Family Engagement & Leadership
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors, and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations. It is dedicated to building leadership and organizational capacity of state and local family-run organizations. FREDLA’s mission extends to executive directors, board members, mid-level managers, peer support providers and partner agencies and organizations.
As a core partner in the TA Network, FREDLA provides training and technical assistance (TA) on all aspects of family engagement and support including best practices, organizational development and capacity building, professional development and parent peer support, and facilitates peer-to-peer sharing across member family-run organizations.
Through its pool of family-run organization leaders across the country, FREDLA supports family involvement and collaborations between family-run organizations and systems of care (SOC) and provides TA on a range of topics including: Engaging families and building family voice; developing a family-run organization; financing family-run organizations; peer support practice models; strategic planning; and peer connection across family organizations.
Parent peer support partners are frequently faced with ethical dilemmas when working with families in their workplace and in the community. The Ethics in Parent Peer Support Workbook is a tool to help new and seasoned parent peer support providers practice handling ethical dilemmas. To download a copy of the Ethics in Parent Peer Support Workbook, click here.
Sustained family involvement requires a commitment of the organization's staff time, resources to support family participation, and development of written policies and procedures outlining how family involvement will occur. To download a copy of the tip sheet Supporting Family Participation in Systems of Care, click here.