#FamilyFirst Twitter Townhall

Join the Twitter Town Hall for the #FamilyFirstAct
11am – noon Pacific Time / 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Please join the Twitter Town Hall help getting the Family First Prevention Services Act over the finish line!

Current situation: The Family First Act is hung up in the Senate and we're up against a Sept. 30 deadline. To make matters worse, it looks like the Senate will recess as early as next week... we need URGENT ACTION to get the Senate to move on the Family First Act!

About the Town Hall: To raise awareness at a critical juncture, FosterClub and partners will host a virtual Twitter Town Hall on Monday at 11am Pacific Time / 2pm Eastern Time. FosterClub and partners will be asking key questions throughout the hour-long Town Hall -  you are free to respond and use the questions to generate your own tweets. The goal would be to generate at least 100 tweets during the hour!

What you can do: Join the Twitter Town Hall by responding to questions that will be posted by FosterClub and partners every 7 minutes.  You can respond with your own tweets. The goal would be to generate at least 100 tweets during the hour!

All tweets should use the hashtag #FamilyFirstAct to contribute to the discussion and be visible to all. 

Be sure to point your tweets to your Senator (rumor is that many Senators personally watch their own twitter feeds!).  You do this by adding the Senator’s twitter handle in your tweet (check here for a list of Senator Twitter handles: https://twitter.com/gov/lists/us-senate/members)


Example Tweets:

Foster youth or alumni:
I spent 4 years in Texas foster care and we need the #FamilyFirstAct @ JohnCornyn @SenTedCruz

Foster parent:
As a foster parent, I know kids need family connections. @SenatorBoxer please support #FamilyFirstAct

@SenatorBoxer please read: FosterClub Exec Director elevates youth voice for #FamilyFirstAct http://bit.ly/2cq7x6d


Another strategy:

If your senator is on the list below, show some love and thank them for their co-sponsorship of the #FamilyFirstAct (maybe they can get their colleagues on board!):

Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]     @SenOrrinHatch

Sen. Wyden, Ron [D-OR]    @RonWyden

Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]   @ChuckGrassley

Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO]   @SenBennetCO

Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ]   @JeffFlake

Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]   @SenBobCasey

Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]   @SenStabenow

Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]    @ChrisCoons

Sen. Murphy, Christopher S. [D-CT]   @ChrisMurphyCT

Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]   @RoyBlunt

Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]   @SenJackReed


Happy tweeting!


Co-Sponsors of the Town Hall:

Children's Defense Fund
First Focus
Generations United
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Voice for Adoption