Our vision is for all young people to reach adulthood healthy, supported, and with full opportunity to thrive in life.
Our mission is to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.
Our belief that all children need the same things – love, care, support and resources – drives everything we do at The Mockingbird Society. Seven core principles encompass our work:
• Children in "the system" are our children, our responsibility.
• Programs do not create nurturing homes – dedicated adults do.
• Systems do not raise healthy children – families and communities do.
• Institutions do not change lives – relationships do.
• The most effective advocacy is innovative and collaborative.
• Families and young people impacted by the system play essential leadership roles in bringing about change.
• The only way to prevent future problems is to look for solutions that address root, "upstream" causes.
• Collaboration, inclusion – honoring all voices – is the heart of building a world‐class foster care system.
The Mockingbird Society is an advocacy organization founded in 2000 by Jim Theofelis to provide meaningful opportunities for youth across Washington state to participate in the social justice effort to improve the foster care system. Its first project was The Mockingbird Times, then a monthly newspaper written by young people who have experienced foster care that aims to have a positive impact on the public perception of the children and adolescents who are foster kids. Since then, our work has expanded to include working with foster families and child-placing agencies to improve outcomes for both foster kids and foster parents. Recognizing a clear link between experience in the child welfare system and homelessness, Mockingbird also began addressing issues around youth homelessness in 2013.