our work

Our Impact

We Get Results

We pride ourselves on our effectiveness. Whether it's changing policy in Washington state, expanding the Mockingbird Family Model across the country, or working overtime to secure resources for service providers on the frontlines, we are laser-focused. When members of Mockingbird's Youth Programs and families in MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM share their stories, lawmakers respond.

In 2018 our impact included:

hours or respite provided through MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM
young people engaged as youth advocates
% of foster parents retained in MOCKINGBIRD FAMILYTM compared to WA state average of 63%
audience members educated by youth experiencing foster care and homelessness

Advocacy Achievements

The Mockingbird Society champions legislation that significantly improves Washington State’s laws for youth impacted by foster care and homelessness.

Since 2001, The Mockingbird Society has successfully led advocacy efforts to achieve more than 56 legislative and policy reforms.

2020 Legislative Session
  1. ID's with Ease: Thanks to HB 2607, the cost of ID for young adults under 25 who are experiencing homelessness is reduced to $5. The Department of Licensing is also directed to develop a more streamlined process for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness to reduce barriers to securing identification documents. The final Transportation budget included $100,000 for implementation.
  2. MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™: The final budget included an additional $409,000 to expand MOCKINGBIRD FAMILY™ in Washington state, and to adapt it to serve kinship care providers.
  3. Community Intervention Instead of Detention: HB 2873 allows Family Reconciliation Services to be delivered by community providers in addition to state social workers. The final budget adds funding to youth shelters for behavioral health support and adds emergency and long-term placements for foster youth who have complex behavioral health needs.

These successes further our efforts to implement SB 5290, which phases out juvenile detention for youth who commit non-criminal ‘status offenses’, such as truancy or running away.

  1. Transitional Living Beds: The final budget includes $1 million to create a transitional housing pilot for teens experiencing homelessness. This will increase stability for young people who are moving between short-term shelters.