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What are the career paths for people interested in Children's Rights?

I am NOT interested in being a social worker. I'm actually interested in completely revamping the child welfare system. I don't agree with the current standards of social work. I am more interested in national work such as with UNICEF USA or working with the United Nations or being a national children's rights lobbyist. I'm just not sure where to start. I also have an interest in law but I'm not entirely sure I see myself as a lawyer. I would definitely work as an amicus lawyer but I'm not sure the family law field is ready for me to be able to focus on children's rights specifically.

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Ann’s Answer

Hi Fiona - I love your interest. We definitely need more people like you focusing on important topics like this. It sounds like you are looking for something like Public Administration. Public Administrators are the behind the scenes people in government shaping public programs that are focused on the welfare of people. For example, the Department of Health will have public administrators that design outreach programs to help combat the spread of HIV. They aren't treating the HIV patients instead they are creating programs to improve the care or prevent transmission.

Public Administration degrees are offered at many levels. You can start with a Bachelors in Public Administration. However, since you have a very specific goal in mind I would recommend considering an undergraduate degree in social work or child development and then going on for you masters in PA or vice-versa. This would help you to become knowledgeable in the exact area you want to impact while also learning how to shape public policy.

Take a look at the article below for more insight. I hope this helps! Good luck!

https://www.forbes.com/advisor/education/public-administration-degree/
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Marie’s Answer

Guardian ad litem help children going through the court system . You do not need to be a lawyer. There may be special training or classes to understand your role. The guardian ad litem reviews the progress of a child's case through the court process and advocate for timely hearings, provision of necessary services, and compliance with court orders. The guardian ad litem is an officer of the court, appointed to protect the child's interest without being bound by the child's expressed preferences.
Children's right organization uses the power of the court to hold states accountable for meeting specific, court-enforceable benchmarks that ultimately transform the way kids are treated in government systems. They harness the power of the law to compel measurable and lasting reforms that improve children’s lives. Children’s Rights fights for systemic change.
Through legal action and advocacy Children’ Rights improves the mental health of kids trapped in systems. They prioritize children’s mental health, demands justice for children with mental health disabilities forcibly placed in institutions. You can check web site for staff positions, fellowships and internships jobs. They employ quite a few paralegal
For over eight decades, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has helped save and meaningfully improve more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. UNICEF USA is building a coalition for children’s right. UNICEF's work in North America focuses on providing health, education, protection and more to vulnerable children. They make sure children’s voices are heard on issues important to them.
I feel that guardian ad litem may be a place that would benefit from an amicus attorney. The children need someone on there side, fighting for there rights and needs
Hope that helps a little .
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Mary Rebekah’s Answer

Good morning! I love your interest. I went into public administration and worked on programs for child welfare before turning to work on the legal side. I agree with Ann's answer above. I think that a degree in Public Admin would be beneficial. I also think you should look at if you want to go to law school. Being a lawyer is not just arguing in court, there are many ways to work with a law degree. It is helpful in terms of crafting policies to understand how to interpret the law.

I really admire your goals and I know you will do amazing things!
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Anisah’s Answer

Hi, this is a very interesting question. And I loved how people are taking interest in answering your question. Shows the empathy of people towards children. As for career path, you can always go towards legal side, becoming a children rights lawyer, or go towards social work. You can also join journalism and if you want to stay anonymous can apt for ghostwriting. You can write articles about children rights for news, magazines and journalism websites.
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