The Mockingbird Society was founded in 2000 to provide a voice for youth in foster care. Today, we are an advocacy organization that has drawn national attention for our collaborative approach to working with young people and families to improve foster care and end youth homelessness.
Our Youth Programs train young people who have been homeless or in foster care to be their own best advocates. By doing so, they change policies and perceptions that stand in the way of every child having a safe and stable home. Our Family Programs advocate for innovation in the way services, such as foster care, are delivered. By creating supportive systems of care, youth thrive while developing lasting connections to support their successful transition to adulthood. Together, our solutions focus on improving the social service systems that ultimately service thousands of young people and families each year in Washington and beyond.
The organization currently operates with a staff of 35 full-time and part-time employees, most of whom have either experienced foster care or homelessness, or have worked with homeless or foster youth previously. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, the organization has a statewide presence with youth chapters in Spokane, Yakima, Everett, Tacoma, and Olympia.