The Catholic Charities Advocacy Department addresses the social conditions for clients, needs of the eight Catholic Charities organizations, and all people in our community. The Advocacy Department helps develop the Federation’s public policy priorities, advocate at the state and federal level for the poor and vulnerable, and teach Catholics how to put their faith into action.

The role of the Advocacy Department is to:

  • Integrate public policy priorities with agency needs and client experiences;
  • Engage and educate people on the public policy priorities of Catholic Charities; and
  • Mobilize Catholic Charities directors, board members, and staff, as well as the Catholic community to advocate on a local, state, and federal level and to build relationships with decision makers.
2017 Public Priorities

Strenghten Our Agencies:

  • Protect tax credit programs which benefit our agencies
  • Advocate for relevant funding in the Missouri state budget
  • Support Missouri’s participation in the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement to increase state and local revenue

Protect and Prioritize the Health of Our Clients:

  • Protect Medicaid benefits
  • Increase access to health insurance
  • Enforce mental health parity in health insurance
  • Increase access to psychiatric care for children
  • Respond to the opiate crisis in our state

Bolster Family and Economic Security:

  • Support the Missouri Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Ensure that government assistance is designed to promote long-term independence and stability
  • Support the Missouri Earned Family and Medical Leave program