Child Advocacy: Let’s Get the Job Done

Child Advocacy: Let’s Get the Job Done

This is a story that asks a question. First the story.

Once upon a time there was a land so rich in resources that people beyond its borders thought the streets must be paved with gold. But it was so poor in spirit that it surrounded its children with violence and left them hungry, homeless, ignored. Over time the consequences of that neglect became increasingly evident, until one day, the plight of the children could no longer be ignored. Finally, it seemed, attention would be paid.

Now the question: What will it take to speed up the process?

This question haunts advocates for vulnerable children. It isn’t that no one would speak for the children; they have. But in the United States their warnings rarely resulted in anything more than a token response. Victories have tended to be piecemeal, grudging, never enough to change the conditions that put so many children at risk in the first place. Or the reforms are left unimplemented, without the money needed to carry them out. Throughout the twentieth century that has been the case.