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The Texas Family Voice Network is where journeys unite to provide one common voice to promote successful outcomes for children’s mental health.

OUR “WISH” FOR TEXAS FAMILIES
If we, as the Texas Family Voice Network, had one wish for families whose children have behavioral health concerns, it would be that regardless of which system they start with in the community, there would be equitable access and funding, along with support services, which include resource navigation and family peer support. Family would be valued and encouraged to build collaborative relationships which allow them to be present at the levels and in all decision making.

As a foster mom and a mother of eight adopted, special needs children, we have had quite a journey. When we started foster care 15 years ago I began to realize that I would need to become a voice for these precious children. I became educated, found resources along the way, and met some amazing mentors to guide our family. Through these experiences we have been able to define legislation, make changes, and help many children in our community. Now I have the opportunity to help other foster and adoptive families through my work as a Certified Family Partner. My goal is to continue to make changes and help to serve the mental health needs of children in our community.

Shanna Wheeler

Being a family leader in my community has afforded me the opportunity for my voice to be heard in many different ways. This role has allowed me to be transparent about the struggles and successes that I have experienced on my journey. Through sharing my story, it has also given me the opportunity to offer support and hope to other families. Lastly, I am able to provide honest feedback to agencies that serve families. All of these things, in my opinion, make family leaders an integral part of bringing about change within our communities.

Shequita Burrell