Advocacy is a huge component of social work. I'm sure many of you have seen the statuses that say to change your default to a cartoon character to stop child abuse.
I know the simple posting of a picture won'tt solve the problem, but it will raise awareness, which is a key component to bringing about change (knowledge and support are others).
So, if you haven't already done so, consider changing your profile picture for this cause. Children love cartoons, and what better way to bring attention to them!
Remember when you were a child, and had the joy of watching cartoons? Children of abuse deserve this opportunity too. The opportunity to laugh and be a kid without living in fear. It's sadly become an epidemic in this country, and some people feel they don't need to do anything, let the social workers handle it, if you're gonna complain about it, report it....but it's not that simple.
In addition, the availability of social workers is dwindling...not just because of budgets, but because the job is demanding and stressful!! Some social workers have to separate families every day, that can't be easy. A lot of people aren't willing to do it, and I applaud those who are. Even better? This movement made the news!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KCNV9cehR8&feature=youtube_gdata_player is just one example
Alright, off the soapbox. Shoving it under my bed now. Wait, it won't fit, I will just shove it in the closet instead.