Building Your Advocacy Toolkit

This free, four-part series will give you tools and tips you need to make your advocacy more effective and help you reach your goals.

Do you have ideas that could help improve the child welfare system where you live, but aren’t sure how you can really effect change? The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)—as part of its work on the CHAMPS (Children need Amazing Parents) campaign—is hosting a series of workshops to help you advocate for child welfare policy changes in your area.

You can register for future sessions and view recordings of those that we’ve already held.

Part 1: Goals and Stories

Held Tuesday, August 31, 2021

In this workshop, we talked about setting your advocacy goals and how to select and tell stories that align with those goals. The discussion outline how to frame your issues and maximize resources to make your advocacy more effective and successful.

View the recording (please note that the first few minutes were not recorded)

Download the slides

Part 2: Networking and Relationship Building

Held Tuesday, September 21, 2021

In part two of this series, we discussed the importance of relationships and networking to support your advocacy efforts. Learn practical steps to help you build relationships and maintain them over time, and tips for expanding your network to make your advocacy more effective.

View the recording

Download the slides

Part 3: Legislative and Executive Branch Advocacy

Tuesday, October 26, 3:00-4:30 EDT

When working to change policy or reform the child welfare system, the bulk of your advocacy will likely be done at the legislature and with executive branch leadership, including the governor and heads of your child welfare agency. In this workshop, learn the ins and outs of advocating in these environments, including developing a strategy, conducting a meeting with key leaders and their staff, and following up.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpd-mhpj8tGdxnBdx-C43bggpYsm7yc4P8

Part 4: Working with the Media

Tuesday, November 16, 3:00-4:00 EDT

Media, in all its forms, can be an extremely effective tool for helping you achieve your advocacy goals. It can also feel overwhelming and a bit intimidating until you gain some experience. In this workshop we’ll talk about the various forms of media, how to effectively use media for advocacy, and how to build and maintain relationships with members of the media.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkcOCsrD8pGNWoJrFlXB-dItKTbYO5IvWf

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Marissa Sanders at marissasanders@nacac.org

Ongoing webinars:

To receive notice about future webinars, sign up for our periodic News from NACAC email newsletter or follow us on Facebook to learn about our sessions when they are scheduled.

Some webinars are free and some have a fee. Those with a fee are $15 for NACAC members and $20 for non-members. Fees are non-refundable. Each fee is for one individual or couple to view the webinar. (If you have questions about group viewings or group rates, please contact us at info@nacac.org.) To learn more about membership, visit our Join NACAC page.



Other training opportunities:

Annual Conference

Access recordings of the July 2021 NACAC Conference!


Recorded Webinars

View our recorded webinars. We offer sessions for adoptive and foster parents, group leaders, youth advocates, and child welfare professionals. Some are available for purchase and some are available at no cost. For recorded webinars that you purchase, you can receive a certificate of attendance after viewing the session.

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