Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at Family Voices

How Family Voices Defines Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)


We seek and highly value different perspectives based on race, ethnicity, class, culture, language, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, geographical location, age, and the infinite variety of characteristics that people have in their lives and bring to their work.


We actively provide and share the necessary resources to have fair and just outcomes by understanding, acknowledging, and respecting differences among and within groups of people. These differences are often avoidable, remediable, and the result of structural determinants or policies. Some differences may be inherent or unavoidable but still require intervention to have fair and just outcomes. Equal does not always mean equitable.


We create policies and enable environments in which all involved are:

  • afforded equitable access to benefits, opportunities, and resources
  • carefully heard and considered in decision-making
  • appreciated, respected, and encouraged for their differences and value systems.

All those involved in our work feel accepted and supported in being who they are.

Belonging requires that we:

  • foster a sense of ownership in shaping the outcome of the work, and
  • create a safe space where people feel comfortable being their authentic, imperfect, and ever-changing selves.

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Our Vision

With families at the center of health care, all children and youth reach their full potential and health disparities are eliminated.

Our Mission

Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families—including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.

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