Grass Roots Parent Based Advocacy


Presenter: Kim Stevens



Grassroots advocacy is the most effective way to make real, lasting and effective change happen. Whether it is at the local, county, state or national level, parent voices, experiences and insights can guide us to more effective child welfare practice and family support.


With a growing coalition, parents across North America are poised to create and demand national commitment to equitable and consistent post adoption supports. Come to this workshop to both join the coalition and develop the “game plan.”


Content—Lecture, discussion and action planning by audience.  Material on corporate partnerships, the “ask,” creating messages, moving governments, engaging the wider community in the issues, and more will be shared.

Professional experience includes eight years with Massachusetts Families for Kids. Kim moved from part-time Family Advocacy Coordinator to Co-Director of MFFK.  While at MFFK, she established the Speak Out Team, a nationally recognized model for foster/adopted youth advocacy and awareness-raising. She also launched the Lifelong Families for Adolescents initiative with the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and assisted in successful advocacy for post-adoption services in Massachusetts. 

Kim works at North American Council on Adoptable Children as project manager for the Jockey Being Family™ funded Community Champions Network. CCN partners with communities throughout the US and Canada to establish effective, accessible and affordable community-based post adoption support services. Kim also provides training and consultation on foster care, adoption and youth permanency issues.

She and her husband, Buddy have six children, four of whom were adopted from the public foster care system.