Anyone Can Be An Advocate, Change-Maker, or Champion For Kids.
Advocacy as a practice is sometimes hard to figure out. Who should do it? What does it require? Does it always involve conflict and confrontation? How will I know it’s the right thing to do? What should I do?
But the truth of the matter is, anyone can be an advocate, and they can be one at any time in any number of circumstances. For instance, an individual advocates to their insurance company when they want them to re-evaluate the family’s denied claim. A parent will advocate for a child that requires access to disability services or special education assistance. Neighbors will advocate for speed bumps in the street to slow traffic in order to keep their kids safe. Whole communities will advocate for a corporation to change its business practices if they believe it needs to reduce pollution, increase local hiring, or improve an unfavorable corporate social responsibility record.
At the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon, we advocate for four primary objectives:
- Authoritative research into the prevalence, causes and prevention of child abuse and neglect in Oregon,
- Strategic investments that are orchestrated to make a real difference,
- Best practice, evidence-based service programs that are proven to produce results, and
- Governmental policy that serves children and strengthens families.
The purpose of our advocacy is to help ensure that every Oregon child has a chance to be safe, healthy, and nurtured, and that Oregon parents have access to the resources and supports they need to be the best parent they can be.