Federation of Families, Miami-Dade Chapter Inc., founded in 2010, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides peer support, education and guidance to families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, substance abuse and mental health needs. We collaborate with other organizations to improve mental health and substance abuse services in a manner that is responsive to the cultural diversity of our community.

Federation of Families does not discriminate by reason of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, spirituality, beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Our Mission

To empower, guide, and support youth and families by providing skills to become strong advocates for their needs and wellbeing.

Our Vision

To build healthy communities through a youth and family-driven approach by connecting them to resources and services to succeed in school, at home, and in life.

RockStar Awards 2015 Winner


The RockStar 2015 Awards were held at the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Conference in Washington, D.C. where Federation of Families Miami-Dade Chapter was awarded the Organization of the Year Award! The honor is awarded to organizations who support youth-guided programs. Thank you to the Youth M.O.V.E. National board of directors; we hope to continue our efforts in sustaining programs by young people for young people!

Approved Educational Provider of the Florida Certification Board

Workshops & Trainings We Provide

Mental Health First Aid

mhfaMental Health First Aid is an 8‐hour training designed to give members of the public key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis, until professional help arrives or the crisis resolves. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training to assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First aid is an evidence based practice.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan

wrapWellness Recovery Action Plan™ (WRAP) is a self-directed wellness program consisting of 5 key concepts: Hope, Personal Responsibility, Education, Self-Advocacy and Support. WRAP participants will learn how to create a daily healthy living plan, how to recognize triggers and warning signs that cause an unbalance in your wellness and how to build an action plan to prevent a crisis. The crisis plan allows for control of your life, even while you may depend on others in a crisis situation. The program was developed by Mary Ellen Copeland, Ph.D. with national success and is an evidence based practice.

Certified Recovery Peer Specialist

The Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) credential is for those persons who possess competency in both family and adult peer mentoring. The CRPS must be a true peer; this means that the peer specialist must be a consumer of private or public mental health services and/or is a first-degree relative or primary caregiver of a child diagnosed with a mental illness. The main goal of the CRPS training is to understand the role of a Peer and how to successfully link families to needed resources, to give training participants a working knowledge of System of Care Values and Principles, to present a working definition of culture and an understanding of the basic concepts and philosophy of cultural competence and how to apply these concepts and principles in providing services to diverse families. This training also provides an understanding of the importance of healthy relationships and nurturing environments and their impact on child well-being and basic understanding of healthy child development and mental health.

Lifestyle Skills Trainings

Each course offers skills to help you find a job, and improve your quality of life. Workshops are offered at no cost. Call the Youth and Family Center to make an appointment. Sessions are offered from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday through Friday.


In the budgeting class youth will learn to develop a financial budget. Participants can expect to gain a sense of their financial needs and resources. They will be able to determine if changes in spending patterns may help them.

Résumé Building

In the budgeting class youth will learn to develop a financial budget. Participants can expect to gain a sense of their financial needs and resources. They will be able to determine if changes in spending patterns may help them.

Interviewing Skills

Participants will be able to: identify appropriate interviewing skills, express themselves with greater clarity, prepare a list of questions for an interview, and be prepared to answer stock employer questions.

Time Management

This module is designed to help participants design a plan for the daily use of their time. Participants will be able to have a realistic view of what their responsibilities are and how they can reasonably achieve their goals within a given time frame.

Self Care (Safe Sex)

This course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the origin, transmission, testing, prevention, social, and legal issues relating to HIV and AIDS and those who may be at risk and help them access help.

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