Child advocacy is speaking out for the best interest of children. Jan Daniels, youth development coordinator of Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana, discusses how to be an advocate for children and why it is important.
When To Be an Advocate for Children
Jan Daniels describes advocacy as speaking out for children in the face of obstacles like bullying and strained relationships with authority figures, such as coaches and teachers. Children can run into these problems at school, after-school programs and extracurricular
How To Be An Advocate For Children
Advocacy is achieved through persistence. Daniels says, "The best thing you can do is be persistent, be consistent and ask for help." When approaching a situation, make your child's needs clear and known to people who can change and help the situation.
Daniels advises, when working with educators and a school environment, to start with your child's teacher or the principal.
In the northeast Louisiana area, there are several resources for child advocacy and children. Daniels suggests contacting the Children's Coalition or the Child Advocacy Center in Monroe.