Strong Families: Empowering Families through Public Policy

My mom is the only person I trust to wax my eyebrows, or give me facials, (she’s an esthetician). My dad is the first person I go to if something’s wrong with my car. My family is an integral part of who I am as a person. And like many other people, I need them. I need them for support, I need them for love, and I need them for safety. ALL families are important. The formula for a “family” has long evolved from the standard “nuclear family”: a husband, wife, and children, to something more realistic and culturally diverse like single parent families, multicultural families, or LGBT families. Regardless the formula, families are the building blocks to strong communities. Yet polices and laws surrounding families are still tied to the standard definition of “nuclear family”. What happens to families who fall outside this definition? What about families who have same-sex parents, or are children of illegal immigrants? These families struggle living under laws that don’t support them. Strong Families, a non-profit organization, strives to address these issues within public policies that restrict families from rights and resources they deserve.

Our vision is that every family have the rights, recognition and resources it needs to thrive.  We are engaging hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals in our work to get there.”

One of the policies they are currently working on is immigration policy that seeks to forcefully separate families with the threat of deportation. This is a wonderful organization that utilizes beautiful art with advocacy to promote policy change. This can clearly be seen through the e-card campaign they launched for mother’s day and for father’s day to advocate for the rights of families in immigration reform.

Please check out the Strong Families website and learn more about the amazing things this organization is doing to help protect and fight for families all over America.

Click the website to get involved and learn more about Strong Families:

http://strongfamiliesmovement.org/take-actionImage

~Janella Parucha, W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Social Media Volunteer

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