Sample Letter for House RIUPA Bill
Customize and personalize this letter and send it to your Rhode Island Representative!
Dear Rep. [NAME],
I am writing to ask you to support the Rhode Island Uniform Parentage Act (RIUPA), H 7541, this session. I also encourage you to support key amendments that have been put forth to ensure the resulting law encompasses best practice and is fair for all families.
[IF YOU KNOW YOUR REP SUPPORTS THE BILL: I am writing to thank you for your support of the Rhode Island Uniform Parentage Act (RIUPA), H 7541. this session. I’m also asking you to support key amendments that have been put forth to ensure the resulting law encompasses best practice and is fair for all families.]
All children in Rhode Island deserve to be protected by a secure legal tie to their parents. Families are formed in many diverse ways in our state, and our current parentage law – which is 40 years old – has not kept up with the needs of many children being born and raised in Rhode Island. That leaves those children vulnerable and puts an unfair burden on families.
[I care about this issue because/My child and my family has been directly impacted by this – BRIEFLY SHARE YOUR STORY].
Our laws should support parents in caring for their children. Passing the RIUPA this session, with key amendments, will remove obstacles that hurt families, and will create clarity and consistency for everyone concerned with the wellbeing of children.
Our current parentage law is out of step with best practice, and with the rest of the New England and the country. Only two other states, Kentucky and Mississippi, have laws as outdated. I know Rhode Island can do better, and that this is the year.
Thank you for your consideration,
[Thank you again for your support],