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Virginia Family Network

What is the Virginia Family Network?

The Virginia Family Network is a grassroots network of families committed to providing opportunities that support, educate, and empower other families with children and youth with mental health needs while also promoting family driven and youth guided policy throughout the child serving systems.  The initiative is designed to “meet the family where they are” through activities such as providing support groups, training, resources, and mentorship from other families with children and youth with mental health needs.

For more information on what we do for families and youth and how you can get involved, read our detailed flyer.

Fact Sheet 

General Flyer

Current Listing of Support Groups for Parents with Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs.  More groups are forming!  Stay tuned for details!

Contact Stephany Melton Hardison, Project Director, at SMelton@namivirginia.org or (804) 285-8264 x 206 for more information

Sign up for the Virginia Family Network E-Newsletter for a monthly update on trainings and resources important to families and anyone else that cares about children's mental health! 

Upcoming Trainings and Events

The Virginia Family Network Second Annual Family & Youth Leadership Summit

Saturday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center

Network with other parents and youth,  professionals, and community leaders from around the state to share common stories of living with mental health challenges!  Hear from our dynamic keynote speakers, Kathryn Sabella and Amanda Costa, from the Transitions Research and Training Center at the Center for Mental Health Services Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry!  The Transitions RTC is a national effort that aims to improve the supports for youth and young adults, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions who are trying to successfully complete their schooling and training and move into rewarding work lives. 

Topics of other presentations and break-out sessions will include family driven care, special education, a separate youth track for ages 14 and older, and more.  Gain valuable leadership development opportunities, gather resources, enjoy lunch on us, and much more!  Event is free!  Childcare and transportation stipends available but registration is required. 

It only happens once a year!  Don't miss it! 

Register now!


Children's Mental Health Awareness Celebration

 Thursday, May 8 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Movieland on the Boulevard in Richmond

 Everyone is invited to help us celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Richmond!  In partnership with the Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, we will host an evening at the Bowtie Theater at Movieland, 1301 North Boulevard, in Richmond.  We'll kick off at 5:00 p.m.  with exhibitors, a welcome reception, and dinner in the lobby (plus complimentary coupons for popcorn and drinks), followed by a screening at 6:15 p.m. of “Hear Our Voices,” an award-winning film made in association with Tennessee Voices for Children.  The film showcases youth with mental health challenges and the sweeping changes needed in the delivery of mental health services, including the importance of treatment within the home and community; you can view the trailer at http://www.hearourvoicesfilm.com.  A Panel discussion will  immediately follow the film, at 7:15 p.m.  We’re excited about this informative and fun event to raise awareness of children’s mental health issues!  We hope you’ll join us.

Tickets will not be issued, but you must register in advance to have your name placed on  the invited guest list at the door!  Register now to save your spot by contacting ddonnelly@namivirginia.org.


Monthly Webinar Series:

May's Topic:  Resources for Children/Youth in Military Families

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

WHO:  Anyone who cares about children and families, including parents/caregivers/family members, advocates and professionals

WHAT:  Webinar

What resources are available for military families of children/youth with mental health needs?  Our presenter, Kirsten Woodward,  a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, serves as Family Programs Division Head and Director of Project FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) for the US Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.  She will share her considerable knowledge of family/child supports within the military.  

Register Here!


Archived Webinar Presentations

"School’s In: Making Special Education Work for Children and Youth with Mental Health Needs"

Virginia’s System of Care: Navigating the System for Your Child/Youth with Mental Health Needs

Putting Family Driven Care into Practice: Community Perspective

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