A Family Advocate may:
- Provide education to family members and to others involved in the systems serving the family and youth.
- Help identify the strengths and needs of families.
- Be a mediator between the system and the family by helping to educate professionals on the strengths and needs of the family.
- Help family members understand the different roles of the agencies involved in the system and how they may affect the family.
- Assist families in identifying and utilizing necessary services.
A Family Advocate or a Family Systems Navigator helps state and local agencies and systems adopt more strengths-based and family-driven programs, policies, and services. The focus is to better meet the needs of families and their youth with mental illness, co-occurring disorders or substance use disorders and improve outcomes for all, including families, youth, and the agencies they utilize.