Advocacy Resources

Children’s Mental Health Matters

It’s easy to know your child needs help dealing with a fever or a broken bone, but mental health problems can be harder to identify. The tricky part of parenting is knowing the kinds of behaviors and moods that are usual for the stage of development your child is in – and when your child has gone beyond the norm and needs help.

The Treatment Advocacy Center

The Treatment Advocacy Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating barriers to the timely and effective treatment of severe mental illness.

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of children around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right to a family.

The Congressional Mental Health Caucus

The Congressional Mental Health Caucus serves as a bipartisan forum where Members of Congress and their staff can work together to elevate mental health issues as a national priority by holding informational briefings to pursue common legislative goals and raising awareness of important mental health issues. We inform and educate all of our colleages in order to remove stigma, increase access to mental health services, improve work-related productivity, and assure veterans receive access to comprehensive mental health services when they return home.

Futures Without Violence

For more than 30 years, FUTURES has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.

Chronicle of Social Change

An online news publication dedicated to solution-based news coverage of child welfare and juvenile justice.

National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery

Parental Rights: Protecting Children by Empowering Parents

We are working to preserve parental rights through a Parental Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as through state and federal legislation that will protect children by empowering parents.

Lifespan Trauma Consulting

Over the last three decades, Forrest Lien, MSW, has worked with children and adults impacted by early trauma in their many walks of life. Among other accomplishments, he created the unique therapeutic treatment model of the Institute for Attachment and Child Development as past Clinical and Executive Director. Forrest has trained thousands about the effects of trauma, foster care and adoption. He’s consulted with 20/20, HBO, and The Today Show and has presented at over 300 workshops internationally on the effects of early trauma, including at the Mayo Clinic. As owner of Lifespan Trauma Consulting, Forrest continues his legacy of highly sought-after trainings, speaking engagements, program development and advocacy and provides assessments and acts as an expert witness in court on behalf of adoptive and foster families.

About Young Minds

Using a blend of policy research and advocacy, impact litigation, and strategic communications, we work to change attitudes towards mental illness and break down barriers to quality mental healthcare for young people and their families.