How to Become a Child Advocate

Choose A Child Advocacy Path

How to Become a Child Advocate

Choose from six categories of Child Advocacy serving children today worldwide.

Compose your Child Advocacy Goals

Becoming a Child Advocate

Do you want to make Child Advocacy a career? What educational requirements are you needing for your selection?  Do you have the time and resources to achieve your goal?  

Educational Paths to Child Advocacy Careers

Steps to Become a Child Advocate

From your selected Child Advocacy path, research applicable degrees in Human Services, Social Work, Psychology, or numerous law related degrees.

Volunteer as a Child Advocate

Become a Child Advocate

Volunteering as a Child Advocate gives you experience, training and a foot in the door. Volunteering  gives you something to list on your resume and discuss in your interview for a career position.

Financial Donor / Contributor Child Advocacy

Become a Child Advocate

Research and Investigate charities, non-profits and organizations that help children in a way that interests you and support them through financial donations. Even $10.00 a month makes a difference 

Independent Child Advocate

How to Become a Child Advocate

Bossed around by no one, the Independant Child Advocate writes their own ticket, lays down new track and blazes fresh trails into the wonderful Child Advocacy wilderness.

Become a Child Advocate by Jason Wishert

Become a Child Advocate

The only prerequisite to become a child advocate is possessing an identification with the concept of love. Wanting to help children live safe, healthy, happy and thriving lives originates from love. Out of the six different categories of child advocacy that make up the global child advocacy population in the twenty-first century, two have zero exclusions and open to every human regardless of past history.  

  Representing approximately one-third of the worlds child advocates is the paid full time advocate followed by the part time paid advocate at around one-quarter of the global child advocacy population. The part time volunteer and the financial contributor/donor each represent roughly one-fifth wedges in the international child advocacy population pie-graph. In the minority at less than two percent is the full time volunteer with the rarest of rare birds being the independent child advocate at less than one percent.

Give a helping hand to children in need.

Give a helping hand to children in need.

 Become a Child Advocate

Child Advocacy will enrich your life with Love.

How to Become a Child Advocate

The Rainbow Flower is the international symbol of Child Advocacy.

Become a Child Advocate

The need to know what a child advocate is requires a working definition to reference. A search of the definition online yields many explanations on what constitutes a child advocate. Today there exists no universally accepted  definition of what specifically a child advocate is. The following definition of a child advocate is used to identify, quantify and categorize the worldwide child advocacy population effort and service to children.

  Child Advocate Defined; Any person acting in a paid or volunteer capacity helping children or financially supporting organizations that help children under 18 years of age including providing in part or whole, the basic necessities to live healthy lives characterized by protecting children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and being victims of crime based on a best interests ideology of speaking and acting on behalf of children with the end goals being a safe permanent home free of violence and crime conducive for a child to thrive, learn, grow, feel love and be happy.

How to Become a Child Advocate

Love and Compassion is what the world needs more of.

Become a Child Advocate

Wanting to become a Child Advocate originates from Love.

Become a child advocate

Child Advocates exist worldwide

How to Become a Child Advocate

The top hit on the list of child advocates is the paid full time advocate representing an estimated 33% of the global child advocacy population with part time paid child advocates making up another 25%.  Any paid child advocacy position will require advanced planning with specific educational and background requirements in order to procure. Researching and investigating the many types of paid child advocacy opportunities that exist is a fundamental first step along your path to become a paid child advocate. Paid career advocacy positions often require a four year college or graduate degree (health and human services is a major child advocacy degree), experience in a related field and the usual hiring requirements of these caliber employment opportunities. In cases where the advocate has direct interaction or temporary custody of a child, universally general criteria must be met in order to safeguard the child from wrongdoing on the part of the advocate. 

 The prospective advocate needs to keep in mind anyone offering child advocate service opportunities, be it paid or volunteer, will employ active efforts in safeguarding their hard-earned reputation and confidence built-up with the communities they serve. City, county, state governments and non-profit organization’s offer the majority of child advocacy opportunities that exist today and may have 50, 70, and even 100 years of service to the community with a good rapport built over time.


How to Become a Child Advocate

Become a Child Advocate

How to Become a Child advocate

Possessing good communication skills, patience and the ability to interact with people of various ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds are highly desirous and sought after skill-sets from those offering paid and volunteer child advocate opportunities anywhere on Earth.

 Established trust with the community is precious and can not be insured against loss. The only insurance is being careful, selective and doing a due-diligence background check on candidates wanting to serve as child advocates. Typical background screening often includes a law enforcement data system check, checking and following up with references and even reference interviews as they reveal information relevant to understanding if your “ready to roll ” as an appropriate fit within their organization. Even with these protocols in place, they still take a chance with a “bad apple” getting through and “salting their well” with a scandal.


Become a Child Advocate

How to Become a Child Advocate

Become a Child Advocate

Become a Child Advocate

As noted earlier, in a general sense, there are 6 categories or types of child advocates serving across the globe today. Paid full and part-time child advocates make up over half's the worlds child advocacy population. Next is the financial supporter/donor advocate at around 20%. The financial supporter/contributor child advocate is open to every human on Earth with available funds and a willingness to help children (based on an identification with the concept of love).  This is where research and investigation become critically important in your selection process of non-profits that demonstrate efficiency in management of services, gift contributions, personnel expenses and general operational overhead.


   

 Forbes publishes “The 100 largest U.S. Charities” each year. This list is an educational tool for people wishing to identify excellent charities and criteria that make a non-profit successful. Charities on this list are ones that demonstrate a high “charitable commitment” with the greatest amount of money going directly to the charitable cause. Along with the “charitable commitment” percentage, note the “fundraising efficiency” percentage of a prospective charity your thinking about giving to. The “fundraising efficiency” is the amount of funds left after deducting the cost of procuring them. It’s good advice to avoid any non-profit with a published “fundraising efficiency” of less than 75%.


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Volunteer child advocates are utilized by all levels of government and non-profits. Making up around one-fifth or about 20% of all child advocates are the part-time volunteers. One of the more famous volunteer positions in the United States is the Court Appointed Special Advocate or CASA program. A CASA is assigned a child by the court to represent that child's best interests in meetings and matters relating to and affecting that individual child that has been placed into temporary state custody by a local court. No words can express how truly awesome this program is to vulnerable children. 


The CASA program and its sister judicial program, Citizen Review Boards would be examples of part-time volunteer child advocacy positions. Part-time volunteer child advocacy positions generally consume much less than 32 hours a week. Volunteering above 32 hours a week as an advocate is rare with less than two percent of all child advocates being full time volunteers. When applying for any child advocacy opportunity, it’s always helpful to have training or experience in a similar or related field to list on your application and discuss in your interview.


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How to Become a Child Advocate

Become a Child Advocate

Become a Child Advocate

Child advocacy is a field dedicated to promoting optimal care for children. Government agency, child advocacy centers and educational service district websites are a “gold mine” of opportunities to become a child advocate be it paid, volunteer, full or part-time. This is where you want to be very picky. Your time and resources are extremely valuable and your selection process should be one made with taste, lest your efforts be displaced.

  Child advocacy does not always involve direct contact with families and children. If a child advocate sees issues needing addressed or revised in the statutes, codes and procedures governing the state, county or city child welfare system, she or he may advocate toward enhancing, adding or changing policies that presently diminish or not account for children’s rights, health or services in today's society.


Become a Child Advocate

Spending the time to "dig deep" and research organization’s and non-profits that advocate for children in a way that interests you is a fantastic beginning step in the careful process of selecting your child advocacy path forward. A mentor in an organization such as “Big Brothers Big Sisters of America” can use her or his love of a sport like fishing, baseball or horseback riding to bring adventure, excitement and happy childhood memories to a young persons life.

 The last category of child advocacy is open to everybody that can identify with the concept of love. The Independent Child Advocate has no exclusions or disqualifications. It is estimated the Independent Child Advocate represents less than one percent of the global child advocacy population. Independent child advocacy is described as child advocacy free from outside control, not depending on another’s authority, acting in a process of empowerment, serving children without the aide of a third party. Independent child advocacy can be further distinguished as advocacy for youth typically not depending on something or someone else for strength or effectiveness.

Become a Child Advocate

 The Independent Child Advocate may start-up a non-profit child benefiting organization such as a camp, clinic, foundation or organize a trip to an impoverished area to complete a project benefiting children and families. Independent Child Advocates act on their own initiative and may author children’s books, invent and market better child safety equipment and products or head community food drive initiatives. Independent child advocates are usually not supported by a third party and act on their own initiative towards children’s best interests

Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers Neighborhood children's program than ran for 33 years would be an example of an Independent Child Advocate. Mr. Rogers detested children's television options in the 1960's and created his own brand of children's television programming. Independent Child Advocates are motivated in part by helping children and youth finding and utilizing their own strength and guidance from within and teaching them to apply it consistently in real life situations.


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   Become a child advocate and enjoy a personally rewarding experience that historically has few regrets. In becoming a child advocate, you have the choice of working in an area of personal interest that allows you to express and exhibit your expertise and pursue your passions. Whether taking the higher educational requirement path to a full or part-time paid career in child advocacy, the path of a volunteer or of a financial contributor/supporter, many options and choices exist globally today in the 21st century. 

  The Child Advocacy Hall of Fame does not specifically endorse any single child benefiting organization or agency even if mentioned by name, we endorse only the child advocacy lifestyle. We strongly encourage the careful and meticulous choosing and investigation of organization’s, agencies and non-profits that offer child advocate service opportunities before becoming involved. 


 We wish you the best of luck in your search and thank you sincerely for your willingness to help children and become a child advocate. We hope someday to induct your name into the Child Advocacy Hall of Fame as a world-class child advocate. Helping children become better by being a child advocate offers life-changing experiences and a sense of purpose that absolutely adds meaningful accomplishment to our journey called life. Do not ever underestimate the amazing power of love and compassion.