Help support families attend the National Federation conference

September 15, 2010

We are getting close to the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health 21st annual conference – this year being held in Atlanta, Georgia November 5 – 7. A number of alums are digging deep and giving back by providing scholarships to help families attend the conference who otherwise could not.

If you want to help there is an easy way to do so! Download the letter from Sandra Spencer, Executive Director of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and make your donation. Families are at the core of all that we do. This is one wonderful way to honor those who we work side by side with each and every day. Here is the text of Sandra’s letter:

The National Federation for Children’s Mental Health is seeking your support to make this year’s annual conference a success through tremendous impact on the lives of youth, families, and communities. The Federation’s 21st Annual Conference will be held November 5-7, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. As the only National Conference convened and run by parents of children with serious mental health needs, our conferences are attended by over 1,000 families of children and youth with serious mental health needs as well as policy makers, researchers, special education teachers, public health administrators, professional mental health care providers, and youth themselves.

Each year, the Federation works diligently to keep registration fees as low as possible (often not even covering the cost of meals and materials provided) in an effort to be as inclusive and accessible to parents, caregivers and youth. To continue to keep the registration fee reasonable and assist with travel expenses, we kindly are requesting that you make a tax-deductible $2,000 contribution to our Conference Scholarship Fund for a full scholarship to a parent or youth who would not otherwise have the resources to attend this conference. The scholarship will cover the cost of air travel, hotel stay, meals and ground transportation. In return you will receive:

A “Thank You” letter from the scholarship recipient One (1) 6’ table for displays in a 10’ x 10’ space Acknowledgement of sponsorship during plenary session remarks Registration area acknowledgement signage Your logo and a corporate description on our conference website

This year’s conference theme is “The Diversity and Resilience of Families”. We strongly believe that the strength of the family movement is reflected in the diversity and resilience of children and youth with emotional challenges, and their families; and in their persistent quests toward improving the quality of their lives. The resilience of children, youth and families has forged the way to more family-driven, youth guided services systems. We know that families raising children with mental health challenges are very diverse. Emotional, behavioral or mental health needs cut across all income, educational, geographical, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. They are found among single parents and two-parent families and in birth, adoptive, and foster families. This conference will address a variety of difficult challenges that families face, including the taboo subjects that families and providers are often uncomfortable talking about.

We are honored to have Wes Moore as our keynote speaker this year. His book – The Other Wes Moore – is currently #15 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It is a compelling story of the lives of two young men named Wes Moore, from similar backgrounds, with vastly different outcomes as their lives have unfolded. It is a remarkable story of choice, resilience and the critical importance of all of us rallying for youth and families. Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader, and author. His story will inspire all who attend the conference.

Thank you for taking the time to consider the Federation’s request. If I can provide more information, please let me know. We hope to hear from you by September 22, 2010 and thank you for your time.

Okay folks, now it’s our turn. Download the letter from Sandra Spencer


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