ERIC Number: ED336235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-6
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Constituency for Children.
One of the goals of the West Virginia Task Force on Children, Youth and Families is to build a constituency for children. Two critical factors in building a constituency for children are a shared vision and influential leaders. The four principles used by the Task Force for building a constituency are: (1) defining a regional target for organizing in the private sector; (2) promoting models for programs that work; (3) using a membership concept in which there is no fee to join, and each member becomes a regional advisor; and (4) conducting fact-finding and sharing information. Building a constituency for children in rural West Virginia must consider limited resources, geographic isolation, and physician shortages. Other challenges include differing needs of each member of the coalition and of different regions. Risk factors for children are poverty, health problems of early childhood, and abuse and neglect. Examples of programs that will help overcome the risk factors are Headstart, Women Infants and Children (WIC), and Family Planning. Some of the reasons society does not do what is right for children are demands of special interests, greed, power, and lack of knowledge. There is a growing recognition that it is in everyone's self-interest to do something. The public recognizes that children must be protected from poverty and other abuses because when they are not, society will one day have to be protected from them. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Appalachia (5th, Lexington, KY, November 6-7, 1990).