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Allegheny Family Network

Mailing Address:
425 N. Craig Street Suite 300
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Phone: (412) 246-2030
Fax: (412) 246-0994

Contact Person: Maria Silva


Web Site: http://alleghenyfamilynetwork.org

Population Served:
Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances,Mental Illness/Mental Health

To support and partner with families raising children who have emotional and mental health needs in order to improve their quality of life.

Allegheny Family Network (AFN) is a family-run agency, meaning all of our employees are a parent or a caregiver who has raised a child with mental health and/or emotional challenges. Our staff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to areas of mental health and behavioral challenges: they not only understand family and children’s rights but also know how and when to advocate on behalf of children with special needs. As Family Support Partners, they use their experiences and expertise to support, inform, and empower families that are working to bring about positive change for their own children.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Recruit family members or youth for positions within child serving agencies
• Organize conferences
• Participate in child serving system/system of care policy-making and leadership groups
• Participate in child serving system/system of care management meetings
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A statewide family-run organization

Region(s) served:
• Local

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