What We Do

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We are here to provide a voice and empower family members through training and technical assistance and form strategic partnerships to leverage local and statewide resources.


The Parent Leadership Institute

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The UACF Parent Leadership Institute empowers families to coach, mentor, lead, and use their ‘lived experience’ to bring positive transformation to the mental health system through training, technical assistance, and peer support. 


Public Policy and Advocacy

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Effective advocacy is a very important part of what we do at UACF. Our programs have been designed to empower parents, families, and caregivers to not only advocate on behalf of their child or youth, but to provide awareness and education on the issues and legislation that affects children and youth with mental health challenges.  


Calendar of Events

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 California Kids in Crisis


August 30, 2018 - RALLY

November 3, 2018 - SUMMIT


The EPIC Initiative

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A parent program designed to strengthen the voice of parents and provide them with transformational tools to re-shape the mental healthcare system on behalf of their children.


Join the Movement

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Ending the stigma associated with mental illness is a personal choice. We have to decide for ourselves that each mind really does matter. Each one of us must determine what we will do to make a difference.

Now is your chance to make your own personal Each Mind Matters pledge!

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Join UACF!

Become a member today and join our statewide network of parents, families, caregivers, and professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth!

Membership Application

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Have questions?

Visit our Resources section for more information on how to understand your child’s IEP, how to contact local legislators, or for help with locating a treatment facility in your neighborhood.

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The transition of AB 3632 to AB114

AB 3632 is now AB 144. What does this mean for your child’s IEP? 

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Stay Connected!

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Need Immediate Help?

If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers that provides resources and connections to individuals in your community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be returned as promptly as possible.

Hope Line: 1-877-ASK-UACF (275-8223)