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Legislative Advocacy Video Plus Sample Letter


Click above to play the legislative advocacy video.

Sample legislator letter below:

Dear Senator (or Representative) Schmo:

I live in XXXX (If you live in the lawmaker’s district). I am an attorney/adoptive parent/ environmental engineer/teacher/go to church with your brother (or anything that is topically relevant or establishes why you are interested or how they might know you.) I am concerned about/or strongly support HB 000 SB 000, because…… (Be specific. Use examples of how this bill would help or hurt the applicable situation and what you want or worry will happen.)

Thank you for your sponsorship or support and your leadership on this issue.
I would like you to oppose this bill when it comes before you for a vote.
I would like you to co-sponsor the bill and support it when it comes before you for a vote.

I appreciate your (service/leadership/willingness to consider my point of view/or whatever fits your situation).


Full name
phone number


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About Dawn Coppock

Tennessee Adoption Attorney and Author

For over 30 years, Dawn has been an adoption and child-welfare advocate nationally and in Tennessee. She knows where the system is working and the many places that it is not. When she provides her frank assessment to policy makers, they listen. She has drafted and passed many child-welfare bills in the Tennessee Legislature, founded, encouraged and supported advocacy organizations, educated lawyers and judges on good practice, and pointed out places that we can do better for our children, openly and behind the scenes at every opportunity.

Dawn Coppock, Adoption Attorney

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