OCTOBER IS

FOSTER YOUTH VOICE MONTH

One Voice IMPAACT (OVI), along with the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC), the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), and agencies across Florida, have joined forces to recognize and celebrate Foster Youth Voice Month in October. This statewide campaign precedes the officially declared Foster Youth Voice Day on November 4, 2021.
The OVI-led movement aims at giving youth with lived experience a seat at the table to be able to have a voice in decisions that impact their lives and advocate for systems change.
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WHAT IS ONE VOICE IMPAACT?

ONE VOICE IMPAACT

YOUTH VOICE TO FOSTER CHANGE

OVI provides current and former foster youth opportunities to develop important leadership and life skills, to advocate for policy and practice changes and to be a part of community youth leaders making a difference in child welfare today and for generations to come.

MISSION:

OVI seeks to harness authentic youth voice, create space for youth and young adults with lived experience to work alongside system leaders to find solutions to local issues, and provide a platform for statewide collaboration.

PURPOSE:

The aim of OVI is not only to impact young leaders but also to elevate youth engagement techniques, empower young people to become leaders. and build a grassroots movement to transform the child welfare system.

HEAR FROM THE YOUTH THEMSELVES ON WHY YOUTH VOICE MATTERS

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT

Join us in amplifying youth voice to foster change by signing the youth voice pledge TODAy!

Our goal for Youth Voice Month is to have 1,000 people show their support for youth in foster care by signing the Youth Voice Pledge.

Former Foster Youth

Supporters

Governor DeSantis declares November 4th Youth Voice Day

"[It] is an opportunity for child welfare advocates to make a Youth Voice Movement pledge to provide youth with lived experience opportunities to use their voice to make decisions about their lives."

Discover, Develop, and Demonstrate Your Talents

Foster youth and alumni across the state

Want to be heard? Integrate YOUR VOICE into decision making, program improvement, policy development, and other important areas. Join the Youth Voice Movement by signing the pledge today.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE about our ovi network of councils?

Check out our OVI Manual Here!
Discover, Develop, and Demonstrate Your Talents

Foster youth and alumni across the state

Want to be heard? Integrate YOUR VOICE into decision making, program improvement, policy development, and other important areas. Join the Youth Voice Movement by signing the pledge today.

OVI-Map-one-voice-impaact-selfless-love-foundation

WANT TO LEARN MORE about our ovi network of councils?

Check out our OVI Manual Here!

Show your support by signing the youth voice pledge!

We are hoping to have 1000 people show their support for youth in foster care by signing the Youth Voice Pledge.

Former Foster Youth

Supporters

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Dale Carnegie Leadership Training

“Participating in Dale Carnegie Leadership Training is providing me with tools I’ll use for a lifetime!”

Jordan

“We realized YOU were the missing piece of our puzzle.”

Lopez Family

Brown’s Harbor

If I want to be successful, I must first believe in myself, I know that I am capable of anything, and live out these beliefs every day. The leadership trainings have taught me that if I don’t believe in myself first, nobody else will.

Sandra

We were ready to give up on our dream...

when we were asked if we would be interested in meeting twin boys. The rest is history.

Sulieman Family

We waited over one year to be matched with a child and almost gave up.

In less than one month of registering on Family-Match, we were matched with two siblings and adopted them in less than three months. I hope our story gives hope to other families not to give up on your dream of adopting.

Brennan Family

Dale Carnegie Training

Dale Carnegie Training taught me how to communicate in my personal and professional life.

Gaiola T.

Workshop with Elysze Held

She taught us how to dress appropriately for job interviews, and how to have fun with our own personal style. It helped me prepare for job interviews and dressing for success!

Madjony

Brown’s Harbor

When I was 17, I was left homeless for two months and still in high school. Then I found Brown’s Harbor and my life changed forever.

Tyler

We were waiting, but not just waiting for “any child”, we were waiting for “our” child

We were waiting for the child that was supposed to come to our family. All 3 of our children are exactly where they’re supposed to be.

Stubbs Family

We were matched in less than two months!

We waited over one year the first time, but with our second child we registered on Family-Match and in less than two months we were matched. I know it was because we were able to create a profile on Family-Match which allowed us to share videos, photos, and paint a story of our family for case workers over the entire state of Florida to have access to.

Albrecht Family

Sign the Pledge

Show your support for youth in foster care by signing the youth voice pledge.

Webinar & Trainings

Various webinars and trainings are taking place throughout the year.

OVi Reports

Issue reports combine research, policy review, data, and youth voice to offer findings and questions for the field.
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Find your forever Match!

Adoption-Share’s Family-Match Program is an innovative technology that uses a compatibility assessment created by the former lead researcher at eHarmony, to better match foster children with their forever family. 

Thanks to Selfless Love Foundation’s generous supporters, Family-Match has been launched in Florida at no cost to families or child welfare agencies. In just one year, we’ve already matched over 370 children waiting in foster care with families.

01.

Sign up

Sign up and get connected with your local child welfare agency.

02.

Get APPROVed

A case worker will guide you to get home study approved to start the process.

03.

Get Match

Register your family on Family-Match and a caseworker will identify your forever match.

Start today
Find your forever match!

Families interested in starting their adoption journey

If you are home-study approved and want to create a profile or to log into Family-Match, Login Here.
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