How to Advocate For Yourself

Helpful Resources for Foster Parent Advocacy, Adoptive Parent Advocacy and Kinship Caregiver Advocacy

It is important for the sake of the children in your home that, as a foster adoptive parent or kinship caregiver, you know how to advocate for yourself on important issues that impact their lives and yours.

Know the Issues

Keep up-to-date with decisions being made in the Legislature that affect you and your family.

  • Foster Care Bill of Rights
  • Protect Our Kids Act 2012, involving the formation of a national commission tasked with recommending a national strategy to prevent the 2,500+ child deaths that occur each year from maltreatment
  • NJ Assembly Bill A2881, which prohibits home-schooling of children under DCP&P (formerly DYFS) care, custody or supervision without DYFS approval
  • NJ Assembly Bill A251, which would require children in foster care and adopted children’s religion to be maintained by the foster or adoptive family
  • NJ Assembly Bill A4109, which would establish three categories for allegations of child abuse and neglect: substantiated, unsubstantiated, and unfounded
  • Protect Our Kids Act, which would create a National Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect Deaths and develop a strategy to prevent and reduce these deaths.
  • NJ Open Adoption Records Bill S799

Know Where to Go For Help and Information

These organizations are good sources of additional information on many topics that impact the lives of children and their families.

Help Foster Children and the Families Who Care for Them

Menu Title