Parents, youth, and other advocates for children have immense power to shape the child welfare system to improve the lives of children, youth, and families.
You—those most affected by policies and practices—can and should inform policymakers about why reforms are needed and how to better the lives of children, youth, and families. Parents, youth, and child welfare professionals can also make a big difference by encouraging action when it’s needed.
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.
At NACAC we are committed to helping youth, parents, and professionals work to make changes in their communities. We encourage you to explore this section of our site to:
- learn our positions on key issues for some ideas about what you can advocate for
- learn advocacy basics
- develop various advocacy strategies
- read articles and view recorded trainings on advocacy