in the planning, development, and implementation of services for populations with special needs, especially in the arena of mental health and disabilities. She has served as a consultant for various programs and organizations, facilitating partnerships between families and community stakeholders to develop family and consumer centered/driven and culturally competent initiatives, services, and policies for children, youth, and adults with special needs. Currently, Ms. Morgan serves as the Executive Director of the Mental Health Transformation Alliance and as the Family Co-Chair for the NC Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families Policy & Research Workgroup.

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