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Advocacy Plan to Obtain an Interim Increase in Funding for Social Workers in FFAs

Thank you to those of you who were able to participate in one of the California Alliance Webinars on the Advocacy Plan to Obtain an Interim Increase in Funding for Social Workers in FFAs.  If you would like to schedule a separate Webinar for your board of directors, staff or foster parents please contact Jackie Rutheiser at jrutheiser@cacfs.org.

 

Your immediate assignment is to send in letters of support and schedule meetings with your senators and assembly members who are in your districts where your agency has offices, satellite offices or where you serve youth.  In addition, if your agency has closed offices, it is important to contact elected officials and their staff in those districts to explain the reasons for the closure, especially if it was due to the depressed FFA rate.

 

Please engage your foster families, staff, natural allies, advocacy groups and your board members to join in this effort.  Feel free to distribute these documents to anyone you deem appropriate.

 

Although much of the information is included in the PowerPoint, the charts and graphs contained on this page in PDF or Excel format can be printed as separate documents.  (Note, the charts and graphs look better printed in color because some pages will not be clearly understood in black and white). The letter of support templates are in Word because you will need to modify the letter and/or talking points to reflect the specific challenges and population served by your agency.

 

Contact Jackie at jrutheiser@cacfs.org or Dani at dmole@cacfs.org if you would like assistance in modifying your support letters or locating a legislator.  If you have any questions about the charts and graphs, please contact Doug Johnson at djohnson@cacfs.org.

 

If you have trouble opening the documents, contact Kevin Swartzendruber at kswartzendruber@cacfs.org. Some of these documents open slowly since most are not PDF files, so please be patient.

 
For Agency staff:

1.        PowerPoint for the Advocacy Plan to Obtain an Interim
        Increase in Funding for Social Workers in FFAs

2.        Assembly Letter of Support Template

3.        Senate Letter of Support Template

For Agency Board Members:

           PowerPoint for the Advocacy Plan to Obtain an Interim
        Increase in Funding for Social Workers in FFAs

2.        Assembly Letter of Support Template

3.        Senate Letter of Support Template
 

Support Materials for Everyone:

4.   
    Meeting Request Template for Senator or Assembymember

    Talking Points

    FAQ: Interim Reinvestment in FFA Social Workers

5.        Decline of Purchasing Power for FFAs Graph

6.        Chart Showing Decline in the Number of FFAs from 2007– 2013

7.        Wage Comparisons for Social Workers 2001-2013

8.        Fact Sheet for Increase in Funding for Social Workers in FFAs

9.        Alliance Grassroots Roster: Legislators representing your offices
        and satellite offices

10.      Grassroots County VIP’s 2014: Your local child welfare, probation,
        supervisors, mental health and important county contacts

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