The Advocacy Pillar develops and strengthens the advocacy efforts of The Network and in so doing advances the diverse needs of the populations served by Network member agencies and the client services of those agencies. Administered in partnership with the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America and with The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA, The Network develops an annual set of Public Policy Priorities, specific for the United States and for Canada, and through this process, helps its member agencies to find develop and advance their own advocacy efforts with elected officials, with the media and with other coalition groups.
The Network advocates for legislation in the United States and in Canada on behalf of member agencies and the client populations they serve. Regular updates inform member agencies on government policies that might impact their work. Consultative guidance is available to assist member agencies with the development and implementation of a personalized advocacy plan. Learn about the most current issues the Network is supporting below.
Network’s Policy Priorities
The Network’s 2018 U.S. Policy Priorities and North American Policy Priorities reflect NJHSA’s general policies as an international association and have been approved by the NJHSA Board.
2019 Policy Priority Outreach
For many years, the Jewish Federations of North America has used a survey process to garner input on which public policy issues JFNA should address. Here are JFNA’s priorities for the current year. These priorities drive JFNA’s agenda and directly correlate to what they support and oppose on Capitol Hill. Kindly complete the survey by Friday, October 12th.
NJHSA Advocates on Capitol Hill for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care System: Spotlight on JFCS Philadelphia – How Can You Help
This successful advocacy day is only the beginning. The work to ensure dignity and respect for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our society is far from over. We hope you will continue to join the Network in remaining committed to ending discrimination within the foster care system – and wherever else it occurs.
Here are two things you can do today:
- Join the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign to show your support on this issue and learn more about what you can do. You can also reach out to your members of Congress in support of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (S. 1303/H.R. 2640), which would prohibit federally funded foster care agencies from discriminating against foster children and prospective foster families on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or religious belief.
- We want to spotlight your work, too! Let us know which issues in our Public Policy Priorities that your agency is focused on by contacting Mindy Brodsky. Help us develop our lists so we can let you know about opportunities like being a panelist at a Congressional briefing like JFCS Philadelphia.