Youth Advocacy

Seeking Young Adults for Leadership and Advocacy Training

Apply Now! NACAC will be hosting a three-day training to provide teams of three to five young adults (ages 18 to 25) who have experienced foster care, kinship care, or adoption—and their staff supporters—with the knowledge and skills necessary to start or enhance youth support and advocacy networks in their community, influence child welfare policy… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Training, Youth Advocacy

Strategic Sharing: Using Personal Stories for Child Welfare Advocacy

This webinar for young people who have experienced foster care and/or adoption, adoptive and foster parents, and leaders interested in child welfare advocacy teaches how personal stories can be powerful advocacy tools. This session addresses why personal stories can make a difference and best practices for telling or writing your own stories to achieve system… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Sharing Personal Stories, Training, Youth Advocacy

Positive Youth Development and Youth Advocacy Webinar

This session is for individuals and agencies looking to expand their advocacy and public awareness efforts in partnership with true experts – the youth who have experienced foster care, kinship care, and/or adoption. Learn the basics of development, promotion and maintenance of public speaking team(s) of adopted/foster/kin youth. Engaging youth and young adults in such a “team”… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Network, Training, Youth, Youth Advocacy

Effective Legislative Advocacy Strategies Webinar

Presenters share successful Florida advocacy efforts to pass the state’s “Normalcy Bill” to create a more supportive and normative growing up experience for children and youth in foster care. The law allows foster and kin caregivers to make prudent parental decisions about activities that their foster and kin children participate in, without having to seek… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Post Adoption Services, Training, Youth, Youth Advocacy

Be Heard: Youth and Parents As Advocates Webinar

Gain tools and understanding to become effective advocates, whether you are working on personal needs (case advocacy) or larger issues (class advocacy). Advocates need to develop consensus, value the principle of WII-FM (what’s in it for me), craft a coherent and achievable message, gather meaningful data, and develop an advocacy agenda that can succeed. Presenters… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, How to Advocate For Support, Post Adoption Services, Training, Youth, Youth Advocacy
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Tips for Meeting with Legislators

The following are some recommendations for making your visits with legislators as productive as possible: State your purpose.  Make it clear who you are, where you are from, and why you have asked for this meeting. Be prepared with your information and handouts. Decide ahead of time who will introduce the group and the order… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, How to Advocate For Support, Youth Advocacy
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Tips for Using Personal Stories in Advocacy

by Janet Jerve, NACAC writer/editor Before you start interviewing people or gathering personal stories to help you with your advocacy efforts, you need to first answer the what, when, where, why, how and who questions regarding your advocacy work. You should first be able to answer these questions and explain your mission to prospective speakers… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, How to Advocate For Support, Sharing Personal Stories, Youth Advocacy

Taking Care of Yourself

There are a lot of factors we can’t control about our lives. Our bodies, our family, what’s happened to us, where we are (to a certain extent). Fortunately there is a part of this equation, which is dictated by the quality of our reaction and the types of choices we make. That’s what self care… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth Advocacy

Tips for Creating a Successful Public Service Announcement (PSA)

1: Choose Your Topic and Decide on an Ask The very first thing you should decide about your PSA campaign is what you’re trying to accomplish. This is what people refer to as an “ask.” After watching or reading your PSA, your audience should be inspired and knowledgeable enough to take action. Keep in mind… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth Advocacy

Teaching Youth to Identify Essential Qualities of a Leader

Adapted from Leadership 101: Developing Leadership Skills for Resilient Youth, Facilitator’s Guide by Mariam MacGregor, Youthleadership.com, 2000. Used with permission from Mariam MacGregor & Youth Leadership Development Workbook, New Light Leadership Coalition, 2001–2003. Used with permission. What character traits are essential to leadership?  Below is a starter list of leadership character qualities/skills that youth can add to… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth Advocacy

We Can Help Create Youth Networks!

NACAC’s Community Champions Network is able to help organizations in the US and Canada start or enhance support or advocacy networks led by and serving youth people who have experienced adoption or foster care. Our services include providing technical assistance on leadership development and program planning. Each year, we offer training to youth leaders and… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth, Youth Advocacy, Youth Stories
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Be a Youth Advocate

Are you a young person who experienced foster care or adoption? Do you want to make a difference for other young people in foster care or adoption? You can do it! NACAC strongly believes that youth who have been in foster care and young people who were adopted are uniquely positioned to be child welfare… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth Advocacy
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Engaging Constituents in Advocacy

NACAC, like many organizations, is committed to ensuring that those affected by laws and rules have a voice in shaping those policies. Engaging youth and parents in advocacy is both the right thing to do and an effective way to achieve your goals. NACAC has experienced success at state and federal levels when we’ve partnered… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth Advocacy
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Letting Kids Be Kids: A Legislative Victory in Florida

“We just want to do the same things as our friends! We just want to be normal!” is the battle cry of youth in foster care—backed by their caregivers—across the country. These youth want the chance to play sports, spend the night with friends, go on a class trip, or take a family vacation without… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Youth Advocacy
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Adoption = Forever and Always

Think back to when you were leaving high school and starting college. What did you do in the summer? Attend cookouts and other events with your family? Sleep in and hang out with friends? Work to earn money for school? What about the 20,000 youth in foster care who age out each year. How do… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Advocacy, Older Youth Adoption, Youth Advocacy, Youth Stories
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From Fear to Advocacy: My Journey from Foster Care to Helping Others

from Summer 2011 Adoptalk “He’ll never amount to anything.” Would those words destroy or motivate you? For me, the words simply seemed true; I should be a failure. Statistics would predict that I’m in prison, but that wasn’t my destiny, was it? Who can know for certain if I will amount to anything, and why… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Advocacy, Older Youth Adoption, Supporting Youth, Youth Advocacy

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