We tell our stories to policy-makers – and change "the system." The Mockingbird Society is a leading, independent advocate for foster care reform built on award-winning, youth-inspired solutions, powerful coalitions and public support. We address root causes with the end game of permanent, positive change that ensures foster youth access to a good education, safe housing, quality health care and community support. And we work hand-in-hand with the hundreds of direct service providers across our state to make sure they have the policy tools they need to serve our most vulnerable children, youth and families.
The Mockingbird Youth Network unlocks the leadership potential of young people in care, and puts a face on the policies, budgets and rules that impact them every day. The Network trains, empowers and taps into the abundant spirit of the youth themselves through award-winning programs as well as direct involvement with system reform.
We know what works. The Mockingbird Family Model is a powerful new way of structuring foster care based on the universal extended family concept. We work with public and private agencies across the United States and internationally to implement a model that immediately improves safety, stability and outcomes for children, youth and families.
Our monthly youth-led newspaper, the Mockingbird Times, is an award-winning publication distributed to over 22,000 people across the country. Within its pages readers find real stories, resources and voices from youth impacted by foster care or homelessness. From articles, to essays, to poems and art, the Mockingbird Times provides an outlet for youth to share their struggles, triumphs and vision for building a world-class foster care system.