What is Advocacy?

What is Advocacy?

“Advocacy is the act of speaking in support of human concerns or needs. Where people have their own voice, advocacy means making sure they are heard; where they have difficulty speaking, it means providing help; where they have no voice, it means speaking for them.” – Malcolm Payne, Modern Social Theory, 1997.

At Parent Support Services Society we work to give parents, grandparents, and other kinship caregivers the tools they need in order to advocate for themselves. We do this through our Support Circles, and our Kinship Care Support Line. This is individual advocacy. PSS also participates in systemic advocacy. We are part of larger coalitions such as the First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. We also sometimes share the concerns we hear from our families – such as family poverty, rights of all children to attend school, corporal punishment, and challenges faced by kinship caregivers.  photo above from 2016, then GRG Support Line Advocate Dennis Nkojo on Pulse Radio discussing grandparents raising grandchildren and kinship care