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Through the Lens of Lived Experience: A Speaker Series

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To replace our 20th Anniversary Luncheon, The Mockingbird Society proudly presents a special Speaker Series: Through the Lens of Lived Experience. We’ll gather (virtually) to learn from and celebrate some of the leaders who are leaving a living legacy of change, benefiting the young people and families of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

This three-part series will take place at 7:20PM (PST) on October 1st, 15th, and November 12th, please mark your calendars! To learn more about our speakers, and how you can engage with the series please click here.

2020 Youth Leadership Summit

Thank you to our advocates, partners, and supporters for joining us for another powerful Youth Leadership Summit! We're grateful for your commitment to transforming the systems that impact so many young people.

You can watch the full event using the link below. Chapter presentations begin at 18:35. https://youtu.be/7htgax9ImU8

We Stand in Solidarity

Mockingbird remains committed to leveraging our platform to disrupt the systemic and structural racism in the foster care and youth homelessness response systems. We know Black children are 2.2 times and Native American children are 2.9 times more likely to be placed into foster care than white children; Black youth are 6 times more likely and Native American youth twice as likely to become homeless than white youth.

We will work even harder towards justice and equity in these systems, ensuring that our policies are informed by those disproportionately impacted by them. And that outcomes for young people and families who experience these systems are not predictable based on race.

Please click read more for a message from our Executive Director.

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The Mockingbird Society’s mission is to transform foster care and end youth homelessness.

Working in partnership with young people who’ve lived through the systems we’re transforming, we change policies, perceptions, and practices that stand in between any young person and a safe, supportive, stable home.

The Mockingbird Society’s mission is to transform foster care and end youth homelessness.

Working in partnership with young people who’ve lived through the systems we’re transforming, we change policies, perceptions, and practices that stand in between any young person and a safe, supportive, stable home.

Mockingbird’s COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 has hit our communities hard. This crisis magnifies inequities faced by young people and families experiencing foster care or homelessness and amplifies the need for The Mockingbird Society’s advocacy.

During this pandemic we are elevating the voices of youth and families to:

  • Advocate in support of young people who are losing jobs, housing, or access to education;
  • Provide emergency policy guidance to the Office of Homeless Youth and the Department of Children, Youth & Families; and
  • Deliver critical trauma training to all Mockingbird Families, so they can support the needs of the foster parents and kids in their community.

Operations Update:

Our staff are working from home, and we’ve adapted our programming to meet today’s challenges. To hear directly from young people about how this moment is affecting them, and for updates on our ongoing response, sign up here.

King County Report

A Youth and Young Adult Community Response to the Regional Action Plan
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Our Collective Power is Strong

Dear Mockingbird Community, We are in a moment of change. The widespread and continuing protests after the murder of George Floyd have pulled back...
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Mockingbird Families Come Together in Crisis

In a time of crisis, Mockingbird Families find creative ways to support each other It’s the first Saturday of the month, and my husband and I look...
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