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On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the National Association of Child Advocates (NACA), this report discusses the current status of children, demonstrates the progress in the well-being of children due to the organization's efforts, identifies current challenges for child advocates, and describes the history of the organization. Statistics are presented on the current status of children with regard to child support, school readiness, immunizations, health insurance, poverty level, and other important characteristics. The report notes that although significant progress has been made with regard to health insurance coverage, child poverty rate, teen birth rate, participation in the School Breakfast Program, infant mortality rate, juvenile homicides, and child abuse and neglect rates, considerable challenges remain. Child advocacy is defined, and the work of the National Association of Child Advocates from its inception is described. A Child Advocacy Timeline from 1847 to the present day includes important milestones in the history of child advocacy efforts in the United States. The report also contains a list of members of the National Association of Child Advocates organized by state, describes the accomplishments of NACA members, and details the support NACA provides to its members. The report delineates the challenges for NACA in the next 15 years and presents a list of supporting organizations. The report concludes with the 1999-2000 annual report from the president of NACA. (KB)

Descriptors: Advocacy, Annual Reports, Child Advocacy, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Children, Childrens Rights, History, Organizations (Groups), Program Descriptions, Social Indicators, Well Being

Autor: Foster, Catherine Crystal

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8189&id=ED442582

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