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CW207 Child Welfare II - Advocacy
This module focuses on advocacy and how to gather information to assist in advocacy. You will also become aware of the issues that affect all of us, including individuals and families involved with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems. We will also review some advocacy strategies available to you and to clients. For both you and the client, advocacy is more effective and enjoyable when done with others. 
Course Objective
• Identify advocacy issues with individuals by gathering information, reviewing, and analyzing all aspects of the problem.
• Describe current laws, services and community resources to assist and educate individuals to secure needed supports.
• List methods for assisting and/or representing the individual when there are barriers to their service needs and lobby decision-makers when appropriate to overcome barriers to services.
• Describe strategies for interacting with and educating community members and organizations (e.g., employers, landlords, civic organizations) about the individual’s needs for services.
• Describe the diverse challenges facing individuals and families and effective advocacy strategies used to overcome such challenges.
Intended Audience
Direct support professionals, case managers, nursing assistants, health aides 
Author Bio
The Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. also known as Providers’ Council is a statewide association of health and human service agencies. Founded in 1975, the Providers' Council is the state's largest human service trade association and is widely recognized as the official voice of the private human service provider industry. Providers’ Council founded and deployed the first online curriculum and credential programs for direct support professionals and continues to enhance this curriculum with current data and workforce practices.
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