Starting a UACF Parent Café

UACF Parent Cafés have the benefit of belonging to a well-known statewide organization that provides name recognition and, as a result, more support for advocacy efforts in each relative community. Parent Café members receive support and assistance in becoming their community’s voice on children, youth, and families experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. They become change agents and receive timely access to state and national policy information that supports their efforts. Parent Café leaders receive guidance and technical assistance to advance their goals and purpose of effective service delivery in the community.

UACF provides Parent Cafés with formal and informal technical assistance via phone, email, or other correspondence. These include coaching and guidance, multicultural and affinity group outreach, materials, and curriculum.

UACF schedules and facilitates monthly teleconference meetings with all Parent Café hosts and table hosts. We ensure that Parent Café hosts have the most current information about policies, products, research, and services related to professional development in the mental health field. UACF sends complimentary supportive materials to Parent Café functions to encourage networking and support within the Parent Café membership.

UACF is dedicated to ensuring your success and supports its Parent Cafés through:

  • An informative website with parent-centric information for all cafés.
  • Brochures and publications including materials that promote the benefit of cafés.
  • Leadership training opportunities, online learning tools, monthly teleconferences, etc.
  • Opportunities to connect with other cafés statewide to share successes and brainstorm solutions to challenges.
  • A presence on the UACF website, and your own social media pages.
  • By providing information, resources, training, and support to systems change agents that represent the family and youth voice, UACF offers the infrastructure to provide an opportunity to be a catalyst for systems change.

What You Will Need to Get Started 

  • At least one (1) host, parent, caregiver, and/or family member to start a UACF Parent Café.
  • Read through the UACF Parent Café To Go Reference Guide and make sure that your group meets all the requirements of starting a Café. This will help answer any questions you may have.
  • Gather the support of other parents and family members in your community.
  • Secure a meeting space that is easy to get to, accessible, confidential, and free, if at all possible.
  • Understand the time and commitment as a volunteer. Parent Cafés are volunteer entities (made up of parents/caregivers who are currently, or have raised a child with a mental health challenge) that promote awareness, education, outreach and support for families, children, and youth experiencing mental health challenges in a defined region.
  • Complete and submit a Parent Café Application located within the UACF Parent Café To Go Reference Guide.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Download the UACF Parent Café To Go Reference Guide 

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If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.

The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers that provides resources and connections to individuals in your community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be returned as promptly as possible.

Hope Line: 1-877-ASK-UACF (275-8223)