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Family Connection is a multi-service non-profit agency providing services for children, youth and families in Shelby County and the Greater Birmingham Metro area of Alabama. Our mission is to strengthen communities by building strong youth and families.  Through a variety of programs, Family Connection is dedicated to building positive futures for the community's most vulnerable children, youth and families.  
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September 2014 Newsletter

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Miley Cyrus sent a homeless man to accept her VMA Award

"Thank you all — my name is Jesse, and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million homeless youth," he said, reading from a piece of paper as Miley sat near the stage, fighting back tears. "I've survived in shelters all over. … Though I may have been invisible to you on the streets, i have the same dreams as many of you."

Family Connection applauds Jesse's courage and efforts in raising awareness of the plight of homeless teens in our country. These teens are homeless, not hopeless. Thank you Jesse - you have brought hope to so many young people!  Family Connection has provided shelter and support for runaway and homeless youth for over 38 years. Family Connection is the connection that makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and families.


The Family & Youth Services Bureau's National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth has the spotlight on Family Connection regarding our Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Learn how Family Connection's emergency shelter helped JR get on A Road to Healing.
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Runaway and Homeless Youth

Family Connection is committed to protecting runaway and homeless youth and, whenever possible, reuniting them with their families.  We provide young people the resources they need to get off the streets and stabilize their lives. 

XT 4 HELP is a service to help young people connect to the closest Safe Place site.  A teen in crisis can text the word SAFE and their current address to 69866 and they will receive a text back with the address of the nearest Safe Place site.  In that same message, there is a prompt to reply with “2CHAT” to connect with a professional for more help.

Are you a runaway needing help?

Call 1-800-RUN-AWAY
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