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Want to join the movement? Consider these ideas for elevating constituent voice (and come back to this page often, as we will be adding more ideas, along with guides, tools, and templates to jump-start your organizing efforts!
Attend a Town HallYour Senators and Representatives in Washington DC regularly travel back to their home states and hold public meetings called Town Halls. Come back for more information about how you can participate.
Assemble a PanelConstituent panels are an effective way to educate others about the foster care system from the perspective of people who have lived experience with the system. Come back for more information about how to arrange a panel.
Write an Op-EdPolicymakers and other VIPs pay attention to opinion pieces that are published in local newspapers. Come back for more information about how you can partner with the Family Voices United campaign to get an Op-Ed published.
Using Family Voices United Share Your Perspective to educate Policymakers
Using Family Voices United monthly Share Your Perspective (SYP) Paper is a great way to engage and advocate at the local, national, and state level. Families at risk or involved with the child welfare system can use this paper to ensure and inform key child welfare stakeholders understand the needs and experiences of families, identify supports to prevent maltreatment and unnecessary foster care entry, and identify policy barriers that may prevent families from accessing services they need. Access our Advocacy Library here for social media messaging, graphic library, and other templates to educate national, state, and local policymakers and child welfare stakeholders.
Using Family Voices United Share Your Perspective to Educate Policymakers
This education toolkit includes a graphic library, social media messaging, and email templates) to engage with national, state, and local policymakers and child welfare stakeholders, using Family Voices United’s ShareYour Perspective paper.
Every month Family Voices United asks youth and alumni of foster care, birth parents, and relative caregivers a question to elevate their voices and inspire meaningful change. Responses are published in a Share Your Perspective (SYP) Paper. Our hope is that families at risk or involved with the child welfare system will use this paper to ensure key child welfare stakeholders understand the needs and experiences of families, identify supports to prevent maltreatment and unnecessary foster care entry, and identify policy barriers that may prevent families from accessing services they need.
We want to make it easy for you to take action, here’s how you can continue highlighting the voices we hear from!
How to Use This Paper to Take Action:
1. Send your policymakers quotes and graphics from Share your Perspective on social media.
2. Share with your Member of Congress (MOC) online in an e-mail to educate and inform about current issues impacting the lives of children and families. Find your member here.
3. Share your support with the local child welfare directors, governors.
Social Media Messaging:
@ FamilyVoiceUnited Birth parents, kinship caregivers, current and former foster youth share their perspectives with Family Voices United on needed support and prevention services for families involved with or at risk of experiencing the child welfare systems. @MOC you can read those recommendations here. #FamilyVoicesUnited
Family Voices United highlights the voices of Kinship caregivers, birth parents, current and former youth on topics such as how families can access prevention services, crisis support, mental health, and substance abuse treatment. Read about their experiences and learn how you can protect, support, and prevent unnecessary entry. #FamilyVoicesUnited
Family Voices United is devoted to preventing unnecessary entry into the foster care system. Read recommendations in #FamilyVoicesUnited latest share your perspective given by birth parents, kinship caregivers, and former foster youth and how you can support them today. #FamilyVoicesUnited
Read @FamilyVoicesUnited SYP paper on how systems must work to support and keep families together by providing preventive care services.
“Quote from SYP” @MOC read @familyvoicesunited SYP paper to understand the needs and experiences of families in or at risk of being involved in the child welfare system. #FamilyVoicesUnited
@MOC Hear from birth parents, current/former foster youth, and relative caregivers on how the child welfare system should support families and promote resilience. #FamilyVoicesUnited
This month I am featured in @Familyvoicesunited SYP paper where I highlight prevention services current and former foster youth, kinship caregivers, and birth parents need here.
Social Media Graphic Library: