National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a family-run organization dedicated exclusively to helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life.

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health:

  • Provides leadership to develop and sustain a nationwide network of family-run organizations.

  • Focus the passion and cultural diversity of our membership to be a potent force for changing how systems respond to children with mental health needs and their families.

  • Help policy-makers, agencies, and providers become more effective in delivering services and supports that foster healthy emotional development for all children.

National Federation Mission and Vision:

Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential.
The FFCMH, a national family-run organization serves to:

  • Provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families.

  • Provide leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations

  • Collaborate with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America.

If you are parenting a child with Mental Health issues be sure to visit The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health hosts an Annual Conference and welcomes all-- Of primary importance to the Federation are families and youth who have personal experience with the mental health service delivery system. The 2oth Annual Conference will be held in November 2008. Click HERE for More Information about the Conference.

SAFE WA is offering Scholarships for Washington Families interested in Attending! Please Read the Post on our Forum for an application or Contact Anna for an application if you are a Washington State Family. Deadline for Application is November 3, 2008

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center ORPARC

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center -- ORPARC serves Adoptive and Guardianship families in the state of Oregon.

The Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), is a division of Northwest Resource Associates, a non-profit program providing services for Oregon DHS adoptive and assisted guardianship families. Founded in April 1999 through a contract with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services (DHS).

Services are offered by ORPARC to:
  • Oregon families who have adopted children through any state foster care system.
  • Oregon assisted guardianship families
  • Oregon DHS adoption staff
  • Oregon Special Needs Adoption Coalition staff

ORPARC Provides

  • Information, assistance and referral
  • In-depth consultation, advocacy and support
  • Parent education and trainings
  • A Lending library
  • Assistance to families in establishing or connecting to systems of support such as groups, respite and other parents.

The Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center website offers information and access to the services they offer.

1-800-764-8367 Telephone - Toll-free
503-241-0799 Telephone - Portland Metropolitan Area
503-241-0925 Fax E-mail

Online Courses for Foster, Adoptive, Birth, and Kinship Parents

Foster Parent College offers online training for foster, adoptive, birth, and kinship parents.

About Foster Parent College (FPC)

Foster Parent College (FPC) The Internet has made it possible to offer interactive website, training whic is affordable and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In many cases FPC courses can be taken to satisfy training requirements and are accepted by many state agencies. Parents can enroll and complete a course in a single session, and receive a certificate of in-service training.

FPC courses are designed by nationally recognized experts in parenting, pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and education. Training is offered for as little as $8 per course. Parents need a personal computer (with sound), and Internet access.

FPC offer two types of in-service courses:

Self-Paced Courses provide

  • Visual instruction.
  • Printable handouts.
  • Question & Answers.
  • Instant Feedback.

Advanced Parenting Workshops offer

  • Extended in-depth three-week courses.
  • 24/7 access for participants for the duration of the course.
  • Community discussion board to interact with the group.
  • Tested problem solving approaches.
Some of the courses offered include:

Parenting Strategies:

  • Children With Autism
  • House Safety
  • Relationships: Strengthening Communications
  • Working with Schools
  • Kinship Care
  • A Three Part Positive Parenting Course.

Dealing with Behavior

  • Anger
  • Sexualized Behaviors
  • Self Harm
  • Lying
  • Stealing
  • Sleep Problems
  • Eating Disorders

...And so many more! Be sure to visit and consider taking any of these online courses.

Homes4Good -- Texas Resource

Homes4Good Texas Foster Adoption Resource Homes4Good is a wonderful resource for Texas families or to be more accurate Texas foster children waiting to be adopted.

Homes4Good is a private Non-Profit with a Mission to:

  • Secure “forever families” for every child we place. In order to accomplish this, we are committed to do “whatever it takes” to assure both the child and family, receive all the services necessary to make the placement a success. Our focus is on the children in care and custody of the state of Texas.

Homes4Good offers a wide range of Adoption Services including training and matching. Homes4Good searches for children needing adoptive homes from all regions in the state of Texas and sharing home studies in an effort to assist in selection of a family for a particular child. Homes4Good does not assist families with exploring adoption registries. Families are free to explore these registries on their own and if they become aware of a child that is not available to be placed by Homes4Good, they will assist the family in any way the state licensing standards and state regulations will allow.

Foster Care
Homes4Good recruits and verifies families with an interest in being a crusader in the effort to find a “forever family” for every waiting child in the state of Texas. Homes4Good offers services for Foster Care training, home study, certification, placement and post placement supervision.

Support Services
Homes4Good provides services designed for at-risk families and children and believes adoptive and foster parents play a crucial role in this task. Families are a catalyst of the Homes4Good mission and are considered a valuable part of the treatment team. They treat treat their families like the true agents of change provide the tools and support necessary to make a difference.
Homes4Good Support services include:

  • Comprehensive Clinical Training

  • 24 hr Support Team & Crisis Intervention

  • Competitive Financial Reimbursement

  • Therapy & Counseling for child and Families

  • Medical, Dental & Mental Health Services

Their websites is filled with a wide range of information and resources. Training and support meetings are well posted including maps and detailed information. The website is updated often and easy to navigate.

To learn more about the services and support offered for foster and adoptive parents and children in the state of Texas be sure to visit Homes4Good