A VOICE FOR CHILDREN
Advocating for change in Minnesota / New Jersey and beyond
At Family Preservation Foundation, our mission is to defend children who can be safely raised in their own families in order to help parents preserve their right to raise their own children. Our main focuses are Child Welfare systemic advocacy reform, addressing disparity, poverty, and addiction, building stronger families and communities, bridging divides, and building respect.
Saving children from unwarranted trauma! We believe the voice of children and their families should be heard.
The Family Preservation Foundation (FPF), is a not-for-profit, public interest, educational, and legal aid organization dedicated to the idea of preserving and empowering families, family preservation, and family first / extended family ideology. We strive to save children from the trauma associated with unwarranted parental separation, and restoring the respect for children’s rights that allow them to remain with their biological parent and/or extended family when it's safe to do so.
Since the beginning, we have been advocates for better systems and supports to increase the well-being of children. Our work directly results in solutions that improve our communities where we live.
Our number one priority is to keep children out of the foster care system and with their families when safe to do so!
Currently, most states do not provide attorneys to all children. In the states that do, the child must be over a certain age, for example, 10 years old. FPF seeks to fill this gap and ensure that no person is denied their right to equal justice because of age or poverty by providing pro bono legal and reunification services for all children and their families.
Nonpartisan, FPF works through litigation, education, social service reunification efforts, and advocacy. FPF provides legal assistance in cases when it considers civil liberties to be at risk. For example, in Minnesota, over 55% of the children and their families go through the entire child welfare process without any legal representation whatsoever.
What is utterly unbelievable, and the most astonishing thing that we have learned by far, is a thief who steals a pack of gum or loaf of bread is legally entitled to legal counsel, evidentiary hearings, a jury trial, and has more rights than a child being placed in a foster care and the permanent severance of the parent/child relationship.
Only five of the 50 states require or permit jury trials for cases where the state is seeking to legally sever a parent-child relationship. The remaining states prohibit the practice, whether through statute, case law, or court rule. FPF feels that one of our countries greatest liberties, familial association, should not be exclusively placed in the hands of a single judge.
FPF desires to create lasting, positive change for our country's children. We want to ensure children reach their full potential in a loving family environment whenever possible.
Many longstanding problems exist for children and families in the United States. New solutions that transform the child welfare system require the work of the nation's leading children's organizations and public and private partners.
In addition to litigating cases, FPF other primary strategic initiatives are:
- Establish multiple offices to coordinate pro bono child attorney efforts, legal aid clinics and family services.
- Provide Pro Se Legal Aid Educational Materials and Packets.
- Create statewide holistic service work centers hubs to focus on supporting all phases of a child welfare effort.
- Reinforce organizational culture by continuing to invest in the professional and personal growth of staff and volunteers.
- Reclaim historical diversified income base by capitalizing on private funding and volunteer opportunities.
- Leverage, and enhance our position as a innovator, in the field of child and family services
- Being not an enemy, but a friend of the government by only seeking governmental excellence.
Furthermore, FPF desires to provide Trauma and PTSD therapy free of charge to children and families relating to family separation which often threatens critical bonds of attachment and increases the risk of a host of negative, long-term effects on children’s mental and physical health. Currently, when the government reunifies a family, they do not provide any post-separation therapy to the children or their families.
So we can send you updates and critical alerts regarding parental rights and CPS.