There are many ways to become an effective kinship families advocate. These include:
- Register and vote.
- Know your own local, state, and national representatives.
- Know your issue(s) well and relate that issue by calling, writing letters, and visiting your elected officials
- Tell your story. Make sure your information is accurate, specific. Give your contact information in case there is a need for follow-up.
Follow the Kentucky Youth Advocates bill tracker to see what happens in Frankfort during the legislative session.
How has the freeze on the Kentucky Kinship Care Program in April 2013 impacted your family?
“Please Lift the Moratorium on the Kentucky Kinship Care Program.”
The program has left many children who live with their grandparents and other relatives without vital supports needed in order to be successful. Grandparents and other relatives step up every day to keep children from going into the foster care system, oftentimes without any help. The subsidy has been a lifeline for some families who would not have been able to raise their relatives without it.
Ask your representative to support kinship families by lifting the moratorium on the Kinship Care Program. Write your story to share with your legislator in order for them to understand the impact they can make for families in their district.
Send it to your state senator and representative. Not sure who they are or where to send it? Use the Advocacy Toolkit from Kentucky Youth Advocates to find out.
Questions? Contact Shannon Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org / 502-895-8167 ext 126)
Part of our mission is to advocate for kinship families across the state. We want to ensure that proper education and support is provided to all kinship families and to encourage other individuals in the community to stay informed on ways they can help.