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Advocacy Web Sites

The links below are resources to better help students understand the needs of the community. In addition, there are opportunities to get involved in policy and advocacy work.

There are links to all the areas included on the list below. It also contains the latest publications regarding government policy, covering the last 10 years.

Advocacy Link Categories

Advocacy and public policy links for volunteers
CLASP : The Center for Law and Social Policy

Children and Youth

National Association for Family Child Care
The National Association for Family Child Care is a non profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

Center for the Child Care Workforce
The Centre for the Child Care Workforce's mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for children by promoting policy, research, and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation, and has a voice in the workplace.

The National Child Care Information Center
The NCCIC is a service of the Child Care Bureau, a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children's mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources

National Network for Youth
The mission of the National Network for Youth is to champion the needs of runaway, homeless, and other disconnected youth through advocacy, innovation, and services.

Family

Guide to Careers in Child and Family Policy
This site contains links to all sorts of training and job opportunities in the family welfare sector. These range from academic programs to internships and full time jobs.

The Institute for Child and Family Policy
The mission of the Institute for Child and Family Policy is to identify and address fundamental and intractable problems in the formulation, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of social policies toward children, youth, and families.

The Center for Family Policy and Practice
The CFPP is a nationally focused public policy organization conducting policy research, technical assistance, training, litigation, and public education in order to focus attention on the barriers faced by never married, low income fathers and their families.

Criminal and Juvenile Justice

Child Welfare League of America
The latest Congressional moves in juvenile justice, background information, and how to get involved.

Juvenile Justice Initiative
The Juvenile Justice Initiative (J.J.I.) is a statewide advocacy coalition to transform the juvenile justice system. The J.J.I. advocates to reduce reliance on detention, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop adequate community based resources throughout the state.

Building Blocks for Youth
The Building Blocks for Youth initiative is an alliance of children and youth advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals, and community organizers that seeks to reduce overrepresentation and disparate treatment of youth of color in the justice system and promote fair, rational, and effective juvenile justice policies.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is dedicated to serving the nation's children and families by improving the courts of juvenile and family jurisdictions. Our mission is to better the justice system through education and applied research and improve the standards, practices, and effectiveness of the juvenile court system.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is dedicated to assisting the field in developing improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system.

The Center for Race and Juvenile Justice Policy
The University of Northern Florida's Center for Race and Juvenile Justice Policy coordinates the implementation, design, and evaluation of policies that promote social justice.

Elderly

Foundation Aiding The Elderly
The objective of Foundation Aiding The Elderly is to serve as a voice for patients and to bring about national reforms and enforcement of the laws governing the nursing home industry.

The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and legislative policy development and models and strategies to improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities.

The National Council on the Aging
The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) is a national voice and powerful advocate for public policies, societal attitudes, and business practices that promote vital aging.

The Gerontological Society of America
The Gerontological Society of America is a non profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. It provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.

Special Needs, Disabled, and Handicapped

The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities. We have more than 30 chapters and members from 34 different countries and territories.

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) has a vision of a society where people with disabilities exercise self determination and choice and have equality of opportunity and full participation. NAPAS believes this vision will be realized through the enactment and vigorous enforcement of laws protecting civil and human rights.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
It collaborates with local, regional and national advocacy and consumer organizations to reform public systems and promote consumer participation in the design and operation of service programs.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Refugees and Immigrants

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights works to promote a just immigration and refugee policy in the United States and to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status.

Refugee Council USA
The Refugee Council USA is a coalition of U.S. non governmental organizations focused on refugee protection. The Refugee Council USA provides focused advocacy on issues affecting the protection and rights of refugees, asylum seekers, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and victims of torture in the United States and across the world.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund was founded by a group of lawyers, law students, and community activists who believed that the law should be used as a tool to achieve social and economic justice for Asian Americans and all Americans.

American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union works in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Education

The National Rural Education Association
The purpose of the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition is to advocate for the highest quality education for the children of rural America's public schools.

The Center for Education Reform
The Center for Education Reform provides reform minded citizens and legislators with the tools necessary to implement change.