letter from the exec

Dear Friends,Dear Friends,

Happy Holidays! As I look back on the achievements of 2015, I want to thank our donors and friends for all of their support, and I especially want to thank the youth advocates and Chapter Leaders for their stellar advocacy and commitment through many challenges to help improve foster care and end youth homelessness. Because of your support, the Legislature expanded eligibility for Extended Foster Care in Washington state, established an Office of Homeless Youth Prevention and Protection Programs, and strengthened protections for foster children and youth prescribed antipsychotic medication. These are incredible successes in the face of many challenges.

We look forward to the advocacy work of 2016, and we’re working hard to prepare for Youth Advocacy Day! We hope you will join us and 250 youth and young adults for YAD on Friday, January 29th in Olympia. Check our website soon for details, and read the next issue of the Mockingbird Times for in-depth coverage of the issues we are championing in 2016.

Speaking of the Times, we have some big news to share. Beginning in January 2016, we will shift to an every other month publication schedule. We are excited to bring you the same great content every other month, with a shift to include more online social media and digital storytelling as well. Check out The Mockingbird Society’s YouTube channel for more samples.

Again, thank you and Happy Holidays to our supporters, and to the children, youth, and families we serve. I hope this season brings you joy and quality time with family and friends.

Warm Regards,

Laura Pierce sig

Laura Pierce

Executive Director


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