Ad'vo'ca'cy - noun, 1. Public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy; 2. The act of pleading for or supporting.Parents often start down the road of advocacy by speaking for their own children at parent-teacher conferences or with the school principal. They then begin to recognize that the other children in the classroom or school have similar needs. Eventually, activities can build to the point where parents are advocating on the local, state, and national levels for all children.All PTA units in North Carolina are required to have an Advocacy chair serve on their Board of Directors, and the Advocacy committee is one of three Standing Committees required of all NC PTA units. According to NC Uniform Bylaws, the advocacy committee shall develop and organize meetings, activities, and programs to further the goals and purposes of PTA. This committee is tasked with improving communications and relationships between school staff and families; educating families and caregivers on important issues related to the health and educational success of their children; and helping to make each child’s potential a reality.Not all Advocacy committees will look alike; there are a variety of ways that your unit can personalize this committee to suit the needs of your school. These resources from PTA should help you on your road to effective advocacy of children.Be in touch with your state legislators! Visit the North Carolina General Assembly website for information on bills.For a list of state legislators and their contact information, visit the "Who Represents Me?" page.