Human Development and Family Studies
Section II | Advocacy
Nature of the Job
Advocacy work typically is involved to some degree in most social service or human resources positions. Some careers, however, are devoted solely to advocacy—to being a spokesperson and activist on behalf of targeted groups such as children, the elderly, the disabled. Advocacy addresses both individual needs and societal institutions. Advocates represent the interests of individual clients within the educational, legal, and social service systems, and they also work to change discriminatory laws or institutional policies.
Where You Might Work
Advocacy jobs are available in many different settings. Your choice of setting would depend upon whether you were interested in working with children or adults and whether you have interests in certain special groups such as those with physical or mental disabilities. Most communities have state/federally funded or nonprofit agencies devoted to advocacy.
Suggested Areas for Minor/Collateral:
- Social Work, Sociology
Suggested Internship Sites for HDFS 4314:
- Advocacy, Inc.
- CASA of Lubbock
- Children’s Advocacy Center
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