How to Become an Advocate for Parents

Many kinds of professionals choose to become advocates for the community of parents in a given nation or region of the world, or in the global community. Every type of family or parental advocacy is different, but many of these individuals use some of the same basic steps to establish themselves as an effective family advocate. Here are some of the most commonly recommended steps in how to become an advocate for parents.


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    Get experience and credibility in a certain kind of parental issue. In order to set yourself up as an advocate for parents, try to focus on a specific issue and work toward a specific focus.
    • Get credentials in a specific field. For example, those who want to advocate on medical issues for parents can benefit greatly from a bachelor of science degree in biology, a nursing degree or other medical qualifications.
    • Practice in a specific field. Again, getting practical experience around the issue will help you to become a more effective advocate.
    • Evaluate legal issues related to advocacy. Make sure that you are approaching your advocacy in ways that will not expose you to liability over time. For example, if you plan to warn parents about a certain product, have your facts right and look into what constitutes obstruction of business to protect yourself from challenges.
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    Do effective outreach to give yourself visibility as an advocate. Another step in becoming an advocate for parents is to promote your individual research and findings, and to present yourself as an expert on an issue.
    • Use a blog to pursue advocacy. The blog is a very popular format for this kind of outreach. Media reports have suggested that parents read blogs more frequently, on average, than other demographics. This can be a good way to get visibility for your issues.
    • Get on board as a contributor to various publications. Publications that focus on specific issues or provide advocacy are also good venues for establishing a position as a parental advocate.
    • Evaluate TV and visual media opportunities. Television and related video media can get you access to a much greater audience and springboard your role as advocate.
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    Reach out to parents. Build your audience by speaking directly to families about issues that may impact them.
    • Find audiences at public events. Use public community events to promote your position as an advocate, displaying your experience and credentials and speaking out on parental issues.
    • Start a mailing list. The list can serve as an effective tool for growing your audience and getting parents to listen to your communications on issues. It also helps you to communicate further with those who have expressed interest in what you have to say.
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    Continue to learn. Parents will appreciate a consultative advocate who pays attention to the most recent data on issues, and remains informed about them on a day-to-day basis.

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