Advocacy Efforts for Children and Families

Advocacy is powerful. At Families Rising, we are committed to advocating for the welfare of children in need of loving families and providing support to adoptive and foster parents.

Learn about our advocacy efforts and how you can make a difference.

Why Be a Child Welfare Advocate?

Advocacy plays a crucial role in effecting change in attitudes, policies, practices, and laws that impact the lives of children in foster care and adoptive families. By becoming an advocate, you can:

  • Influence policymakers at the state, provincial, or federal level.
  • Share your personal story with the media to raise awareness.
  • Inform social services administrators about important issues.
  • Engage with the public to shed light on issues that matter to you.

Our advocacy efforts aim to influence resource allocation, change perceptions, and transform the foster care and adoption landscape.

Youth advocates often say, “Nothing about us without us,” and we think this motto applies to all of those touched by foster care and adoption. You have important knowledge to share and your thoughts and opinions can persuade policymakers and administrators to make choices in the best interests of children and families.

Five Things You Can Do Now

Even small steps can make a significant impact on the lives of children awaiting loving families. Here are five actions you can take:

  • Encourage local media to share stories of older children finding loving adoptive families.
  • Share information with legislators about waiting children and the support adoptive families need.
  • Volunteer with local adoption organizations to participate in advocacy and family support activities.
  • Raise awareness in your community about the importance of adoption for children without families.
  • Stay informed about adoption-related legislation and contact your legislators to voice your support.

Check Out our Advocacy Resources