Children's welfare is achieved in the legal system by advocates who engage in both case and policy advocacy. The NACC believes we must not only represent our clients well each day, we must work to improve the system. Many of us are reluctant to become involved in policy work based on misconceptions of knowledge, time and effort involved. Yet as children's advocates, we are uniquely qualified to do this work.
As citizens of the United States, we have a right to contact our elected officials and share with them our views about issues important to us. This right is guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Nearly every day Congress, the President, state officials and local policymakers all make decisions that impact the lives of families and young people. These elected officials also make decisions that affect community-based agencies that help youth gain access to the supports and opportunities they need to become contributing members of their communities. As a citizen who cares about our nation’s children, youth and families, you have an obligation to communicate with policymakers about issues that affect families and young people.
Whether you are a practicing attorney, or simply a concerned citizen, you can make a difference by engaging in policy advocacy. And when we come together as a united voice for children, the impact we make is even greater.
The NACC maintains a policy agenda which guides our policy advocacy. We produce a quarterly policy update to keep members current, and we have published a guide to policy advocacy to assist your efforts. To view that information and more, click on the links on this page.