As an advocate for children and families, our efforts at Families First are to study conditions and policies that affect the social well-being of families and children and to ensure the voices of those in need are heard throughout our city, state and nation.
Families First’s Advocacy program is a key component of our approach to achieving the organization’s mission to ensure the success of children in jeopardy by empowering families. The Advocacy program identifies areas of public policy that must be addressed in order to help create the conditions that will break the cycle of poverty, allow families to succeed and flourish, and allow children to thrive. The program analyzes policy, identifies best practices and needed changes, determines strategies, and engages staff, volunteer and other partner organizations in the work. Priorities for action are consistent with Families First’s Impact Areas and with analysis of current opportunities and resources. Our work consists of…
- Advocating on behalf of legislation that is beneficial to the children and families we serve
- Tracking and monitoring bills on the local, state, and national level that are germane to our mission
- Cultivating relationships with key political and advocacy stake holders
- Organizing and hosting events to promote our advocacy efforts
2017 Advocacy Successes
- We were part of the Job Family collaborative that successfully advocated for the passage of Senate Bill 201, the Family Care Act. This law allows employees in Georgia to take up to five days of earned and accrued sick leave to care for an immediate family member (as opposed to just themselves).
- We, along with our partners organizations, testified at the senate subcommittee level, urging for the implementation of a state earned income tax credit.
- We testified at the House appropriations committee level for foster care per diem parity, ensuring people who foster through private organizations are paid equal to those who foster through the state.
- We had a very successful “Day at the Capitol” with 20 participants, most of whom got to speak to their legislators about the Family Care Act and the state earned income tax credit.
Family & Policy Bulletin
The Family & Policy Bulletin is the official advocacy and policy newsletter of Families First.
Please find the archived newsletters for the 2017 legislative session below.
How To Become An Advocate
What It Means To Be A Families First Advocate
When you sign up to get involved, you’ll begin receiving e-mail updates, newsletters, and action alerts from Families First. These communications will keep you informed of what’s going on in the White House, Congress, and Georgia’s legislature.
Families First is making a difference — whether it’s fighting for the well-being of our children or important issues that impact families. But we can’t do it without you. Join Families First and make your voice heard on the issues you care about. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 404-853-2844 for more information.
How To Be A Good Advocate
Elected officials need to know about the issues that impact the most vulnerable children and families in our communities. And as a constituent, it is up to you to make sure your elected officials know what you think and how they can help. Here are some tips and tools you can use to be an effective legislative advocate:
- Educate yourself
- Educate others
- Don’t initiate a battle or conflict when the same change can be initiated through a consensus approach
- Get to know candidates and incumbents
- Find out who and get to know those charged with executing the laws, and provide assistance when possible
- Most importantly, don’t ever underestimate your power as a well-informed and determined individual. Every vote and every voice does count!