Working for Children On-Line

This page grew out of our work on electronic advocacy by child advocacy organizations in the United States. Details of these studies can be found in the research section. This page will provide a brief bibliography on child advocacy, links to child advocacy organizations and resources on where to find information about children's issues.


Andrews, A.B. (1998). An exploratory study of political attitudes and acts among child and family services workers. Children and Youth Services Review 20 (5), 435-461.

Andrews, A. B., McLeese, D. G. & Curran, S. (1995). The impact of a media campaign on public action to help maltreated children in addictive families. Child Abuse and Neglect 19, 921.

Bailey, A.H. (1991, September 10). Pioneering a new form of advocacy for children. Chronicle of Philanthropy 3, 33-34.

Bloom, B., & Phillips, S. (2017). In whose best interest? The impact of changing public policy on relatives caring for children with incarcerated parents. In Children with Parents in Prison (pp. 63-74). Routledge.

Boylan, J. & Lebacq, M. (2000). Rights for wronged children: training child welfare professionals in advocacy and children�s rights. Child Abuse Review 9 (6), 444-447.

Boylan, J., Dalrymple, J. & Ing, P. (2000). Let�s do it! Advocacy, young people and social work education. Social Work Education 19, (6), 553-563.

Bremner, R.H. (1989). Encouraging advocacy for the underserved: the case of children. In Hodgkinson, V. (Ed). The future of the nonprofit sector. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 203- 218.

Coles, E., Cheyne, H., Rankin, J., & Daniel, B. (2016). Getting It Right for Every Child: A National Policy Framework to Promote Children's Well‐being in Scotland, United Kingdom. The Milbank Quarterly, 94(2), 334-365.

DeVita, C.J. & Mosher-Williams, R. (Eds.) (2001). Who speaks for America�s children?. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute.

Dreby, J. (2015). US immigration policy and family separation: The consequences for children's well-being. Social Science & Medicine, 132, 245-251.

Dundon, B. L. (1999-2000). My voice: an advocacy approach to service learning. Educational Leadership 57 (4), 34-37.

Gnaerig, B. & MacCormack, C. F. (1999). The challenges of globalization: save the children.  Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 28 (4), 140-146.

Hick, S. & Halpin, E. (2001). Children�s rights and the Internet. forthcoming in the Annuals

Imig, D. (1996). Advocacy by proxy: the children�s lobby in American politics. Journal on Children and Poverty 2, 31-53.

Krehely, J. and Montilla, M. (2000). Equitably wired? Assessing e-advocacy techniques of national child advocacy organizations. In The Impact of Information Technology on Civil Society: Working Papers from the Independent Sector�s 2001 Spring Research Forum. Washington, DC: Independent Sector.

Lennett, J.& Colten, M.E. (n.d.). A winning alliance: collaboration of advocates and researchers on the Massachusetts mothers survey. Violence Against Women 5 (10). 1118-1139.

Livingstone, S., & Bulger, M. (2014). A global research agenda for children's rights in the digital age. Journal of Children and Media, 8(4), 317-335.
Lott, M., Schwartz, M., Story, M., & Brownell, K. D. (2018). Why We Need Local, State, and National Policy-Based Approaches to Improve Children�s Nutrition in the United States. In Pediatric Obesity (pp. 731-755). Humana Press, Cham.

Mayall, B. (2000). The sociology of childhood in relation to children�s rights. The International Journal of Children�s Rights 8 (3), 243-259.

McNutt, J.G. & Boland, K.M. (2001). You can�t get there from here: a study of the adoption of electronic advocacy techniques. Presentation at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, November 29 - December 2, Miami, FL.

McNutt, J.G., Keaney, W.F., Crawford, P., Schubert, L. & Sullivan, C. (2001). Going on-line for children: a national study of electronic advocacy by non-profit child advocacy agencies In The Impact of Information Technology on Civil Society: Working Papers from the Independent Sector�s 2001 Spring Research Forum. Washington, DC: Independent Sector.

McNutt, J.G., Rowland, R., Keaney, W., Howard, W., Bartron, J., Crawford, P., Garnes, E. & Stricker, A. (2002). Nonprofit on-line advocacy for children�s causes: a comparison of national and sub national patterns. Presentation at the 6th International Research Symposium on Public Management (IRSPM VI). University of Edinburgh, Scotland, April 8-10.

Morgan, D.R. & Kickham, K. (2000). Children in poverty: do state policies matter? Social Science Quarterly 82 (3), 478-493.

Nix, M. (2000). State employees versus the religious right: a case study of grassroots lobbying for children. Early Childhood Education Journal 28 (2), 91-95.

Reid, L.W. (1999). The status of children in the United States: state-level determinants of social spending on youth. Sociological Spectrum 19 (3), 299-323.

Roberts, A. & Herrerias, C. (2000). Building political muscle for kids: a case study of child advocacy in Oklahoma. Free inquiry in critical sociology 28 (2), 95-104.

Scott, R.W., Deschenes, S.,Hopkins, K. Newman, A. & McLaughlin, M. (2004). Advocacy organizations and the field of child and youth services: Indicators and dynamics of early stages of field structuralization.  Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars, November 18-21.

Sutton, J.R. (1990). Bureaucrats and enterpreneurs: institutional responses to deviant children in the United States, 1890-1920s.  American Journal of Sociology 95 (6), 1367-1400.

Willer, B. (1983). Expanding our child advocacy efforts: NAEYC forms a public policy network for children. Young Children 38 (6), 71-74.




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