Parent Advocacy

Until children are mature and informed enough to speak up for themselves, parents play a huge role in identifying and pushing for the resources their children need to be successful. As a parent, you know best your child?s strengths and challenges.

Here are some tips on what you can do to help be the best advocate for your child:

  • Be clear as to what your goal is for your child. The clearer it is for you, the clearer it will be to others.
  • Organization is important! Document everything: your child?s report cards, medical records, progress reports, etc. Have any commitments that have been made in writing, that way you can check them later if you need to.
  • Build positive relationships with the professionals working with your child and maintain open communication.
  • Ask questions: there are people there to help.
  • Talk to your child about what they are experiencing.
  • Be persistent and stay respectful.

There are many organizations that are there to help and who can guide you to information regarding your child?s legal rights.