Frequently Asked Questions
What is Child Advocacy Day?
Child Advocacy Day is an event held in Jefferson City and is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Children, Youth, and Families. This year, Child Advocacy Day is scheduled for April 3, 2018. It is an opportunity for child advocates to come together and show their support for children by meeting with legislators to discuss critical children’s issues, participating in workshops, rallying with other advocates from around the state, and visiting exhibit booths to learn about new services and programs.
Who can attend Child Advocacy Day?
Anyone who wants to support children through legislative action is encouraged to attend.
Is there a registration fee?
No, Child Advocacy Day is held free of charge.
How Do I register?
You should register online to help expedite the registration process. Groups must register each individual. This helps the planning committee know how many participants are attending so there are enough materials and what parts of the state participants are coming from. Click here to register online.
Where is Child Advocacy Day held?
The main events are held in Missouri’s capital city in Jefferson City. Advocates meet at the Capitol Rotunda (which is in the middle of the building on the first floor) to register. Advocacy Workshops are held in the Truman Building located at 301 W. High Street (across the street from the Capitol Building) and the Governor’s Office Building, just up the street. The rally and meetings with legislators occurs at the Capitol Building located at 201 W. Capitol Avenue.
What can I do at Child Advocacy Day?
Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for you to meet and speak with your Senator and/or Representative about issues that affect children. You can also attend workshops that address policy issues affecting children and families, and visit exhibits to network with children’s services professionals and advocates throughout Missouri.
What can I do to prepare for Child Advocacy Day?
It is highly recommended that you call your Senator or Representative in advance to make a 15-minute appointment with him/her on Child Advocacy Day. You can find out who your legislators are by checking the Missouri State Home Page on the web at MO Rep Lookup. Although appointments aren’t always honored depending on the business of the day, it is good to let your legislators know you are coming. You can also prepare by following our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information about important pending legislation.
How do I find my legislators at the Capitol?
You can find out who your legislator is either during registration (which is first thing in the morning in the Capitol Rotunda) or by visiting the Information Table in the exhibit area on the 3rd floor in the Capitol Rotunda or at the Truman Building during the morning sessions.
Where do I get in the building?
It is most convenient for Child Advocacy Day participants to enter the Capitol through its front doors located behind the large set of outdoor steps/lawn area. Be advised that you will pass through a metal detector on your way into the building.
What if I have questions while attending Child Advocacy Day?
Where can I park?
Parking is available in the Madison Street Garage for a fee. Free parking is available on the west side of the Capitol (down the hill). Click here to view a map of public parking lots. Lots 9, 10, 12, 13, 13A, 14, 16 and 18 all have free public parking.
Locate one of the Child Advocacy Day volunteers wearing a red “Volunteer” badge.