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We stand up for children and help to inform communities and decision makers about children's rights. We encourage children to actively take part in the decision-making processes that affect their lives and, if possible, speak up for themselves.

At SOS Children’s Villages, ADVOCACY is taking action to improve policies and practices that affect the well-being of children at risk of losing parental care or who have lost parental care. Based on our many years experience working with these children, we try to persuade policy-makers, institutions and the society to work for political, social, economic and cultural changes that ensure children can fully enjoy their rights, in a supportive and nurturing environment.

SOS Children’s Villages Kenya launched the Care for ME! in 2014 as an advocacy campaign to help realise every child’s right to quality alternative care

Care for ME! was launched by SOS Children's Villages International in December 2012 as a research and advocacy project to help realize every child’s right to quality alternative care within the National Associations, Using the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children the project assesses countries according to their standards of alternative care and identifies gaps and concerns in legislation and practice.

Advocacy work at the national and international levels was to be based on the findings of the researches carried out in the implementing Countries and involves lobbying Governments, care providers, International organizations and funding bodies for higher standards and protection for children.

Care for ME! has completed assessments in more than 20 countries and has on-going assessments in at least 15 more countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In Kenya, the two year long advocacy agenda surrounding the Care for me campaign will be based on strengthening Area Advisory Councils by facilitating periodic meetings and developing action plans and way-forwards for successive carry out.

It is intended that the outcome of this activity is to promote the activities of the AAC and in the long run ensure action pointers developed at the initial meetings are met and later used as channels to developing policy and advocacy at National level as well as lobbying for policy reform at a National discourse.

Pauline Kedogo ~ Advocacy Officer

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