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Beech Acres Parenting Center is a social service lobbyist that serves children and families with a view to strengthening families to take the right care for their children. It connects parents to resources, peers, experts, and support agencies, who equip them with better parenting knowledge, abilities, and skills. It serves population under Greater Cincinnati, California.
My interviewee is Mr. David T. Wallace, who serves as a member of board, but has served as an advocate until 2005. He recalls his roles as an advocate, as mostly providing education to parents and guardians, regarding provision of the right parental care and guidance. He explains that he intervenes to restore good child-parent relationship, especially to the adopted children, who are largely known to rebel against their parents. In addition to that, he empowers the community to speak, and petition the government to offer necessary support to end abuses that modern children face.
Mr. Wallace joined Beech Acres Parenting Center after completing his degree in law. His desire to give himself back to society, made him volunteer to provide encouragement and support to the parents, who took care of deviant children. As a school-age child, Wallace benefitted from community services, which helped him covering part of the school fees. He was appointed as an advocate three years later. The most rewarding part of his career is changing parent-children relationship for the better, and seeing them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, Mr. Wallace says he earns a salary these days.
He would want to spread this social agency to the whole world rather than concentrate around California. In addition to that, Mr. David believes that making services provided by Beech Acres Parenting Center absolutely free, would increase the number of clients served; thereby, gear towards achieving its vision. These are the major issues that he feels he has to improve in his career in order to be more responsive to the growing demand for the services.
He explains his reasons for becoming an advocate as the decreasing parental influence, and increasing media and peer influence in children’s decision-making activities. Therefore, he wishes to reverse the trend and protect children from stress, violence, suicide attempts, poor health, and poor school performances, among other challenges that modern parents and children come across with.
Mr. Wallace expected a challenging duty that would involve encouraging the public to seek services from this social agency. However, he finds the job much easier, since parents come looking for services from this social agency without formal invitations. The government is able to enforce its laws, such as compulsory basic education and monitoring of children with special needs. Moreover, it is able to trace victims and perpetrators of crimes involving children. It is made possible and easier through social agencies, such as Beech acres Parenting Center (Besharov, 1974).
Lobbyists get dollars through fundraising campaigns, donations from well-wishers, and sometimes support from government agencies and legislators. The money is quite useful in meeting administration expenses, as well as ensuring services provided are up to standard. Mr. Wallace interprets his advocacy as a policy changer because it mainly involves enabling clients change their ways and support children firmly (Besharov, 1974).
He hopes that future human services will be fully catered for by governments through increasing more funding, so as to make services absolutely free for every citizen and in the whole world. He wishes that more social agencies in the line of promoting good parentage be created to address the rising cases of parental neglect, child abuse, deviancy, rebelliousness, and teen pregnancy among other challenges. Increasing community awareness is not the only solution. More advocacy is necessary to prevent and manage these challenges (Hall & Rezaian, 2011).