ERIC Number: ED459927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Speaking for America's Children: Child Advocates Identify Children's Issues and 2002 State Priorities.
Foster, Catherine Crystal
Despite the ongoing devolution of policymaking from the federal to the state and local level, there remains a belief that there is a single agenda for children. In summer 2001, the National Association of Child Advocates (NACA) surveyed its membership to determine if a national agenda for children exists. This paper identifies the key issues affecting children in their states and outlines how child advocates propose to address them in 2002. The introduction details emerging trends influencing child advocacy and discusses overarching issues affecting children. The bulk of the report is comprised of profiles for 49 states (all except Alaska) and the District of Columbia. Each profile lists member organizations for the state, provides key statistics, lists top issues affecting children and families, and identifies the top child advocacy priorities for 2002. The findings revealed that while there are some common issues, such as ensuring that all children have access to affordable quality health care, the strategies necessary for reaching that goal vary considerably. Differing demographic, political, economic, historic, and social circumstances in each state create unique environments requiring individualized responses. The report concludes by noting that there may be consensus about children's most fundamental needs, but setting priorities and choosing strategies to improve child well-being are processes that differ significantly nationwide, with every state and city creating a unique environment for advocacy and change. The report's seven appendices include a description of the study methodology and the statistical analyses used, a glossary of key terms, and a list of NACA members. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Children, National Surveys, Organizations (Groups), Public Policy, Surveys, Well Being
National Association of Child Advocates, 1522 K Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-289-0777; Fax: 202-289-0776; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.childadvocacy.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Child Advocates, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States