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We believe that everyone is an advocate who can share their talents and expertise to advance the health and well-being of children, families, and communities.

Kempe’s Advocacy Core facilitates and supports the self-driven advocacy work of our Kempe Center faculty and staff. Advocacy may entail more typical activities such as legislative briefings, expert witness testimony, amicus briefs, public statements, op-eds, public presentations, podcasts and media interviews, but we also encourage Kempe’s experts to be creative in their approach to advocacy by collaborating with artists, musicians, filmmakers and others to help tell the stories of children and families and elevate their voices using a variety of media.  

Pediatric Law, Ethics & Policy 

Law and Policy

As the oldest academic center in the nation focused specifically on child abuse and neglect, experts at the Kempe Center are continuously engaged in a multitude of dialogues at all levels (local, state, national, and international) focused on creating a world free of abuse and neglect. We are available to answer questions from lawmakers, media, decision-makers, litigators, influencers, advocates, and others to help ensure that all laws and policies are evidence-based, research-informed, and centered on the health and wellbeing of children and families.    


We believe that knowledge belongs to the public and should inform public dialogue and decision-making. Thus, Kempe’s Advocacy Core supports and engages faculty scholars and researchers in developing advocacy plans to translate their research into language and concepts accessible to the public. We help identify tools, methods, and platforms for dissemination to the public in the hope that all members of the public, including our leaders, make decisions that are informed by the latest research on what children and families need to thrive.

For questions regarding the Advocacy program, please email Abby Fitts, Family Policy Institute Project Coordinator at [email protected].


Advocacy can—and should!—be accessible and relatable to everyone. Here are some of the innovative ways we share our knowledge and expertise: