IFAPA Legislative Breakfast
Every year, IFAPA hosts a Legislative Breakfast at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. This event allows foster, adoptive and kinship families to meet their legislators and discuss the importance of supporting issues affecting families and children. IFAPA's 2013 Legislative Breakfast was held on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Didn't Attend IFAPA's Legislative Breakfast?
If you did not attend IFAPA Legislative Breakfast, but want a chance to speak with one of your legislators, consider sending them an e-mail or a letter. Read our tips below:
Find Your Legislators
To find out who your legislators are and their mailing address, phone number and e-mail address, click here. Families can type in your home address and it will list your federal and state legislators.
Interacting with Your Legislators
Citizens play a very important role in the lawmaking process – and they are the reality checks that elected officials look to when deciding how they will approach an issue. Iowa’s lawmakers are very accessible – and ready to hear from their constituents. That is why advocacy can be so effective – you don’t need a professional lobbyist to represent your views – you just need some basic understanding of the lawmaking process. Click on the publication below to help you learn more about the Legislative Breakfast and interacting with your legislators. View Legislative Tips from IFAPA
There are a few other advocacy publications that are available that affect foster and adoptive families. They are:
Every Child Matters - a national nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of children and families by advocating for better public policy during federal and state campaigns.
Child Welfare League of America - learn about Washington's hot issues surrounding children and families and child welfare services.