Family Voices Indiana
Vision: Our goal is a world in which families are the center of care and all children and youth with health care needs and/or disabilities thrive.
Mission: Our mission is to support families who have children and youth with health care needs and/or disabilities through education, outreach and community partnerships.
Family Voices Indiana provides information, training, and one-on-one support to families of children and youth with special health care needs, and the professionals who serve them. We aim to provide families with tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved systems and policies, and build partnerships between professionals and families. We are the state affiliate organization for Family Voices, and we serve as Indiana’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center.
Family Voices, National
Family Voices is a national, nonprofit, family-led organization promoting quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. We have state affiliate organizations (Family Voices Indiana) and partners throughout the nation. By working with family leaders and professional partners at the local, state, regional, and national levels since 1992, Family Voices has brought a respected family perspective to improving health care programs and policies and ensuring that health care systems include, listen to, and honor the voices of families. To learn more about the work of Family Voices and our current national initiatives, visit www.familyvoices.org.
Family Voices Indiana Funding
Family Voices Indiana is supported by grant and donor funding. This allows us to provide services to families and professionals free of charge. F2F HIC funding is provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs. Additional grant funds support other services and initiatives.
Family-to-Family Health Information Center
Family Voices Indiana is Indiana’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC). F2F HICs are family-staffed organizations that assist families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the professionals who serve them. Because we are staffed by family members who have first-hand experience navigating the maze of health care services and programs for CYSHCN, we are positioned to uniquely help families by providing:
- Assistance to families and professionals navigating health care systems
- Information, education, training, support, and referral services
- Outreach to underserved and underrepresented populations
- Guidance on health programs and policy
- Collaboration with other F2F HICs, family groups, and professionals to improve services for CYSHCN
- Evaluation and outcome assessment