Get Involved by Lending a Helping Hand
There are many of ways to participate in child advocacy; we only need the desire. How can you lend a helping hand to children and families in your community? Take the first step by becoming aware of issues impacting kids today – check out Child Welfare News. Next follow-up by finding ways to advocate for children in your community and abroad; below are some easy ways to help.
- Write child advocacy editorials in your local paper.
- Donate to children programs local and abroad.
- Call or write your local, state, and national representatives to influence for children.
- Start-up or donate to food, clothing, and school supply drives locally or internationally.
- Participate in local youth & family programs – civic and church by volunteering or giving.
- If your an organization, initiate and sponsor a child protection and child sexual abuse prevention program or workshop.
- Use your skills, talents and time to mentor or offer free services (i.e. medical health checks) to at risk or disadvantage youths.
Interested in getting more involved? See if these volunteer opportunities are right for you:
Volunteering your time with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. You’ll have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. If volunteering isn’t possible consider making a donation.
Becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA/GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Become a Foster Parent. Successful foster parents have two things in common: they have a desire to help children, and they are flexible – they know how to roll with the punches. Most importantly, foster families need to provide safe, stable and caring homes for children.