Parents: We Need Your Voices
As parents and caregivers, you are the experts in what children need to unlock their potential and help them thrive. Your input and personal stories are invaluable in informing, advocating, developing solutions and creating better outcomes for children and families.
Opportunities for parents to get involved in advocacy.
- Contact your legislators on issues impacting your children and families. Sign up for our email list! Get the latest action alerts and advocate with the click of a finger.
- Participate in advocacy activities. ACNJ provides a platform for parents to meet with their legislators to discuss your issues. We can also provide support to prepare you to testify in legislative hearings, write op-eds or speak to the media.
- Engage with other parents by attending monthly meetings highlighting different policy topics that impact children and families. Click here for meetings coming up and highlights of past meetings.
- Represent parents on the Parent Leadership Council. By participating you can help guide policies and advocacy activities.
Equipping parents with information, training, support and guidance to help them be the best advocates they can be.
Think you can't do it? Well, yes you can!
In 2020, ACNJ partnered with Melinated Moms to engage parents with real life experiences. Through Melinated Moms’ Find Your Roar trainings, parents are upheld as experts with the ability to advocate for change to bring about better outcomes for their children and communities. Parents who completed the Find Your Roar trainings were invited to form the ROAR Parent Leadership Council, where they offer input to proposed solutions.
Legislators and policymakers tend to read the newspaper and watch the news, so hearing your message from those channels can be particularly persuasive. We will provide you with the support and guidance to deliver your message to the news media or testify in front of a legislative committee hearing.
Ready to get involved and have your voice heard?
We want to speak with you! Contact our Parent Engagement Manager, Miguelina Maldonado, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-643-3876 x 213.
Sharing your story with decision-makers
Parents have testified before state legislators about parental leave, finding child care and the challenges of raising a baby in New Jersey.
Raise your voices for babies at Strolling Thunder NJ
At this annual event parents have an opportunity to tell decision makers to make babies a high priority.