FREDLA has compiled a list of websites that contain useful information and resources for family-run organizations and their leaders. These are links to organizations that focus on the needs of children, youth and families, as well as support the organizations and systems that serve them.

The links on this page are provided for informational purposes only; they do not expressly constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) of any of the products, services or opinions expressed by the corporation, organization or individual.

The National Directory of Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations for Children’s Behavioral Health

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities.
www.bazelon.orgoutlinkarrow_tiny provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works.

National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
The TA Center is a component of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) and is housed within the Department of Pediatrics of the Georgetown University Medical Center. The TA Center has provided the vision, leadership, knowledge base, to the field to build comprehensive community service delivery systems for children with mental health and/or substance abuse needs, and their families.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a national campaign to link the nation’s 10 million uninsured children – from birth to 18 years – to free and low-cost health insurance.

National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Children’s Mental Health Network
The Children’s Mental Health Network provides weekly news and unbiased analysis of key issues focused on children, youth and families’ mental health and well-being.

Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health
SAMHSA’s “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health” public awareness effort was created in 1994 with the mission to increase awareness around children’s mental health. The “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health” team works to support SAMHSA-funded sites through the strategic use of social marketing and communications strategies.

Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.

Portland Research & Training Center

National Alliance on Mental Illness
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice was founded in 2001 to provide a national focal point aimed at improving policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system.

Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Launched in 2004, Models for Change is a multi-state initiative working to guide and accelerate advances to make juvenile justice systems more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate.

Youth Move National
Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth led national organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. We feature the latest on topics from prevention to permanency, including child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption.

National Indian Child Welfare Association
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a national voice for American Indian children and families. We are the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and the only national American Indian organization focused specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare League of America
CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The mission of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
To improve family recovery, safety and stability by advancing practices and collaboration among agencies, organizations and courts working with families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders and child abuse or neglect.

National Center for Cultural Competence
The mission of the NCCC is to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to design, implement, and evaluate culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems to address growing diversity, persistent disparities, and to promote health and mental health equity.

Mental Health America
Mental Health America is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families.

Campaign for Youth Justice
The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ)  is dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

Action Alliance For Suicide Prevention
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is the public-private partnership advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. Mission: To advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention(NSSP) by:

- Championing suicide prevention as a national priority
- Catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP
- Cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress

National Fatherhood Initiative

Military Child Education Coalition

Rethink Mental Illness