What We Do

United Advocates for Children and Families (UACF) is a non profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for all children and youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges and to eliminate institutional discrimination and social stigma.

We are dedicated to empowering parents, caregivers, children, and youth through education, training, and technical assistance programs and services to ensure families are present at every level of decision making. We work to keep families informed on important news and events by providing monthly opportunities for networking and collaboration and extensive communications and outreach efforts . UACF also operates a direct services program for and by families in various counties of the state.

Bay Area Workforce Co-Learning Collaborative

UACF was awarded a contract with the California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) in January of 2015. The overarching purpose of this project is to provide services to PMHS employers in the Bay Area Region to support their ability to employ and support consumers and family members in the workforce.

Empower Parents, Invest in Children

Through this powerful new initiative UACF seeks to empower parents to become informed leaders and advocates for the mental well-being of their children.

Faith Share 360°

A Spiritual Pathway to Mental Recovery and Resilience. Faith Share 360°, a spirituality-based mental health initiative designed by United Advocates for Children and Families, is a fellowship of faith-based organizations that support the mental well-being of families, children and youth through the development of caring congregations.

Parent Partner Coalition

Parent Partners are the key to family-focused, family-driven services and work to directly engage and support families, convey information on how to effectively navigate systems and work collaboratively with community partners. Parent Partners help parents and families remain engaged and informed in order to meet the individual needs of their child or youth. 

Public Policy and Advocacy

Public policy decisions are made every day and can affect a child’s chances of growing up safe, healthy, and educated. Public policy refers primarily to rules, laws, and budget decisions made at all levels of government – local, county, state, and federal. These decisions determine the expectations of society and government, what government’s role is in the lives of its citizens, and the type of support the government will provide for children, families, and others.

Statewide Family Network

The purpose of the Statewide Family Network Program (SWFN) is to enhance State capacity and infrastructure to be more oriented to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Stigma and Discrimination Reduction Initiative (SDR)

In 2004, California voters approved Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) to build an effective community-based mental health system. Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) programs are the heart of this system that aims to connect people with treatment and services early on in an illness and dramatically reduce the negative consequences of leaving mental illness untreated until it reaches our emergency rooms, jails and streets.

The Parent Leadership Institute

The UACF Parent Leadership Institute was established to empower families to coach, mentor, lead, and use their ‘lived experience’ to bring positive transformation to the mental health system. Through natural community support systems that connect families to existing local resources, the Institute builds bridges between family members, providers, and mental health professionals to help children, youth, and their families experiencing mental health issues.

UACF Parent Cafés

The UACF Parent Leadership Institute is actively seeking parents and family members interested in starting a UACF Parent Café in their community!

UACF Statewide Training Center

The UACF Parent Leadership Institute Announces Its New, Multi-Functional, Statewide Training Center

Well Equipped Sacramento Meeting/Training Room Now Available

United Advocates for Children and Families (UACF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the quality of life for all children and youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges and to eliminate institutional discrimination and social stigma.

Direct Services

Early Connections is a collaboration of family members, providers, and community members working together in a systems change effort designed to improve and promote wellness for young children and their families in Alameda County. UACF is working with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and First 5 of Alameda County to strengthen and sustain Alameda County’s system of care for children ages 0 – 5 with social, emotional, behavioral and related developmental concerns, and their families.

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