Welfare Advocates

Founded over 35 years ago, Welfare Advocates is a statewide coalition of community-based organizations, advocacy groups, faith communities, and consumers, whose mission it is to educate ourselves and the wider community and to advocate for an adequate safety-net and public policies that support families moving to self-sufficiency. Welfare Advocates is chaired by Regan Vaughan of Catholic Charities.

Through public education in the form of our annual conference and advocacy by participation in workgroups, hearings, and other meetings, we continue to identify needs and recommend solutions for people who are moving from welfare towards self-sufficiency. We meet monthly, produce educational materials (Guide to Welfare in Maryland), initiate surveys regarding public thought on welfare, and sponsor numerous forums. We are leaders in the advancement of just public policies.

Membership in Welfare Advocates is open to organizations and individuals committed to ensuring there is an adequate safety-net for all Marylanders. There is no cost to join.

37th Annual Welfare Advocates Conference

Date: November 22, 2016

Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Annapolis, MD

The Morning Plenary will cover Welfare Reform in Maryland focusing on where we've been, where we are, and where we need to go. Our featured panelists - Sen. Richard Madaleno, Del. Shelley Hettleman, Del. Sandy Rosenberg, and Former Senator Martin Madden - were all involved in the original legislation in 1996.

The Afternoon Plenary will highlight upcoming legislative initiatives for the 2017 Maryland General Assembly, providing an opportunity for attendees to connect to efforts for policy change.

Registration Information: For the conference agenda, workshop descriptions, and registration information, please visit our conference page.