Example of One Type of Advocacy We Utilize
The first step is community fact-finding, essentially a group researches a project to find answers to questions such as these:Who makes decisions affecting children locally?
When and how are those decisions made?
What other key groups are out there?
Project Leaders then form Teams—organized groups of 5–50 members connected to each other either by an existing institution (e.g., child care center, school, congregation, workplace), a neighborhood, or an individual (e.g., Carol’s friends).
Teams identify one or two priority concerns related to children. Then Hope4KidZ Strategy Team, made up of 2-3 representatives from each Team, narrows down the many concerns to one unifying, broadly and deeply felt issue on which the entire Chapter will focus.
From there, the Team moves step-by-step toward formulating a concrete solution to propose to the appropriate local decisionmaker(s).
The information we gather will be formulated to allow us to view and present a much greater need. For instance, the below data reflects that over 137,000 families' lives were put under a microscope, accused/investigated for harming their own child, their names entered into a database (in case there are other calls), and for many families the long-term effects are devastating. This effects our community, our state, our country, indeed the very heart of society.
Questions arise from this information, such as:
2002 Data Book The Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services