Few politicians speak to the children’s issues. Fewer still understand or advocate for programs that would help the 3 million children reported to child protection services each year.

Children have no voice, no lobby, and no vote to impact the policies that impact their lives.

It is up to those of us that know the issues and understand the needs, to advocate for those who cannot.

If we don’t speak up for them, who will?

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  1. One way to raise the profile of children’s issues is to advocate for high quality early education programs and resources; and for high quality afterschool programs; also to advocate for family issues. The “back door” approach, so to speak. Support the adults who are supporting the children.

  2. This is a question I have been asking myself, and others, for over twenty years–longer really. After much strategizing, I have come to think that one of the best ways is putting children in perspective (from the adults’ POV) and to discuss about them as objects. I know that sounds terrible, but one must think about how people who are of the age now (adults) to make decisions think about those decisions. How can we invoke, on children’s’ matters, a desire within them to reach into their pockets (or their hearts) and come out with a fist full of dollars and concern?

    I think COHORT analysis is one of the best ways–compare children in certain cohorts to adults today–as adults today so readily identify themselves as boomers, etc. We need to so objectify children. For example, talk about and study children born since 1979 –when neonatal intensive care and surfactant became commonly used–we were suddenly able to save babies of low birth weight that had never been saved before–but to what end? Look at the high levels of disability in children born between 1979 and the next twenty years—time when these NICU techniques were highly improved. Besides being a “baby bust” group, this group is next in line to take on the responsibilities of managing the retirement of boomers and those who are even older. Explain the burden they face, and then talk about their kids (preschoolers right now). It is not the people born between 1930 and whatever that are the TRUE “silent” generation, it is this group born after 1979. We must engage them by defining and exposing the true burdens they face and the help that they (and thus their children) need to get through the coming years.

    Many more ideas, but this should stimulate some discussion.

  3. I think both the elderly and children, especially those who are poor suffer consequences that need the attention of private, nonprofit and government entities. Just think of Hurricane Katrina, the animals received more immediate attention from doctors then the children and the elderly. I “loved” how the media labeled those United States citizens as”refugees,” the last time I checked, New Orleans was a US city.The government and social service agencies whose mission was to respond to a crisis of that nature and advocate for the elderly and the children were ill-prepared. The children and the elderly died and still are suffering from that traumatic experience. Both populations need attention to specific areas to improve the quality of their lives.

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