Family Partners and Youth Advocates
Family Partners and Youth Advocates offer their own personal experiences and advocacy skills as a valuable layer of support to the youth and families in all Stanford Youth Solutions’ programs. Having similar experiences in their past, these important partners empower young people and their families to lead their own care teams to get their needs met. Family Partners are staff members who have personal experience in the child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice systems as a consumer and/or as a parent/caregiver. Youth Advocates are young adults also employed by Stanford Youth Solutions who have personal experience within the child welfare, mental health or juvenile justice systems. The goal is to empower youth and ensure families have “voice and choice” in service delivery.